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Why Do People Like Their Own Facebook Posts?

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To the people who like their own Facebook statuses, I have one simple question: why?

Please tell me. Are you desperate to have people liking your well-thought of and meticulously researched status (and you researched by googling for “love quotes” – but hey that took up seven minutes of your time, plus that Angelfire page crashed your Internet Explorer and that counts for something, right?) that you have to jumpstart the process by liking it yourself?

Let me get something straight here, people. By posting something on Facebook, it implies that you like it. Okay? This is almost as bad as tagging people in an unfunny picture taken from Tumblr, but you know, at least it doesn’t require your friends untagging themselves from some typography post with the same love quote (also it would be hilariously misquoted to, I dunno, Mikhail Gorbachev) on it. Or John Lloyd Cruz’s face. Okay, I don’t see any reason for people to untag themselves from John Lloyd’s face, but you get my drift.

John Lloyd Cruz
This is going to be my profile picture.

“But- but- Ade, posts won’t like themselves!” Okay, okay. Maybe you’re so excited with your thoughts that you can’t help but like it as soon as you posted it on Facebook. Also, I know it’s your Facebook and you can do whatever fucking thing you want with it. Fine, I’ll give you that. But you know, there are limits to liking your own posts. Imagine opening Facebook one day and seeing this:

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Liking your own Facebook status

Yeah, I’d punch myself in the balls too. What about you guys? What do you think of people liking their own Facebook posts? Do you like your own Facebook statuses? Let’s hear it from you guys in the comments!

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83 Comments

  1. Yanti Susanti John

    Some of my friends do the same, cant ask them why in case it hurts them but i feel it looks… Well….???

  2. Josh

    I just started a blog for people who like their own statuses. Please take a screenshot if you catch any of your friends liking their own posts and submit.

    http://likeitthe.tumblr.com/

  3. Suzanne

    Im trying to explain this to my friend that thinks liking his status helps his post get seen by more people. Liking your own status doesnt get your post out to more people, it just makes you look stupid.

  4. “Let me get something straight here, people. By posting something on Facebook, it implies that you like it. Okay?”

    NO.
    Example: “Michael Jackson is dead”

  5. Jim

    I do it because… if I don’t like it, and I’m the one posting it, why would or should anyone else. Also, if I don’t “like” it and someone else does, they would then have more “like” for the posting than its own poster. With Regard to the implied “like” by the poster that is inherent in every post I say that may be true, but regardless when given the option and where words are subject to public scrutiny, I prefer to be clear over implied.

  6. The Deranged Writer

    Honestly, I would "like" my own Facebook status if I really like what I just posted… I think I may have "liked" a few statuses that has "Dave Grohl" on it. I'm just that nuts over the guy, so yeah, I'm lame.

    But you know what? There are people who would actually ask people to post on their Walls or Timelines just so they have some stuff over their profile. That's just as lame as it gets. I have this, um, "friend" who would ask such thing, and I just have to turn her down even if she looks like Jessy Mendiola (what?) and was nice to me before. "Was."

  7. ImgonnafuckADEsbrain

    Actually by writing this post the author wants attention as well. Well? Clap! clap! clap! Hooraaay! He's now a famous blogger. ow? sorry. how did i get here? i need an attention too. crap! like! 1million fucking times the "big joke of yours" http://i.imgur.com/DNfam.jpg hihihi:)) ade = john lloyd? om! where's the like button here? feel free to comment and LIKE! what a shit. Oh my! gonna like this! oh where's the "delete the brain of the blogger" button in this site? im gonna click it till my fucking fingers hurt and this dumb mouse explode! will be waiting for the response ADE!

    blogger extraordinaire. I write about deep and introspective stuff, like dick jokes, the size of the gazongas of that girl two feet away from me, my band that nobody cares to listen to, and how stupid the traffic is today on the way to work. Exciting, life-changing stuff!

    No, really, please stick around. I need new friends.

    Confirm my friend request folk! not that extraordinaire. shallow post. retrospective? just suck a dick fag!

