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Can anyone explain the idea of "facebook solidarity" to me?

 
 
Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:09 pm
I got an email today requesting that I change my profile photo to a certain campaign image.

I don't do facebook so I don't get this at all. Is "facebook solidarity" a thing? Is it effective?

Just curious.
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jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:13 pm
@boomerang,
I've been on facebook for over three years now and have never heard of that. Be careful, could be some app looking to hack your account!
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:14 pm
@jcboy,
It's a local political issue. I get emails from them all the time. I don't think it's anything sinister.
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:20 pm
@boomerang,
I've seen it before. Change you profile picture to your child, pink ribbon, etc. No harm to it but something I don't bother with.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:27 pm
@boomerang,
It's a thing though I never knew it had a formal name. It's a thing and its an annoying trend I ignore at every turn it shows up.

Never got an email asking for a posting of a certain image or message on my profile but I see them often on my news feed.

Do you even have a Facebook account boomerang? If you don't then I expect your email box has been hit with a phishing campaign that assumes you have a Facebook account.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:27 pm
@engineer,
I didn't think it was harmful but it just doesn't make any sense to me. I thought maybe I just didn't get it since I don't use Facebook.

From where I'm sitting it sounds like kind of a stupid, ineffective, annoying thing to ask people to do.

Is it a way for people to feel like they're doing something when they really aren't doing anything?

Or does it really make a difference?
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:29 pm
@tsarstepan,
I get emails from the group all the time. It's a school/education issue and I get emails on this stuff constantly. I think they just assume everyone uses Facebook.
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:34 pm
@boomerang,
I suppose if you were on the fence and you saw all your friends supported a certain issue, it could be like peer pressure to support it or encouragement to research it yourself, but other than that it is probably more like a futile gesture.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Oct, 2012 06:40 pm
@engineer,
That makes sense! Thanks.
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