I got the idea for this post after reading how Drug dealers and software developers (old link that no longer works in 2019) were similar. As I do come from a web developer background - I found it quite amusing (and quite sad at the end) and wondered if I could do the same for Social Media.
Below is my feeble attempt to compare High School and Social Networks - enjoy.
|High School||Social Networks|
|1. Wanting to be the Prom King/Queen||1. He/she with the most friends is cool|
|2. Telling everyone that you are great friends with the "plastics" and other "cool" kids||2. Adding all of the "Alist" personalities to your friends list|
|3. Leaving post it notes in or on lockers||3. Leaving comments and notes on someone's profile|
|4. Joining an after hours school club||4. Having "meetups" that revolve around your favorite network/app|
|5. Liking that exchange student so much you take the language class that they speak||5. Liking some application that you create a mashup using APIs in some programming language you don’t know|
|6. Writing for your High School newspaper||6. Starting a site to cover everything in the world about Social Networks, the sites, the apps and everything else|
|7. Being a part of the school's AV Club||7. Knowing how all the new apps work and trying to explain them to everyone|
|8. Getting kicked out of school||8. Getting banned from a network|
|9. Showing off or talking about your new car/phone/gadget||9. Always asking for or talking about invites to the new beta|
|10. Having mommy and daddy buy you something better than the other gloating kids||10. Showing off your alpha invite via your blog|
|11. Getting your friends together and toilet papering the school||11. Getting your friends together for a DoS against some network/site/app|
|12. Hooking up with the Prom Queen or King||12. Getting bought by Google, Yahoo or some other huge company|