  8. Mikie

    I like my on posts. Not because I want people to like them, but because I say very likable things. It doesn't seem to bother anyone so it's okay! n

  9. Forever alone lvl 99

  10. prince of perversion

    lawlz! thts true man i even posted a comment stating how gay liking ur own pics and statuses are

  11. Tyler

    Makes me want to stab a fucking cat. n nOh hey, you got to do a post about bitcchs woo tyPE lIkE tHiSss 'n usee q insteeddd oof g. Everytime I see a bitch type like that, I lose some hope in society. n

    • liking your own status is just plain dumb. End of story

      • shotaiken

        I think it's LULZ. I know of no one who "likes" their own status in for serious. It's just something people do for the the lulz.

  12. Mark

    Liking your own posts is gay.

    • Disappointed Smurf

      I've seen someone post, like the post, comment, like the comment, comment again, like that too. Then one of her pets signs in (they all have facebook pages too, but I'm pretty sure her horse can't use facebook by itself) likes everything so far, comments, likes that. She signs in again. comments and likes everything again. repeat. ad nauseam. n nAn entire conversation of 20 or 30 comments ensues, with a half-dozen likes on each. All in the space of 30 minutes. But she's the only one involved (I'm still reluctant to believe her horse, cat, dog, budgie & tortoise know how to use facebook) n nMight have been more honest to post "I'm lonely – someone please pay me attention" and leave it at that…

  13. Jasmine

    Uh oh, guilty. I occasionally like my own statuses, for example when I got in the university of my choice. I'm never the first one to like it or comment on it though, and it's only when I'm so happy that liking it myself expresses that even more. Or something.

  14. LOL how did i wind up here? Oh wait, i googled "liking your own post is retarded" – right on then. Back then i really did 'like' my own posts…but a time came when i 'liked' my own posted video one day, which i really liked, i realized – what on earth am i doing? I mean, it seemed so REDUNDANT! That's why you're posting it, coz you liked it in the first place! Then i decided at that moment i really need to stop 'liking' my own posts. That's just sad.

  15. Jeff

    I like my own status

  16. ghy

    And whats the problem liking our own status lol ? It's like giving a big high five 😀

  17. michael

    well said. it's really fucked up liking your own post and the people here who didn't like the article are obviously some of these damn people who dont really get it. The kind of people with @windowslive emails that just registered so they can use facebook. The same people who don't and wont get the whole caps lock thing and many many more.

  18. I won’t do that..yes, I see a few people liking their own status or comment on Facebook for no reason….tsk tsk tsk..why they do this??? LOL

  19. Haha good example WIW!

  20. WiW

    nako! may pinsan akong ganyan! parang abnormal lang! ewan ko ba tsk! evidence: http://i56.tinypic.com/33ndoxt.jpg

  21. Ye

    I SUPER LIKE THIS! STUPID PEOPLE LIKE THEIR OWN STUPID POSTS…

  22. Would have to agree with you on this one. I have a middle-aged friend who strangely keeps doing this because she "lives" for the attention of her status updates (kind of pathetic, but it does happen). She posts something, if nobody reacts to it, she'll like her own status and even ask friends if they already read her status for the day. Tsktsktsk.

    Nice piece Ade! :)

  23. Lol…I was sooo pissed about it that I googled it. I was about to open a facebook page for it. It's just wayy too lame. I'm posting the link to this blog post on my facebook..and no, I won't "Like" it or lamely be the first to comment on it xD

  24. Kahit ako naiirita din whenever I see posts being liked by its own author. I mean, hello, wala ba silang friends? LOL :))

    nice blog btw! :)

  25. First time, and nag-e-enjoy akong magbasa.

    I think, gusto nilang tularan sila. I will like my post, then somebody follows. My post will be on the news feed and everybody who loves to like anything on the feed will like it.

    • This is just the newest thing, I remember seeing something more sad a few years back, bloggers being the only one who commented on their own post!

  26. I will defend myself!!!!r nr nI only like my own status IF, I quoted someone else and really like it. And, I'm the fist to comment IF I forgot to include something in the status. There is no edit option.r nr n=(

    • I once heard somewhere liking your own status is like sucking your own… yeah. LOL.

    • There is, however, a delete button which you can use. And then you can edit it and post it another time. It may be a lot of work for some, but people who aren't clueless would stop at nothing to avoid looking like a douche.

      • Chaz

        There's a character limit on FB when you post, but none on the comment section. So, some people put a "pahabol" comment because of that plain and simple reason.

