"Personality," says Adam Ostrow, editor in chief of Mashable.com, an online publication that covers social networking. "Personality is really what drives people to (follow) you…”
Anne Trubek, a writer and associate professor of composition and rhetoric at Oberlin College who is studying status updates as a developing 21st-century literary form, sorted them into four categories for her column in the online magazine GOOD:
- The prosaic (Jill is baking bread);
- the informative (Jack loves this article from GOOD, followed by the link);
- the clever and funny (Johnny thinks Obama should be sworn in a few more times, just to be EXTRA safe); and
- the poetic or nonsensical (If Jim were a cloud, he would rain Earl Grey tea).1
So what’s your personality? Clearly you can deviate, but I’m sure each of us has a predominate style.
Now let’s talk funny and clever. We’ve learned [myself included] through this Facebook blog series the following: stay positive, use photos/videos, and be funny when you can. I say be funny at least once a week. As I perused my FB friends I found I have very few funny friends. Is that a reflection on me? Am I too serious? Or have we all forgotten how important humor is in everyday life?I have the only three examples of humor that were connected to my circle of FB friends and they made me laugh.
First is just a status update from an 18 year-old that garnered 17 likes:
“Cigarettes are a lot like hamsters, perfectly harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it on fire.”
Next, keeping with the rodent-related humor genre, this photo secured 19 likes with 9 comments, many of which contained “LOL.”
And finally, this one proved all the research correct…it was shared 184 times.
If you have some funny, humorous, and clever resources, please share. I can't think of a better ending to this Facebook series than laughing…out loud.