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Facing Facebook: Logging out

By Carly Hayden

Attention, Facebook friends and followers! Urgent status update: this is my last Facing Facebook column.

It’s been a wild month, both on campus and online. We all survived Nemo. Better yet, our snow day cyber-pleas to Ms. Upham, seen as eloquently-worded Facebook statuses, were met not once, but twice. The freshmen uploaded their first winter sports albums, receiving a record number of Likes. In their debates, the sophomores battled over fracking and gun control, reminding us that there are worse things than getting unfriended on Facebook—like losing a debate to your archrivals. And the juniors forgot their history paper-induced stress as Prama (Prom Drama) heated up and they brainstormed creative prom-asking tactics to win two free tickets—and yes, there are muploads to prove it.

But while the rest of the school counts down to new beginnings, we seniors have been posting about an ending. Tomorrow is my last “typical” day of high school—and the day I step down from my spot as BB&N’s self-appointed Facebook Guru to pass my legacy on to the next generation of Facebook users.

So before I officially log out, I want to take a look at all of you. I’ve seen what you do on my Newsfeed—so what will you do for the school when the Class of 2013 moves on?

The “Like” Inflation Generation: the freshman class may be the youngest BB&N Facebookers, but they’ve certainly outshined us all in the outpouring of “Likes.” Girls’ profile pictures used to get an average of maybe 10 Likes, 25 tops. This class is setting world records—we’re talking Likes in the hundreds. If Ms. Dow kicks you out of the library, if you get cut from that Varsity team, or if you were busted using a cell phone in the Commons, this is the class you want on your side to make your day a little bit better.
I’m confident that when we leave, this class of Like Inflationists will be one of the nicest, most supportive crews yet. Though I haven’t had long to Facebook-stalk this class, I recognize their potential to change our school’s environment. I hope they continue to dole out real-life compliments as much as they click the Like button!

The Undercover Kids: Believe it or not, the boys may rule the sophomore class when it comes to their current Facebook trend—going incognito. Sophomores, beware: if you leave your Facebook account open, chances are your friends won’t be able to resist the urge to start Liking every song-lyric status, commenting on each upperclassmen girl’s oldest profile picture (to make it look like you were the one stalking that pretty junior girl in your Spanish class), and even tagging you in random photos, before you catch them.

What can we expect from these secret agents? Silly status updates, for sure. But what will they bring to BB&N? I believe that confidence allows these trusting sophomores to dare to leave their Facebook accounts open. “Confidence” may as well be written in their profiles’ Info boxes. I hope the sophomores translate their confidence on cyberspace into leadership roles at school, whether that be presiding over a club or becoming a Bivouac guide next fall.

Tarzans & Pout Queens: I’ve got to hand it to them—the junior class has mastered the mobile upload. From boys hanging off buildings (or sometimes rescuing lost babies) to girls perfecting the pout, these all-star muppettes know a silly mup-moment when they see one. But their abilities aren’t limited to their mupload prowess. Whether running around like Tarzan or building snowmen, the juniors always look like they’re having fun.

When we seniors leave the school to the juniors, we trust them to bring the fun, the silly, and the ridiculous that they capture on Facebook into the hallways at BB&N. I hope that the juniors maintain the school spirit that our Co-Presidents Nate and Sarah have worked so hard for and build on it. Throw a dance party in the Commons. Build a climbing wall in the courtyard. Play flashlight tag in the theater. Then mup it, post about it, inbox me a story. You guys are going to be great leaders, I know it.

As for us seniors, well, we’re logging out. With less than 48 hours until spring break and Facebook statuses declaring two weeks of freedom, I can’t help wondering what will happen in BB&N’s online world when we’re gone. What will the new crazes be? Will star-jumping be the new planking? Will mermaid-dancing video mups replace the traditional kissy-face selfie? Will there be a status war between candidates in the Massachusetts special election Senate race? Mostly, I wonder what trends you’ll start in our absence, and how they’ll affect the culture of the school.

As much fun as I’ve had Facebook-stalking you all this year, it’s time for me to go on a Facebook hiatus. But before I log out for good, one last tip: I urge you to face Facebook yourselves. I think you’ll be surprised at how big of a part Facebook and social media plays in our lives—not to mention, how much we can learn from it.

So keep mupping, keep posting, and keep making me laugh. I’ll be watching my Newfeed. Much love, The Facebook Guru.

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