The convention on Twitter to “favorite” something or on Facebook to “like” something is such a brilliantly satisfying thing to do. A positive acknowledgment, a nod. It’s so friendly and easy. It’s FREE. It’s public but in a small non-intrusive way. It is the main thing from social media that I wish I could easily translate into real life. So many things I just want to touch someone on the shoulder and say “I approve of this” but even THAT is too formal. I see a couple smiling together on the street and they seems sincere and I just want to click LIKE. I see that the hip movie theatre in Williamsburg is going to play War Games at midnight and I want to click LIKE. I hear the waitress at my coffee shop agree to another table’s request for soy cheese where that option wasn’t on the menu and I want to click LIKE. I don’t want to be more involved than that. I
I HEAR YOU
I NOTICED THIS
YOU ARE HEARD, NOTICED, APPROVED.
It’s my birthday today. 42. Good heavens, what a weird year.