Now that The Writer is on Facebook, I was thinking about Facebook’s new “Like” designation, which has taken the place of the “Become a fan” option. The reason for changing to “Like,” according to Facebook, is that they “hope this action will feel much more lightweight, and that it will increase the number of connections made across the site.” Huh?
The “Like” designation seems very awkward; we would sound silly to invite you to our Facebook page by saying “Become a Liker” (Is “liker” even a word?) or “Please ‘Like’ us” (sounds like we’re begging). Guess I’ll just say, “Please take a look at our Facebook page, and if you like what you see, click the ‘Like’ button to join our Facebook community.” But it would be so much easier to say “Become a fan.”
ALERT: Did you know that May is Short Story Month? Well, it’s not an “official” month like National Poetry Month (April), but there is a groundswell of support to get it recognized in a similar fashion. To get involved in the grassroots effort to make it official, join the discussion at Storied, a site created by Story Prize director Larry Dark to advocate short fiction.
-- Martha Lundin, editorial associate
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