The Cellar  

Go Back   The Cellar > Main > The Internet

The Internet Web sites, web development, email, chat, bandwidth, the net and society

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-03-2010, 12:08 AM   #1
freshnesschronic
Professor
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,555
Social Media Experiment

Hey cellar,

I did a little social media experiment today. I changed my birthday on Facebook to August 2nd (yesterday) and had it public view for everyone....Even though my birthday is Februrary 2nd...51 of my friends wrote on my wall and were fooled into thinking it was my birthday.

I don't know what to say about my generation, but I proved that many many young adults are so reliant, so tuned into to social mediums and social networking like Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, Facebook, etc...that they don't really get to know the real people behind the webpage!

Social media is a good way to stay in touch with friends afar, but I won't forget to still get to know the people around me.
freshnesschronic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 07:00 AM   #2
HungLikeJesus
Only looks like a disaster tourist
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: above 7,000 feet
Posts: 7,208
Happy birthday, freshnesschronic!
__________________
Keep Your Bodies Off My Lawn

SteveDallas's Random Thread Picker.
HungLikeJesus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 07:14 AM   #3
Griff
still says videotape
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 26,813
I'm not sure you're being totally fair here Fresh. As a rule, dudes don't remember birthdays, your Facebook gave them a way to remember...
__________________
If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.
- Louis D. Brandeis
Griff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 07:43 AM   #4
Spexxvet
Makes some feel uncomfortable
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,346
Quote:
Originally Posted by freshnesschronic View Post
Hey cellar,

I did a little social media experiment today. I changed my birthday on Facebook to August 2nd (yesterday) and had it public view for everyone....Even though my birthday is Februrary 2nd...51 of my friends wrote on my wall and were fooled into thinking it was my birthday.
If it's on the innerwebz it must be true, so....
Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
Happy birthday, freshnesschronic!
LOL and haggis!
__________________
"I'm certainly free, nay compelled, to spread the gospel of Spex. " - xoxoxoBruce
Spexxvet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 10:50 AM   #5
Clodfobble
UNDER CONDITIONAL MITIGATION
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 20,012
I think it says more about what you define as a "friend." The real question is, of those 51, were any of them relatives, or one of your top 3 best friends?
Clodfobble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 11:43 AM   #6
Razzmatazz13
Vicariously, I live...
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 1,221
I have an awful time remembering things like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. (even though I clearly lack my own penis) so, I admit to being one of "this generation" who is "completely dependent upon electronic media" and whatnot.

Cause I'm totally sure that before the internet, people just completely memorized every detail about their friends lives. No one wrote that stuff in a calendar or date book to remind them, ever.

PS, fresh... while you're angry at our generation...how many of the numbers that are saved in your cell phone do you KNOW without looking?


PPS, I don't know why I got so rant-y in this post... don't mind me
__________________
I have some people I need to have smoted. ~ SteveDallas

Last edited by Razzmatazz13; 08-03-2010 at 11:58 AM. Reason: I totally said totally waaaay too many times in total
Razzmatazz13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 11:48 AM   #7
xoxoxoBruce
The future is unwritten
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 71,105
Important life lesson learned early, through your "social media experiment". Nobody really gives a fuck about your birthday, unless there's something in it for them, like an excuse to get drunk.
__________________
The descent of man ~ Nixon, Friedman, Reagan, Trump.
xoxoxoBruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 12:06 PM   #8
bbro
Insert witty comment here
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 2,182
A lot of times, that is the only way that I know someones birthday. The important ones are stored in my phone.
bbro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 12:51 PM   #9
Sundae
polaroid of perfection
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: West Yorkshire
Posts: 24,185
Since before I was born, my super-organised mother has had a calendar up in the kitchen with everyone's birthday on it. And when I say everyone... okay, not Dwellars, but pretty much anyone else she has ever met. And their children, as well as anniversaries of both marriage and death.

Mum still has a better memory for these things than I do, but if I wanted to mess with her head I could change a couple of dates in her 2011 calendar when she gets it. As long as it's not immediate family she really wouldn't know any better.

I remember important birthdays with no reminder. I just get mixed up on the dates sometimes. My parents, siblings, Grandad - I got. My bro's DOB used to be my "memorable date" when I had a telebanking account. The 'rents and siblings anniversaries - less so - I know the month and the approx date. I lie - it's only my sister's I'm really unsure of. My niece, yes - she's at the end of a month, so as long as I know the month (I do) I'm okay. My nephew's no - it's an odd number with two digits. I know the month but need reminding of the date. My BIL and SIL - not a hope. Both in a warm month I think. BIL, June? SIL, August? I need reminding.

And THAT is family!

The weird thing is a remember precisely the DOB for the man who broke my heart.
But not one of my oldest friends.
I guess the painful things stick in your head more...?
Sundae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 01:51 PM   #10
Happy Monkey
I think this line's mostly filler.
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: DC
Posts: 13,575
It seems to me that it is somewhat unreasonable to expect over 50 people to know your birthday, let alone be so certain of it that they'll say you got your own birthday wrong on your Facebook page.
__________________
_________________
|...............| We live in the nick of times.
| Len 17, Wid 3 |
|_______________| [pics]
Happy Monkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 01:56 PM   #11
Shawnee123
Why, you're a regular Alfred E Einstein, ain't ya?
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 21,206
It's just the egocentrism of youth. When you get to be my age, you don't care if anyone remembers your birthday or not.
__________________
A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones who need the advice.
--Bill Cosby
Shawnee123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 08:04 PM   #12
HungLikeJesus
Only looks like a disaster tourist
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: above 7,000 feet
Posts: 7,208
That wasn't the experiment, just the set-up. The experiment is when you do it again in three months.
__________________
Keep Your Bodies Off My Lawn

SteveDallas's Random Thread Picker.
HungLikeJesus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2010, 06:55 AM   #13
wanderer
Master of the Domain
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 225
Hey freshnesschronic, did they send along any b'day gifts?
__________________
smoke on the water
wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2010, 08:38 AM   #14
ZenGum
Doctor Wtf
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Badelaide, Baustralia
Posts: 12,861
Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
That wasn't the experiment, just the set-up. The experiment is when you do it again in three months.



DO IT!


Over three weeks, post that you've become Baptist, then socialist, then gay. See who notices.
__________________
Shut up and hug. MoreThanPretty, Nov 5, 2008.
Just because I'm nominally polite, does not make me a pussy. Sundae Girl.
ZenGum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2010, 03:59 PM   #15
thud85
...is the sound one's head makes as it hits the table.
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Flahrida
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by freshnesschronic View Post
I don't know what to say about my generation, but I proved that many many young adults are so reliant, so tuned into to social mediums and social networking like Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, Facebook, etc...that they don't really get to know the real people behind the webpage!
If it weren't for Facebook, I wouldn't know when anyone's (except my immediate family and maybe 3 other people) birthday is... If it weren't for my cell phone, I wouldn't know what anyone's phone number is (except my parents and friends from high school's parents' houses)... But if I didn't HAVE these tools, I would keep an address book and birthday calendar. It's not a matter of me not actually "knowing" my Facebook contacts (although I don't actually know all of them), it's just that tools of technology have updated the way people keep track of things.

A friend changing his/her birthday on Facebook is the same to me as that person coming over to my house and changing it in a handwritten contact book or calendar. I wouldn't expect my friends to remember my birthday... I know hundreds of people and there are hundreds of days in the year, so I don't take it personally that people might need help remembering. If Facebook is that tool, that's OK with me...
thud85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:32 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.