Facebook is a wonderful social networking platform, but it does come with its annoyances. The latest annoyance is the every growing number of “Like Beggars”. We have all seen them and some of us encounter more than one of them every day. “Like Beggars” are those who post a message to your facebook wall , the wall of a facebook page you follow, a facebook group you belong to or even directly to your facebook inbox asking you to please “click on this link and like so and so photo” .
Somewhere someone discovered that they could drive “traffic” to their facebook page by creating “like competitions” where people submit photos and stand a chance to win a prize if they get the most “likes”. Initially the idea was great in that those photos which people really liked would get the prize, but now you just need to be the best beggar of likes to win whatever competition is being hosted irrespective of the quality of the photos or qualities of the person in the photo.
Like Beggars Rule
I now see that even some beauty pageants have started the “Like” thing and I believe it is unfair and terribly annoying. The person with the most “Likes” on their picture is now no longer an ambassador or even representative of the c9ompetition, they are simply the biggest beggars. I recently noted a matric farewell photo “like” competition which was hosted by one of South Africa’s top magazines on their facebook page. I followed it with some interest as I quickly noticed who sub-par photos moved past stunning photographs purely because the participants seem to have made begging a form of art.
Begging for Facebook Likes is the same as begging for change
I stopped at a red light the other day and could not help but see the resemblance between the average facebook like beggar and the guy waving a hand at my car window begging for some change. In the end so many simply give in an hand out some change just to get rid of them. What those who give in to beggars do not always realise is that handing out to a beggar makes them beg for more. The is a subculture of beggars living within the facebook social network and we are teaching them to be even better beggars.
If only I could dislike
Imagine if facebook had a Dislike button. I doubt facebook will ever implement a dislike button as people can get nasty and the “like beggars” will become warring factions with “dislikes” behind clicked all over. So what are we to do? I warn them and on further infringements I now delete “like beggars”. I have enough annoyances in life and really don’t want to contend with another.
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