        • Ade

          That character limit's been gone for a while now. :)

          • John

            I really don't understand what the big deal is about this. Why do people get so upset about other people liking their own status?

            Just because you post a status, it is not automatically implied that you like it. What if you posted, "I'm feeling really sick today," or "Got an F on my test" or something of that nature? (simple examples and poor statuses but you get my drift) Sometimes liking your own status can show how excited you are about what just happened ("Got an A on my test!"), or can give clarity to the statement you made("It's raining today.."), or can be funny.

            I think you guys are upset about it because you're too focused on "likes" in general, so you get frustrated when you see someone "cheating the system." You carefully engineer each status so that it gets the most likes possible, and if you make a status that doesn't get any likes, you feel self-conscious and might even delete it. That's pretty narcissistic if you ask me. Facebook statuses are a form of expression, and we shouldn't modify our expression in a way that we think someone is going to like it – then we're not communicating who we really are, and might as well just be wearing a mask.

            If you really can't stand someone liking their own status, well it's not the first disagreeable thing that anyone's done on Facebook. People are bound to do something that gets on your nerves. This is why Facebook so kindly provided an "unsubscribe from so-and-so" option that shows up on every status update. I've used mine a bajillion times.

        • D.R. Kingfree

          I have never liked my own status, but I believe there is one, AND ONLY ONE, Situation where it is acceptable; of your attitude towards the status is ambiguous, i.e. something that one would usually hate, but for some unfathomable reason, you like it.

  27. Yeah, liking the post transfers your post from the most recent news feed to top stories. Still, it is frowned upon, especially if your post is stupid.

    Or is that an exception? Heehee!

  28. *like*

    Hi Noisyman, I'm a fan! 😀

  29. *like* 😀

  30. uyy! gawain! hahaha :))

    ganyan talaga, masabi lang na may nag-like :))

    andaming ginagawa sa fb nakabobo, isa na yan. bwahaha

  31. Steel

    I don't like the tone of your post.

  32. Rico

    I have the same sentiment as you. There is some logic to liking your own posts (e.g. you could have posts of “OMG I broke up with my girlfriend” and “Grabe ansarap matulog” and liking only the second post) but on my view, usually it’s just to get attention. The worse part is Joni’s sentiment – people who post would be the first to comment on their own post. Sometimes it’s just a pahabol though, but sometimes it’s also for getting attention. I never liked the idea of liking your own post (or anyone’s actually, for that matter. It’s either I comment or nothing) and commenting first on your own post.

    • Perf

      Para hindi ka lonely kaka-like sa sarili mong post…

      (thumbs-up) PERF likes this.

  33. Paolo Jose Cruz

    I will retroactively ‘Like’ something I posted (more often a link than a status message), if it ends up generating interesting feedback that I believe others will be genuinely interested in, but not enough comments/responses to bump it up onto the Top News feed.

    Case in point: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593180546&v=wall&story_fbid=122432554456912&ref=share

    Yeah, I tend to over-think stuff like that.

  34. I like this.

  35. DK

    Para daw lumabas sa TOP NEWS :) kaya kailangan i-like or something. 😐 pero ginagawa ko din ito minsan,

  36. Kulang pa yan, Ade. Some people don't just "like" their posts, they would also be the first to comment! Lonerrrr.

  37. Ade

    Oh yeah that too! That's sad.

  38. leroy

    what if you realize that you want to add something?

    so you add it as comment.

  39. Ade

    Didn't know about that clicking like on your own posts puts it in Top News. Interesting.

  40. leroy

    "mom has died. please pray for her :("

    -By posting something on Facebook, it implies that you like it.

    doesn't make sense. even if you don't *like* your own status.

  41. john

    delete it then repost it

  42. Ade

    You actually went out of your way to look for holes in my article!

    YOU WIN A SHINY NEW INTERNETS

  43. A person who routinely likes their own updates and a person who would post something this are the same kind of attention whore we see everyday on Facebook. Same kind of theist attention whore actually.

  44. leroy

    kthanks.

  45. TROLOLOLOLO

    It'd be funny if your mum is actually dead.

  46. that's the point. though it does seem a bit esoteric, and foolish.

  47. shotaiken

    NO – If someones Facebook habits bother you that much, UNFRIEND THEM. It's what I do. I manage to keep my "friends" list down to a nice small size as a result of screening out people I find to be idiots.

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