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January 9, 2010

Colorful Facebook status updates

Filed under: My Thoughts — Suramya @ 6:47 AM

Today when I logged in to FaceBook (FB) after a long time I saw status messages from most of the girls in my friends list stating something like “black”, “pink” etc. So obviously I was a bit confused and did a little search and found a link to a story that explained it. Apparently this is a way to promote awareness of Breast cancer by posting the color of the bra the poster is wearing at that time.

While I agree that Breast Cancer is an important issue and people need to spread awareness about it, I don’t think this is the right way to go about it. Why? You must be asking (or maybe not, but I am going to tell you anyway)

Facebook has evolved beyond a platform where only people on your friend list are your friend list are your friends. Now you have people who work with you on your friend’s list. In my case, I have co-workers, (both seniors and juniors) in my friend list in addition to author’s whose books I like.

Now I really don’t want to or need to know what color bra my boss or a developer in my team is wearing today. Yes, its fun to read when you are talking amongst friends but I don’t think it looks very professional when a co-worker or worse a client reads such status updates.

What do you think?

– Suramya

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