Earlier in the week Hubby announced he was “quitting” Facebook.
“I’m just tired of reading about every mundane task my “friends” do each and every day and post to Facebook,” he said.
Unlike Hubby, for many it has become a source of information, a way to keep up with long-lost friends and relatives and to be able to express some creativity, opinions and “likes.”
Recently I ran across a news release about the Facebook “Like” icon. It seems that the icon is used more than to signify that you like or agree with something or simply want to share it with other friends.
The article published on the abcnews.com website said that clicking the “like” button could reveal how you vote, suggest whether you are married or unmarried, whether your introverted, have a high IQ or a weakness for nicotine.
It goes on to say that a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that researchers were reported analyzing the likes of more than 58,000 American Facebook users to make guesses about their personalities, behavior and even whether they smoked, drank or did drugs.
A Cambridge University researcher said that the results may come as a surprise and that what we ‘like’ may say more about us than we realize.
Facebook launched the like button in 2009 and last year, had roughly 2.7 million new likes every day with people “liking” just about anything that comes with a “like” button.
But not every business or “like” button has the motive to gain more information about Facebook used for marketing purposes.
For example, the Herald-Dispatch Facebook page will not track you in any way based on “liking” our pages or posts. Our motive for wanting you to “like” us is simply to be able to offer you up-to-date news when it happens instead of waiting for our weekly print edition. Most of what we post has a link where you can find the story or information on our website.
You may have noticed a change in our Facebook page. What was once a profile page with “friends” has now become a “fan” page. For those of you who haven’t ‘liked’ our page yet, you can find us at www.facebook.com/sleepy.heralddispatch.
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But don’t worry, we won’t be tracking insights onto your personal life. Our motive for our Facebook page is to simply keep you informed.
What you will find on our Facebook page is news stories, photo galleries, videos, columns, obituaries and more information than sometimes we have the room for in our print edition.
We understand there are those of you who prefer to get your news digitally each week. That’s why we offer our e-edition by subscription and our website, which can be found at www.sleepyeyenews.com.
We also understand there are those of you who would rather not be pushed into the age of technology. For those individuals, we still continue to put out a print edition each and every week.
Whether you prefer the digital age or the feel of a newspaper between your hands, we thank you for continuing to support the Herald-Dispatch.