When does the need to accumulate followers cross the line of human decency? When does our need to be ‘liked’ supersede our ability for compassion and humanity?
In my case, when I receive a ‘Like’ seconds after I’ve posted a piece about the death of my father on the day he died. And the ‘Liker’ is a retail blog with no interest in grief or death or loss.
The ‘Like’ was purely about improving their own stats. Presumably, given the speed of the response, it was done utilising a software package that scans for new posts and automatically hits ‘Like’ (I believe they exist). I’d hate to think it was done by a real person who not only did not read the post but obviously didn’t even read the title (My Dad Died Today).
Okay, I’ve had those quick Likes before. All bloggers have, right?
The problem this time is that my post was so personal, so emotionally raw, that to sally forth with a random, unrelated ‘Like’ was breathtakingly insensitive.
It seems some people will do anything to promote their blog.
I clicked through to this
abomination blog and left a searing comment about their insensitivity. I asked them what exactly they ‘liked’ about my post. Did they even read my post? I suggested they might, in future, wish to read a post before hitting the ‘Like’ button. On posting the comment, I was left with the advice that my comment was “awaiting moderation”. It soon after disappeared. As did the ‘Like’ on my post.
When I wrote the first draft of this post – pretty soon after this occurred – I was going to ‘Name and Shame’ the blog in question. I had the good sense to save my post as a Draft and have now rewritten quite a lot of it. I also will not be naming that blog. For a start, let’s face it, so many of them do it. Secondly, I think my comment made them realise what they had done and, ultimately, I am not going to join their ranks of the brutal and insensitive.
If you’re into ‘Liking’ posts at whim without reading them or if you use one of those programs that does it for you or if you develop that type of program, please realise that sometimes that form of pursuit of Readership Glory can cause enormous hurt to the recipient. Maybe think a little more carefully and act a little more compassionately.
And maybe don’t need so much to be ‘Liked’.