The 25 Things Meme Is Not News

I’m breaking my own rule and jumping into the echo chamber today.  Don’t worry, this won’t take long.

Hate to be the one to say this, but the 25 things meme is not news.  It is simply what the social web does.  If national media (yes, national media – NYT, USA Today, even TIME) are going to write up note-tagging on Facebook and that is the best web culture reporting they can come up with – that’s just sad.

The Wall Street Journal blog writes:

…no one seems to be able to get to the bottom of who actually started it, or why Facebook users are suddenly so enamored with this particular means of sharing both intensely personal and highly mundane details about themselves with hundreds of friends and acquaintances in their news feeds.

Anyone want to clue the Journal in on this whole social media thing?  Was it me or did they just describe about 10 popular web services that have been doing just that for years?

Continued, from the Journal:

Even more mysterious is the question of why is it that people are passing along this list so prolifically…

Really?  This is so mysterious?  Wow, I could have sworn people have been doing this since we could email each other.

I may be in the minority, but do you find this mundane coverage by national outlets trying to report on the absolute least interesting things in the social web uncomfortable to read?

As an aside yes, I have participated in tagging memes and have absolutely nothing against them (here’s my post on the old The 4×4 Meme).  But again this isn’t news – tagging easily predates Facebook anyway.

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