Are You Ugly? Social Networking is NOT For You!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek, way before social media invaded us and altered the way we “see things”!

Just a couple of days ago, as I was surfing the net hungry for new brilliant ideas, yummy unique technologies and intriguing social media news, I was SHOCKED to read this title on Mixx: Social Network Removes 5,000 Users For Putting On Weight During Holiday Season!

My pupils grew wide with anger and disappointment, my veins stuck out from under my skin and I felt furious enough to feel steam coming up from my boiling head: Is this what we are turning into: discriminators? And not even based on race, religion or ethnicity, but based on looks, and publicly as well?

This is a sad, sad day for me. It should be that for the whole world as well! How could people stand by and watch this farce without any complaints! When did “gaining weight” become the new face of ugly? Promoting Hitler's Plan! Promoting Hitler's Plan! Ugly people on the inside!

In order to better understand this travesty, I decided to visit the site and see what was going on.

Another HORROR faced me as I the homepage downloaded to reveal the following taglines:

Even thin could be ugly!

Even thin could be ugly!

  • Do looks matter to you, when it comes to selecting a partner?
  • Do you want to guarantee your dates will always be beautiful?
  • No more filtering through unattractive people on mainstream sites!

In the back of my head, all I could think about was a way to hack into this pompous website and tare it down to senseless binary digits of zeros and ones while thinking: What about those not so attractive people who have so much beauty on the inside; those who will take care of you, be there for you and make you smile? What about those who suffered a certain accident or are surviving from a disfigurement? Aren’t those beautiful people too?

My Evil Experiment!

After rethinking my evil plan to destroy this website, I came up with a better, more refined experiential plan: Setting up an account on just to see how really “beautiful” those people who joined are. Also, I want to find out the percentage of real beauty vs. fake beauty which I can uncover!

I am still in the process of figuring things out… Stay tuned for the unavailing of the truth behind this biased, discriminating site!

Before I wrap it up here, I am anxious to know your opinion about such sites: Is this a normal way to judge and evaluate people? Would you ever join such a site?

Blackberry Storm Vs. iPhone 3G: Should Social Media Be the Judge?

Is social media turning into one of the main reasons for purchasing trendy, fashionable and tech products these days? How dependent are we becoming on social media channels when it comes to purchasing decisions? Is it fair to solely depend on social media channels such as Youtube in order to decide whether to purchase a certain product or its competitor?

I somewhat feel nostalgic for the good old days when all we needed was a couple or more simple radio or TV ads in order to make purchasing decisions of either cheap or expensive products and services. Back then, things were too easy and so much less burdened with the complications of having many choices and competing ads yearning for our attention!

Yet again, at those times, we were “ignorant” customers, unaware of all the ins and outs of advertising and the tricks and games of marketing! As we stepped into the world wide web and Web 2.0 at a later stage, purchasing decisions became harder, nevertheless, more conscious!

Depending on Social Media:

After watching the Blackberry Storm vs. the iPhone 3G ad campaigns, and as I eagerly listened to Jon Rettinger’s comparison and analysis of the two products, trying to decide which device to purchase. Right then and there, it struck me: What would I have done without Youtube? How could I have made the “right” decision about this particular purchase if I didn’t have this complete analysis of the features each of those phones had?

In a way, I feel that we are growing dependent on social media in many decisions that effect us on a personal level: the money we spend, the people we meet and the things we discuss. Social media channels have not only developed into a medium for two-way interactive communication and entertainment, they are turning into influencers and some sort of decision makers!

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