Saturday 18 May 2013

Book ~ "99 Reasons Everyone Hates Facebook" (2013) Emmet Purcell

From Goodreads ~ Writer Emmet Purcell is a simple man with simple tastes. He likes keeping things short and simple, which is why Facebook appealed to him when it first surfaced. However, as it inevitably transformed from being a well-loved social outlet for friends and family into an egotistical, duck pose-laden, virtual farming-centric nightmare, he decided to take a humorous tongue-in-cheek "poke" at the social website in his new release 99 Reasons Everyone Hates Facebook.

“With over one billion worldwide users, Facebook has become a part of our social identity … for good or ill. Mostly ill,” says Purcell. “But rather than wag a disapproving finger at the website itself, I decided to point out such inanities as creating a Facebook page for your pets, giving out WAY too much personal information, Face-Bragging and being one of the 48,000 people who have been suckered into clicking on ‘Join if you love your dad/mom/Jesus.”

99 Reasons Everyone Hates Facebook consists of nine chapters that contain 10-12 "reasons" each, with each chapter focusing on some of the biggest Facebook offenders around. For example:

Reason #1 - Huge numbers of people gather together on Facebook to form the most pointless of groups
Reason #23 - Posting song lyrics as a status message
Reason #33 – Spending real money on virtual goods
Reason #64 - The plight of Facebook’s only other Mark Zuckerberg
Reason #70 - Facebook was mean to a really, really old woman
Reason #95 - Don't like Timeline? Tough luck

The author has listed 99 reasons he feels everyone hates Facebook ... it's amazing he could come up with 99 (and I found most of them valid)!  They are divided up by chapters:
  1. Idiots
  2. Attention Seekers
  3. Apps
  4. Desperate Facebookers
  5. To Much Information
  6. Party Poopers
  7. Social Harassment
  8. The Impact of Facebook
  9. Timeline

I'm on Facebook and thought this book would be fun ... and it was.  The writing style was funny and sarcastic.

The author made note of a lot of things that annoy me too including:
  1. Sideways photos
  2. Vaguebookers - Putting stuff like "Wondering if it's worth it" as a status.  They are designed to bait unwitting friends to ask what's wrong and then they reply with stuff like "I don't want to talk about it".  I don't get sucked up into those games.
  3. Facebook "quitters" - Instead of just quitting, they (as attention seekers) announce that they are going to quit Facebook ... and then don't because their friends beg them not to.  If you are going to quit, quit!
  4. Facebook farmers - I don't play games on Facebook so stop inviting me to play.
  5. The utterly useless Notes function - what's the point of it?
  6. No "Dislike" button

If you're on Facebook, you'll probably be able to relate to a lot of the reasons in this book.

1 comment:

Masshole Mommy said...

This sounds like a really funny book!