Friday Fun: Once Again, The Onion Nails It (“It” Being Social Media Hype)

Corporate communicators in your mighty legions, The Onion has your number:

New Social Networking Site Changing The Way Oh, Christ, Forget It

Let Someone Else Report On This Bullshit

NEW YORK — While millions of young, tech-savvy professionals already use services like Facebook and Twitter to keep in constant touch with friends, a new social networking platform called Foursquare has recently taken the oh, fucking hell, can’t some other desperate news outlet cover this crap instead?

Launched last year, Foursquare is unique in that it not only allows users to broadcast their whereabouts, but also offers a number of built-in incentives, including some innovative new crap The New York Times surely has a throbbing hard-on for.

In fact, why don’t we just let them report on this garbage and call it a day?

Just a taste — the rest of the article is equally spot-on. Oh hell, why not: here are a couple of other fine moments:

“…said company cofounder Dennis Crowley, as if reading from the same tired script used by every one of these Web 2.0 or whatever-the-fuck-they’re-called startups. “But more than that, Foursquare is an [endless string of meaningless buzzwords we just couldn’t bring ourselves to transcribe].”

“…let me sum up this whole “news” story for you: Aging, scared newspapermen throw themselves at the latest mobile technology trend in a humiliatingly futile attempt to remain relevant.”

Genius above and beyond the call of duty! But if that’s not enough and you’re looking for another Friday afternoon distraction, you can always play Pac Man on the Google search page….


Written by
Colin Delany
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