Christopher Goodlof

Aug 19, 2020

3 min read

Digital Apostate — Part II: Quantifiable Friendship

One of the mainstays of social media from its early beginnings — Friendster and Myspace through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — has been quantifiable figures by which the user can measure their “popularity.” These numbers — be they the number of friends, comments, or “likes” — are often the metric by which users determine their standing in their social sphere. The higher the friend count, the more “popular” the user — the more “popular” the user, the better their life must be.