Forum Popularity

The internet can be a silly place.  It’s kind of like people will talk to each other even though they might not know each other online, and they’ll still try to compete to see who can be the coolest person online.  If you’re a person who goes on forums you’ve probably seen this before.  I know I have.  People will post things and try to get the most reputation as if that actually matters.  I mean, I get in real life that people want to have other people like them because you’re around them and there’s a natural desire to want to be seen as a leader, but online you don’t even know the other people.  It’s so silly.

And while I’m making fun of this pretty silly thing, I find myself doing the same stuff when I am online.  For some reason I want my answers on forums to be the best.  I want other people to recognize my name and know who I am so they know what I say is legit because I’m saying it.  It’s hilarious because I don’t even know who these people are but for some reason I still want to be cool on the internet.

It would seem that I’m not the only one.  In addition to all the stuff you can do online to try and get popular, you can even do things to inflate your accounts on different sites.  To illustrate, it’s possible to buy Facebook likes to make it seem like more people like your company than actually do.  I think that’s so bizarre.  When I’m looking at a company I almost never pay attention to their number of likes because it’s not important to me, but you can get that number up higher if you want.  I guess that kind of thing might be important if you want it to seem like you’ve got a lot of fans or whatever, but I don’t really know what else you would do with it.

I do like to post on different forums though and I have actually met some people from there that were kind of interesting.  I know there are a few people on there who probably wouldn’t ever want to meet someone online, but in situations where it may actually work out it can be kind of interesting.  For example, there was one time when a bunch of people from this one forum I’m on all decided to meet up at this restaurant and hang out.  It was pretty fun and I had no idea what would happen but most of them were pretty funny guys and we all had a good experience there.