Jena Kingsley is the latest in a series of comedians to poke fun at social networking systems by forcefully interacting with people in public places and proving that our online lives are silly when taken literally.
Facebook has a little-used function called a poke. Nobody truly knows how to define a poke, some thinking it is sexual and others thinking it is playful fun; but I can press a poke button and you, whether or not we’re friends, will get a notification you were poked. You can then ignore it or poke me back. Or poke anyone else. But if I walk up to you on a sidewalk and poke you, how do you react?
Twitter enables people to “follow” you but if I randomly started following you in real life, you’d think that’s weird, right?
These and other companies created internet lingo that we employ whenever we use their systems but the lingo only makes sense on their systems. The lingo and the descriptive language, such as friends on Facebook vs connections on LinkedIn, frustrates my students when I explain the basics of social media. Try to live your life around the lingo and everyone around you will think you’re crazy.
Here’s Jena’s video filmed around New York City, published this week:
Here’s a 2011 video from England with two guys carrying Facebook books:
Here’s a 2009 video, also from England, focused on one guy’s doorstep: