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13.Sep.2021

So, I've recently started to see this pinned in the notifications tab on my Facebook profile.

 

I'm not trying to offend anyone or suggest you're too stupid to follow simple instructions, but if you didn't put that message up then it's clearly one of your friend's doing so can you please let them know? Thanks.

 

My concern is not the fact people are sharing this image - it gets shared almost daily, and someone has created a subreddit for similar purposes - but rather how much effort goes into creating these messages. Sure, it takes two seconds to copy and paste an image into your status, but in order to get the most likes they're advised to include certain phrases in their caption "stop stealing memes" seems popular, as well as the #2nd-3rd-4th-5th hashtag. They have to be in the right place too - if you have an image with text covering up part of the photo or not allowing enough space for each hashtag it defeats the whole purpose. Then you have to consider location, age group and gender... And that's just their target audience!

What's worse is how far people are willing to go when trying to get more likes. For example, I saw one status that included "like if your [sic] still reading this". Not only do these kind of messages annoy me even if they're seen by my friends, but when they mention things like privacy settings added just posting them after seeing blue ticked profiles makes me suspicious as to their true motives.

I've been really hesitant about calling this out as I wanted to avoid being accused of trying to start a witch hunt, but the fact remains that these images are disingenuous and you must be aware that if someone wasn't sharing them then they're probably your friend. Don't worry, if it does turn out not to be them there's no harm done - let's just stop pretending we're going crazy over our privacy settings.

Can somebody please tell me why people do this? Not only do I want to know what drives others out there to share such ridiculous status updates, but maybe how it started or even who started it could help prevent future hoaxes from taking place... Please? Thanks.

You did it wrong. Don't worry, you'll figure it out eventually." -Logan Paul

CLIXSAY was a website launched in July of 2003 that allowed users to generate image macros with custom text over any picture on the internet through their image uploader. The site's popularity took off with the rise of social media when people started sharing images vastly more than they had before and when websites like Imgur were founded in 2009 it led to an exponential growth in macros across the entire web... But what happened next isn't so surprising: spammers flooded CLIXSAY with content filled with affiliate links. This made advertisers pull out which ultimately resulted in the shutdown of the site in October 2010 after failing to recover from heavy financial losses.

Image macros are always fun to share, but unfortunately the spammers have tainted them too much for them to remain effective. Fortunately, there are still plenty of websites you can use if you want to create your own images - take Imgflip for example which is great for text only memes and Memecrunch has a variety of templates if you want one specific to your needs. So stop oversharing these pointless messages and start saving up your likes so when the big day arrives you can actually be proud of how many people mark themselves interested in whatever pointless thing it is that Facebook thinks you're into this month! -Ellie Dyson

"I hope I don't regret posting this." -

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CLIXSAY was a website launched in July of 2003 that allowed users to generate image macros with custom text over any picture on the internet through their image uploader. The site's popularity took off with the rise of social media when people started sharing images vastly more than they had before and when websites like Imgur were founded in 2009 it led to an exponential growth in macros across the entire web... But what happened next isn't so surprising: spammers flooded CLIXSAY with content filled with affiliate links. This made advertisers pull out which ultimately resulted in the shutdown of the site in October 2010 after failing to recover from heavy financial losses.

Why not just use Facebook or Twitter? Image macros are always fun to share, but unfortunately the spammers have tainted them too much for them to remain effective. Fortunately, there are still plenty of websites you can use if you want to create your own images - take Imgflip for example which is great for text only memes and Memecrunch has a variety of templates if you want one specific to your needs. So stop oversharing these pointless messages and start saving up your likes so when the big day arrives you can actually be proud of how many people mark themselves interested in whatever pointless thing it is that Facebook thinks you're into this month! -Ellie Dyson

"I hope I don't regret posting this." -

CLIXSAY was a website launched in July of 2003 that allowed users to generate image macros with custom text over any picture on the internet through their image uploader. The site's popularity took off with the rise of social media when people started sharing images vastly more than they had before and when websites like Imgur were founded in 2009 it led to an exponential growth in macros across the entire web... But what happened next isn't so surprising: spammers flooded CLIXSAY with content filled with affiliate links. This made advertisers pull out which ultimately resulted in the shutdown of the site in October 2010 after failing to recover from heavy financial losses.

Why not just use Facebook or Twitter? Image macros are always fun to share, but unfortunately the spammers have tainted them too much for them to remain effective. Fortunately, there are still plenty of websites you can use if you want to create your own images - take Imgflip for example which is great for text only memes and Memecrunch has a variety of templates if you want one specific to your needs. So stop oversharing these pointless messages and start saving up your likes so when the big day arrives you can actually be proud of how many people mark themselves interested in whatever pointless thing it is that Facebook thinks you're into this month! -Ellie Dyson"I hope I don't regret posting this."

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