James Mayes

Facebook feeds and context

In Facebook, Personal, Social Media on December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

Following the horrific news of the school shootings in Connecticut, there was obviously an outpouring of grief and condolences on Facebook. Likewise, the gun control debate has reignited.

When I took a scan through my feed this morning, one thing that really stood out was a friend Liking the NRA page. When I first saw it in the stream, I thought this was a recent Like – maybe a reactionary statement to those demanding tighter gun laws. It struck my as out of character and highly insensitive.

I know this guy well enough to know he’s not that insensitive though. He’s very much the shooting and fishing kind. I checked in with him briefly and confirmed, yep, he did Like the page, but it was some time ago.

I’m not completely certain, but I think the deal here is that Facebook has identified guns as a hot topic in my stream and decided to show me a related page that a friend has previously liked, with no sensitivity to current affairs.

Context is everything. Facebook are a long way from solving it.

Regards the shootings themselves, I largely keep my political views away from this blog – so I’ll limit myself to simply expressing great sadness that such a tragic event has occurred. To borrow from writers more talented than I, no parent should have to bury their child.

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