…Facebook status updates supporting causes by changing your profile pic, posting a certain status update or anything along those lines.
For example right now I have several facebook friends who have changed their profile picture and placed this status update:
“Change your Facebook profile picture to cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday there should be no human faces on Facebook, but a cache of childhood memories. This is for the elimination of violence against children. Show your support”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for supporting organisations that prevent child abuse. I don’t however understand in the slightest how everyone changing their profile pictures achieves a damn thing? There’s no link to a certain organisations donation page. There’s no one offering to donate 10p (or 10c) to a charity for every person that changes their profile picture and links to their page. It’s simply a glorified version of,
“Hey girls change your status update to the colour of your underwear but keep it a secret to confuse all the boys”.
I mean seriously what are we…12?
It irks me to no end.
It reminds me of days gone by when email was the be all and end all of online interactions (along side chat rooms and forums of course) and being that I was religious back then I’d receive email’s with some gif animations and a blurb about how wonderful Jesus is followed by a paragraph on how most people won’t forward this on because they are ashamed and embarrassed to shout their beliefs from the roof tops. I mean, come off it! Doesn’t anyone stop and think before pressing send?
Then there were the freaky deaky emails that suggested something awful would happen to you if you dare not forward this email on in the next 15 minutes to a minimum of 10 people. Bloody hell.
I suppose before the internet it was chain letters trying to freak people out and make them pay forward their grief by writing more misguided letters and slapping a stamp on ’em.
I can’t help but baa quietly under my breath and hum, “Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell“.