The New York Times Takes Notice of Facebook's 25 Random Things About Me Meme

Have You Done Facebook's 25 Random Things Meme Yet?

Are you on Facebook? Then there is no way you haven't heard of the 25 Random Things About Me meme. It's a note that works like a chain letter, where you fill out 25 random facts about yourself. Once you're done, you're supposed to tag other friends, so they have to fill it out, and so on and so forth. While I gave up chain letters long ago (and chain emails, ugh), somehow I got sucked into doing this one. My defense? Everybody's doing it!


Everybody's doing it so much that the New York Times took notice of the phenomena and investigated it, calling it a "creative way to indulge in social networking without coming off as needy or shamelessly self-absorbed."

Self-absorbed is a little how I felt when I wrote my 25 Things, but darned if it wasn't fun. I've noticed that the people on my friends list resisted the meme at first, but have since fallen one by one like dominoes, succumbing to think of fun facts about themselves. Fear of missing out, maybe.

In any case, tell me, Facebook users; have you done the 25 Random Things About Me note?

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