Fang Talks


No? Then don’t tell me.

Social media sites are especially guilty of this bullshit. The whole “something vaguely related to you got mentioned by this guy you don’t even know!” thing, it’s of literally zero value to me. And yet, for some reason, notifications like those are on by default. If you can even switch them off at all. Which you probably can’t. Which is just awful.

One of the rare few times I actually spoke to someone on Twitter about a game has been my biggest mistake yet. To this day, I still get notifications, “hey, someone liked a tweet you were mentioned in!” Do I need to know? Have I ever said I care for that information? For me it’s not that bad, since I don’t get any important notifications anyway, but for more popular folks it may very well add a whole lot of noise to their already hard-to-track, busy-as-fuck signal.

I’m genuinely curious who thought this up, what the idea behind it was, and whether that’s actually working. Does it increase the user-base’s feeling of cohesion? Does it stimulate interaction? Does anyone use the information whatsoever? Does it help people find likeminded individuals?

At least it infuriates a portion of the users, so it’s accomplishing something alright.
~ Fang


  • 10/03/2016 (2:12 PM)

    I think it’s supposed to increaase feelings of cohesion. I actually woke up to a few emails from Facebook telling me people had done things. If I really cared I would have known already.

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