So, what’s the deal with ‘Like’s?

    Where do they ‘Live’? What happens when they ‘Die’
Damn word-thieves. Unimaginative ‘samplers’. Go buy a vowel and make your own novel and distinct word for what happens when a post meets one’s fancy.
Seriously, I have no clue what’s up with ‘Like’s, other than a notification in the victim’s email In-box.
I’ve been ‘liked’ here, by folks whose judgement I value highly, and I appreciate it. I’ve also been ‘Robo-liked’ by sites who never even visited me or read the post. Usually the Robo-likers have ‘59,000 Followers’. They have the time to send out swarms of  Liker-zombies, searching for new meat.
Anyway, do ‘Like’s go anywhere? Do they pile up in some WP personel-file, to your credit? Does anyone but the ‘Liker’ and the ‘Likee’ ever hear about them.
I’d really like to know, so no avocado comments this time, just the facts, OK?
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ADD: I don’t know why I so resist being reduced to a one-word yes/no. Pavlov called his early proto-likes ‘Salivates’ ‘Drools‘ might just catch on. They’ll probably spell it ‘Drulez‘ for cuteness. Yeah, ‘I Haz ‘Drulez’
I remember seeing an ad for a retirement village. the blurb boasted ‘Over seven different life-styles available!’ Don’t think they had mine in stock, plus what’s up with ‘over seven‘? Does that sound more tempting than ‘eight’? Cause you know, if they had 119, they’d surely crow even louder about that. But I babble on…  So what’s the deal with ‘Like’s? 

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28 thoughts on “So, what’s the deal with ‘Like’s?

  1. dimebone

    If you get enough LIKEs you might be cited as Freshly Pressed. It is a distant unobtainable goal. Often I wish there were a ‘Dislike’ button. As in youtube. And perhaps a Loathe button or a BoredAgain button.

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      ha, I especially ‘like’ ‘Bored-again’. Makers of apostrophes world-wide are these days taking out new mortgages on houses they can’t yet afford, expecting the current trend of ironic expressions to snowball.

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  2. whyzat

    I like thought that the “likes” were like footprints made by people who like had no comment to like make. I wonder if the pointless likes are supposed to have commas setting them off. Like, I don’t, like, know.

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      Oy, I can remember when ‘how many commas for ‘like’?’ was not yet even on a man’s busy agenda, what with shooing the horses and planting a Victory garden. I ‘like’ your clever comment. Don’t ,like, stop.

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  3. Beth1285

    I figured they were like rec’s on Xanga. I’m pretty sure if I Like something, it shows in my the feed of people following me. (But now that I look, I’m not sure that’s true.) Maybe it’s like a Poke. Pointless except to those people who give a damn.

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  4. eleanorio

    I’d like to know what’s with the errant apostrophe in “like’s”. It’s not a contraction for anything, nor is it a possessive. Did you just do that to see if anyone would notice and comment?
    Oh, and for a real answer to your question, it’s like Xanga’s system of giving you blips or kudos or whatever they were called. Just a nice way to say, “I came, I read, I liked it but didn’t have anything intelligent to say.”

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      But very often folks both comment and ‘like’. (There, see, it’s in quotes, to indicate its being used in a special sense, much like ‘Friends’. ) i do recall when you nicely explained the separate words its and it’s, years ago.

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  5. Kakalakola

    Solberg, you tower above the competing beasts like a giraffe in a circus parade, except for the 40 foot whooping crane.

    Personally, I prefer the Spanish “Me Gusta” to the English “Like”.

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  6. solberg73 Post author

    Yes, sp kinda puts the post in the driver’s seat: ‘This entry moves me’. like a fresh gust of cyber-wind.Hebrew also turns-around many verbs, for better or worse.

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  7. Roadkill Spatula

    Personally I would like a “Hmm…” button, or possibly a whole array of reactions: “OMG!!!” “yep” “No way!” “Huh.” “Huh?” “Duh” “Oh yeah?” “Oy vey/Ach! Gewalt!/¡Caramba!” “Sigh…” “Zzzz…”

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      I freaking love it, Tim! Your choices nicely cover the range of reactions I mostly have on an average day.. Let us all now pause and dream of a blog-site which adopts your killer idea. Seriously. It would even help bloggers to achieve their blogging goals, if any.

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  8. ordinarybutloud

    I have to be honest, I’ve completely lost interest in trying to figure out the way to make wordpress work for me and reverted to blogging into a void the way I did when I first joined Xanga. However, I *thought* the “likes” went somewhere, like your feed or whatever. I swear I used to know what other people “liked” somehow. But maybe not. Also I sometimes “like” when I don’t leave a comment. It’s like, hey, I like you, I like your post, how do you like that? But with body language. Virtual body language.

