It's easy to talk about all the things that are annoying and obnoxious and ridiculous about Facebook -- and lord knows, we talk about it plenty! But in the spirit of, I don't know, spreading a little cheer and positivity (and not talking about how everything sucks), I thought it would be nice to do a 180, and talk about the things that are awesome about Facebook. Namely, the things we need to see more of.
Here are 5 things we need to see way more of on Facebook. Come on, people, get it together.
Adorable pet photos. I happen to love a Facebook feed that's riddled with pics of cute babies and children, but I know that's not the case with everyone. But come on, who doesn't like adorable photos of doggies and kitties and bunnies? No one! If you have a pet, throw a hooded sweatshirt on him for cryin' out loud and take some photos. You'll probably make someone's day.
Good news. Christ, is it just me, or is Facebook depressing as hell sometimes? Stories of death; weird, vague postings of morbid song lyrics; updates asking people to repost if they don't want the universe to explode by sundown ... which it will if you don't. Let's get some good news going, people. Would it kill everyone to post uplifting, happy stories once in a while? Pretty soon they're going to change the name to Bummerbook.
Interesting/helpful links. There are always a few people, depending on who you're friends with, who make it a point to post thought-provoking, non-Kardashian-related links, but seems like they're few and far between. It would be nice to log off of Facebook feeling smarter instead of dumber.
Actual messages. Be honest: How many times do you log on to Facebook and see a personal message from someone? There's a lot of tagging and writing on walls going on, but not a lot of one-on-one messaging. Let's change that! Send someone you like but don't talk to often a "Hey, how's it going" message instead of just liking their status. It'll go a long way.
A real reflection of people's lives. If Facebook's name doesn't change to BummerBook, it ought to change to BragBook. Online, everyone's lives seem so amazing, so perfect, so fantastical that, well, it makes everyone else feel like crap (and it also makes people question the authenticity). Instead of a "Wow! My Valentine's Day was HANDS DOWN the most magical night of my life!!!!!!" post, why not try for a "My Valentine's Day was cool. Went to dinner then came home and went to sleep. The end."
What would you like to see more of on Facebook?
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