Logging into Facebook lately, it seems as though my friends’ status updates have developed somewhat of a persona. Taking the status updates at face (book) value, without delving too deeply into how someone’s status reflects that person in real life, there appears to be a few categories these updates can be placed in. Tell me, what’s really on your mind.
These updates are a form of massively communicated venting directed at the entity that caused the frustration and will, more than likely, never be read by the frustrater.
At one point or another, I’m sure we’ve all posted something that could fit into this category. Personally, my only Vent-O-Matic post was directed toward the band Phish and their cult-like followers when they came to town and took all the available parking spots. I have to admit, expressing my disdain for them via status update was quite cathartic. And…just because I can and because they’re funny, here are some more examples:
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to see that you’re about to take a shower while eating mac ‘n cheese, doing a crossword puzzle (if this was a FB status, it would fall under the Vent-O-Matic). Play-by-Play status updates are exactly that, a play-by-play of whatever the person did, is doing, or will do. I might be a little harsh, but I don’t even think the people that post in this category want to see this stuff on their feed, what makes them think their friends do?
According to Wikipedia, “In ancient Latin, persona meant ‘mask’. Today it does not usually refer to a literal mask, but to the ‘social masks’ all humans supposedly wear.”
What “social mask” do you wear? What categories stand out in your news feed?