The Rule of Thumb for Liking Someone

It’s such a thrill to receive ‘likes’ but it is also disconcerting to see them appear a couple of seconds after I hit ‘publish’. To you who ‘liked’ me, you who never read anything I wrote:  I thank you.  It’s still nice to see the notice but in case you’d also like me to believe that you meant it, here’s the rule of thumb: It takes about five minutes to read, say 500 words.  If you click on the post first, you’ll see the number of words displayed on the preview.  Gauge the amount of time it might take you to read that, wait for a suitable interval then click ‘like’.  I would never guess that you’d never read my post. Or you can spend that time reading the post and hey, you may like it. Of course I’m being ridiculous.  I know I’m talking to myself. You, to whom I am addressing this post, have already ‘liked’ me and left me.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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4 Responses to The Rule of Thumb for Liking Someone

  1. I usually see my “likes” show up in waves. There are a few that seem rather instantaneous, then I start to see my familiar readers showing up. I would say my serious-reader-to-total-followers ratio is somewhere in the area of 1:50. Of course, with a five line poem it does not take that long for someone to read and like it, even if the processing takes longer.

    All that being said, your advice for proper liking etiquette is very helpful to those who are trying to like more posts than ever while creating the illusion that they are actually reading them!

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    • Mary Tang says:

      I hope you are wrong with that 1:50 ratio, Jeff. By your reckoning I only have one reader after blogging for a month – but who’s counting? :) I am guilty of ‘instantaneous likes’ myself. Usually it means ‘hello, I see you’ to familiar ‘faces’. I always read their posts afterward – but then they’d never know. Ha

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