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      No discussion is ever complete, not even by half, until I hear ‘WWOBLD’ (What would OBL Do?’) i’m dead serious, I so value your critical mind.
      I just think it’s odd that ‘Like’s live here, among us, and nobody knows where they shop, dine-out, grow up and have kids. And no one seems to be asking.
      Technically, i’m guessing that the Void-Prose mavens (to pervert a term) wanted to create a sort of nose-touch in cyber-land. Lke a hamster who ‘coos’? from time to time, just to tell you ‘Thanks for the wheel’. They do that? I obviously know bubkes about the breed.

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      1. ordinarybutloud

        because i don’t do FB i don’t know if “likes” were born at FB or at WP. i suspect FB had them first and WP just adopted them because everyone is used to seeing them around.

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  9. ordinarybutloud

    Also, I can still get on my Xanga. It looks pretty much exactly like my Xanga used to look, but without any functions or first page or any of the other stuff that we had over there. In other words, exactly like my new wordpress.

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      Yes, I also check my ‘Wreck of the Hesperus’ Xanga daily. Zakiah, the sweet woman known as ZSA-MD bought me a paid site, but it is so far ‘ain’t, like, happening’.( Beth Seedsower offered too, but Zakiah had already bought a dozen) I frankly suspect a ruse there. Management with innocent motives would not typically remain so incommunicado.. Or, perhaps more likely, they are just ‘lamechs’ in over their tiny heads.
      A good (implied) point you made, that Void-Puss lacks any communal drinking-fountain. It may very well be that what I dislike here, more than the inscrutable navigation, is a decent Front Page. I’d even accept up to 9% anorexic serial vomiters/documenters-of-such, just for an overview of the town I’ve been forced to live in..

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  10. ordinarybutloud

    wait, you mean people who bought extra sites don’t have them? Mine migrated because I was premium at the time of the xangapocalypse, just by weird chance. It seems like it would probably work if I wanted to post something on it, which I don’t. Of course, “freshly pressed” is the same idea, but yes generally I think over here you have to create your own community. this is difficult if you blog anonymously. also it’s difficult if you don’t plan to create a platform comprising your FB, your Twitter, your Instagram and your WP and share them all with each other and buy some commenters. But eh. it’s a good place to sit and rest and think about what to do next while maintaining some limited contact with the people you liked the most.

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      sigh* the Rolling Stones agree: ‘Ya cain’t always get what ya want.’ No, my ghost Xanga site is still just a skeleton, usable only to comment/console the dying.

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  11. ordinarybutloud

    oh yeah!! I forgot you can only comment and read if you’re not a “member.” Huh. I haven’t tried to post anything on mine. I wonder what would happen? I wonder, but not enough to type in all those extra letters to get to the site and then *gasp* try to post something. That seems like a lot of work on this rainy day.

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    1. solberg73 Post author

      i was about to mention that we are rainy here too, thank god, after the typical 8 dry months. Nce to catch us both active; it’s 6PM here. CYA tomorrow, same place, kid.♥

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    2. Roadkill Spatula

      I would be surprised if there wasn’t some sort of community of brilliant-working-moms-with-serious-nonETSYlevel-artistic-aspirations here on WP. I’ve found a thriving expat/TCK group and really nerdy technical blogs to follow.

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      1. solberg73 Post author

        Ok, only two Googles later, I now ‘own’ ETSY and TCK. My question, as a wannabe know-it-all (and dad to two TWKWUSP (third world kids with US passports) is:
        does everyone know these acronyms except me? The rock I live under isn’t particularly rich in breaking memes. From here, only a truly determined soul would know it’s Halloween in the civilized world. (The same goes for Christmas and Easter, which are mentioned in the press, if at all, in a filler item buried somewhere way below the fold.
        ay any rate, yes, I concur in your raising the idea for OBL to search topics. I couldn’t, though, on pain of death, come up with a Tag which describes the lady, so rich in so many avenues.

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        1. Roadkill Spatula

          I grew up an MK, and have been fascinated by the weird cultural zone MKs inhabit since college when I discovered that US-raised Americans really are different from those of us who were born in the US but raised overseas. I did a Master’s in intercultural communication, and later was friends with someone who was producing a journal for MKs and dreamed of setting up a reentry program. Now the nom du jour is TCK, which is broader than MK.

          Here on Xangapress, even without the TCK/expat groups, there are a number of people in similar cultural limbo: OBL the ethnographer of Podville (raised in England); JSolberg the multilingual Lancaster/Haifa Amish Jewish expat musician wordsmith; inciteful with his Colombian wife; Lollipop (can’t remember her screen name) from Guatemala and Mexico; can’t remember the others right now but there are several more.

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