Defending Facebook's 25 Things About Me meme
I am skeptical about most things that originate on Facebook, but here's why this meme worked for me.
1. It is a meme, not an application. It's just an idea--write a note containing 25 things about yourself, and tag 25 friends in that note. There is no third party application involved other than Facebook itself.
2. It didn't come into my email inbox. Everyone hates spam, but I also have a very low tolerance for forwarded emails of any kind, even ones that are well-meaning. If I am in my email inbox, I am most likely trying to work. When I go on Facebook, I am looking for a little brea, a planned interruption. There is a huge difference between having fun stuff pushed at me versus seeking it out.
3. I was sent this message by people whom I am genuinely friends with. A whole bunch of them started doing it and it generated a fun sense of community.
4. My friends must have good taste. Generally speaking, they didn't overshare with personal details. The only weird thing that happened for me occurred when an old friend wrote something about me in his 25 Things list.
5. Even though I was only technically sharing it with friends, my filter writing this was not to put anything I wouldn't want to see published in The New York Times. Good thing, because now the Times is now reporting on it, too. Extra good thing since I realized later I had set my privacy settings to make that part of my profile visible to "my networks" which included 300,000 people in Raleigh/Durham. Whoops.
6. I love finding out about my friends' hidden talents. I recommend this type of icebreaker in The Mojo Mom Party Kit, and the Facebook meme had that same vibe. I found out new things about people whom I have known for a long time.
7. It helps to have a sense of humor about the whole thing. It's not high art or rocket science.
I'll stop at seven things today...you didn't expect me to go all the way to 25, did you?
How did you react to the 25 Things meme? Was it fun? Did you learn anything interesting? Has it jumped the shark yet?