Sunday, 16 November 2014

Facebook Popularity! Really?!

Source: thenextweb.com


I don’t underestimate the power of social media platforms. Really. Being a content writer, I always say how crucial it’s for companies to leverage various social networking platforms to know and connect with their target audience. But hey, here I’m talking about our personal Facebook accounts. Normally, I wouldn’t blog about it but recently, my friend made me aware why I should take more care about my presence on Facebook.

I use only one social networking platform – Facebook. Yes, I understand Twitter and Pinterest, but I simply can’t make myself go there. Because all my friends are already there on Facebook. Why should I go to another platform to connect with the same set of people?

Never mind my stupid questions. Let’s not digress.

Just the other day, I wrote something painful and put that as my Facebook status. No, I wasn’t in pain. Neither I was depressed or suicidal. But being a writer, sometimes some thoughts take over my senses. I come up with lines that have nothing to do with my real life. Those are such small lines that I can neither make them into poem nor into fiction. So I post them as status on my account.

As soon as I posted that status, I started getting pings and messages from so-called friends to know if everything was alright with me. Even my brother asked me if I’m going through some kind of heartbreak. I got so fed up with the questions that I deleted that status to get peace of mind. But the story didn’t end there. The next day when I came to office, my office friend asked me why I’m so heartbroken. I was astounded by the question, to say the least. I really couldn’t get over the fact that my one status has such power to shake people in my friend list.

When I told him that it was just a random status and that he should know me better to ask such questions, he started explaining how important it is develop a right persona for Facebook. To make his point, he even asked me to Google topics like “how to become popular on Facebook.” I did it, and man, you should see the results. You will get tons of articles that emphasizes how you should strategize your personal Facebook account! Mind you, you aren’t a business and still you need to strategize your Facebook statuses and posts!!! 

This led me to another thought. Why do we have the need to be popular on Facebook? Does each one of us harbour Amitabh Bachchan within us and he's getting restless to come out? Or do we crave popularity to validate our thoughts and actions?

Another question, how far we are ready to go to get this elusive popularity on Facebook? I went through few articles such as Forbes, Wiki, and Cryptlife, and each of them talked about creating an interesting persona, and being fresh and unique. Really? I mean, what’s wrong with my existing persona? Why do I need to create another persona which apparently I’m not? And what do you mean by being fresh and unique? Of course I’m stale. Alas, I’ve been on this earth for more than 30 years. I’ve already lost my rose-tinted glasses more than a decade back (and I keep on becoming more and more cynic day by day). And unique! Am I not unique that I can ceaselessly find topics to rant about?

In short I suddenly realized speaking my mind on social networking platforms won’t do much for my peace of mind. It will rather start riots where there’s no need. So another resolution: write your thoughts in your personal journal wherein nobody can question you. Or create another Facebook profile under a pen name wherein you can speak my mind under the guise of anonymity.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Pankti, I somehow feel if your people buzzed you seeing your status that was because they were concerned about you and its good.. Isn't it?
    Social networking is ruling our lives no doubt... And so many things are already there...

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    1. When it's written a random thought, it's hard to digest. Had I been continuously writing such things, I'd have had understood their concern :)

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  2. Hmmm... Facebook sucks, like humans do... But I'm not getting one thing- although it's none of others' business, why would I let a sad line flow out of my keyboard if I'm not actually sad... Your fb-profile is Pankti Mehta... if you want others to take your apparently 'sad' words just a fiction, you should post it from an account with the blog name or your fan page... just my thought :-)

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    1. Posting from blog page is a good idea.

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  3. I don't care much for projecting an image on FB. But yes, in forums I try to be a little tactful. No point in starting riots as you say and then feeling bad about what someone said to you for days.

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    1. Yes, in forums it's better to stay away. My hate the idea of strategizing your own Facebook account. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  4. I don't care for an image on FB. I treat it as a personal account but I have seen many trying to do that. But really, strategy for personal FB account is a bit too much.

    - Jaspreet

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  5. Depends on what you want. If you want to sell yourself to an audience, you need to be fresh, interesting and all that and still be authentic. A tough order indeed. You just don't care about anything and just want to be, nothing matters. But then what would you be doing on social media anyways? Private chats would be the thing.

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    1. I use FB to make random statements :P

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  6. This reminds me of my cross to bear LOL

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