Memes du Semaine: 25 Random Things, and 2 others

  •  “25 Random Things About Me”  is the latest in a rash of viral memes where you post a Note on Facebook  following certain instructions, and “tag” your friends who then must repeat the same.  In a recent TIME article, Claire Suddath rips aparts the “25 Random Things About Me” meme,   irritably.  I fell for a previous Facebook-Social-Virus, the “grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4” meme which used the Facebook  Status Update / Comment  function as its propagation mechanism… not as effective for spreading across networks.  Some of my closest friends and I have debated the merits of “25 Random Things.”  I watched them cave into pressure as more and more of their closest friends jumped in… kind of like how they decided to join Facebook in the first place ( “ok, if I receive another three of these invites from my real life friends I guess I’ll have to see what all the fuss is about…”) . In the end (well, do far…), I didn’t (haven’t yet) bite (bitten).  For one thing, I’ve got a blog, which is plenty of online exhibitionism already.   Must… resist… urge… to… obsess… about… myself…

UPDATE:   Some funny variations on the “25 Random Things” meme: 

2.5 Random Things about me
1) I have never been good at math – decimals confuse me.

2) In my teens I jumped out of an airplane, was head cadet of my school, was the captain of the shooting team, head of house, co-ran the school bar and still managed to do bad things without being caught.

3) I rarely


This is just another one of those “getting to know you” memes going around Facebook! I decided to write my own to ask the questions I wanted to know about my friends! Please copy and paste this into a new Note, then answer the questions and tag 25 of your friends. Don’t forget to tag me, too!!!

1. What is your full name?

2. Where were you born?

3. What is your mother’s maiden name?

4. What was the name of the street you grew up on?

5. What was the name of your childhood pet?

6. What is your favorite sports team?

7. What are the last four digits of your social security number?


(tip ‘o the hat to Steve & Chaim/Akil)


  • The New Liberal Arts :  Something on my mind for a long time now: What *are* the new core competencies for survival in our nutty world?  Photoshop?  GAAP?  Improv comedy?



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Posted on February 5, 2009, in Diversions, Social Media, Uncommon Comestibles. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I don’t see what’s so brilliant about the Time article. Claire Suddath writes:

    “But it’s just so stupid. Most people aren’t funny, they aren’t insightful, and they share way too much. Facebook is a loose social network; a “friend” on Facebook might translate to someone you’d barely recognize in real life.”

    Does she add any old person who she doesn’t even know to her Facebook friends list? Or is it just that all her friends are as she describes – not funny, not insightful, and they share way too much.

    Clearly people’s use of Facebook varies quite drastically. Either that, or Claire needs to get herself some better friends. I’ve really enjoyed reading my close friends’ lists. Wow! Imagine that! Actual real friends on Facebook!

  2. Thanks for this, Thorf. Reading your comment and looking back at that Suddath article, I have to agree with you. What a bitter, bitter thing to say, “Most people aren’t funny, they aren’t insightful… etc.” I think I liked some of the craft in that TIME article, the way it flowed, but actually the random placement of text ads is actually pretty un-crafty. You are right: It’s nice to learn about your close friends. That some people have “friends” on Facebook who are not neccessarily close, this is a whole other topic (some thoughts on that here and here).

    I think will revise my post from “Claire Suddath rips aparts the … meme, brilliantly” to “Claire Suddath rips apart the … meme, irritably.”

    Also, for the next wiki-style update to this post, I’ve received two very funny variations on this “25 Things” meme from friends.

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