Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Facebook Experiment

Selling out refers to the compromising of one's integrity, morality and principles in exchange for money, 'success' or other personal gain. It is commonly associated with attempts to increase mass appeal or acceptability to mainstream society. A person who does this, as opposed to following the original path s/he laid (or claimed to lay) out for him/herself, is labeled a sellout and regarded with disgust and immediate loss of respect. Selling out is seen as gaining success at the cost of credibility.

- Wikipedia

Yep, I'd say that's about right.

After years of resistance and ridicule, and against my better judgement, the blog has reluctantly acquiesced by joining Facebook.

As some of you may or may not have noticed, the blog had one of those nifty little counters installed last week (in the first week we had a little over 1,000 hits), and in an attempt to increase traffic, I have decided to branch out to the Facebook community (I feel dirty and impure just writing that). My brother has been saying for the better part of a year that opening a Facebook account would increase traffic 10-fold, so we're going to go ahead and put that theory to the test.

For the loyal dotcomrades who have been reading since the beginning, please welcome the fledgling Facebook All-Stars with open arms, and with the knowledge that the blog will not be selling out again anytime soon, unless of course the offer is just way too good to refuse.


Anonymous said...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... RIP.

Anonymous said...

First a cell phone and now this. What is the world comming to? Next you'll be selling your records. It's a sad sad day.

Sean McCallum said...

For the record, I am an absentee Facebook member. I'm literally just using this as an experiment to see how much of an increase in traffic the site gets (so far, it has been virtually non-existent).

Sandra is running that account exclusively. She's the one branching out to try to get as many "friends" as possible (shuddering...), reading the comments left on the "wall", and generally keeping my up to date with who's responding... To tell you the truth, I don't even want to know the password to get onto my Facebook page.

But still. I feel a little bit like Kurt Cobain (pre-shotgun incident) when he posed for the cover of Rolling Stone wearing a shirt that read "Corporate Magazines still suck":

Anonymous said...

Facebook is cool as long as you keep it real. And by keeping it real, I mean posting a picture of your fat self in a 6 year old's Superman outfit with your package visibily protruding.

What can I say? Chicks dig it.

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