Zero-price Markets in everything: “Fake following”

by on August 26, 2008 at 5:13 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

Jason Kottke reports:

This is a little bit genius. One of the new features of FriendFeed (a
Twitter-like thingie) is "fake following". That means you can friend
someone but you don’t see their updates. That way, it appears that
you’re paying attention to them when you’re really not. Just like
everyone does all the time in real life to maintain their sanity. Rex calls it
"most important feature in the history of social networks" and I’m
inclined to agree. It’s one of the few new social features I’ve seen
that makes being online buddies with someone manageable and doesn’t
just make being social a game or competition.

Andrew August 26, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Glad I’m more tech savvy than my advisor. The only problem is I must divulge a secret every now and then to stay valuable.

Back at the salt mine, I determined that the game was a competition to see who could pretend to be up to speed on the most stuff. The purpose of subordinates is to expand the sphere of intelligence gathering. This is another step in the arms race.

This is a benefit of academia. Everyone is so anti-social that, yes, they make you feel like crap, but at least they don’t want to bug you. So, if you can handle long stretches of desertion, peppered with brief sessions of browbeating, academia is for you!

Andrew Lacey August 26, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Better still would be to send only 1 in every N messages. Call it partial follow. Pick them randomly or randomly with a bias toward longer, more commented/replied or more clicked messages.

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