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99 Reasons Everyone Hates Facebook Kindle Edition

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Length: 141 pages

"Self-Help" by Miranda Sings
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  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (May 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CSX7942
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gardiner on May 20, 2013
I wonder if Emmet Purcell will have any Facebook friends left after this book is released? *evil laughter* Actually, I'm wondering if I should have any Facebook friends, considering I'm guilty of quite a few of these. *blush* But I did pretty much nod my head while reading this, and I think I shouted "hallelujah" a few times too. From the Huge Numbers of People Gather Together on Facebook to form the Most Pointless of Groups (seriously, why on earth would you join a group called I Love My Son??? Or I Love My Cat??) to Leaving RIP Messages as Status Updates (posting RIP Grandad when your grandfather has just died is just another way of saying "hey everyone, I've had a death in my family so I'd like everyone to say they are sending me love and prayers and hugs cos even tho I don't know 87% of you, I want you to acknowledge me") I was agreeing with Emmet Purcell.

And yet I'm still there. I'm still on Facebook, looking at cat pictures and begging for game supplies. I have a rather large friend list, which considering I am actually an unsociable git, is astounding. (Although in my defense, about 80% of those "friends" are simply fellow game neighbours....) What is it about Facebook that drags us in so much? Even the author of this book, is still on Facebook...and he wrote a bloody book about what he hates about it! We're still there, checking statuses every day, scrolling past the cat pictures, and the laughing baby videos and the concerned information sharing of how if you barbeque while wearing your contact lenses, they will melt in the heat and cause you insufferable pain and agony.

All the 99 reasons that Emmet Purcell hates Facebook, I hate too. I'm guilty of quite a few of them yet I do them anyway. Because they are so easy to do.
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By Taryn B. on June 28, 2013
This book was fun to read, and it really made me laugh! The 99 reasons are grouped into thematic chapters, and each reason is discussed in detail. I especially enjoyed the chapters on "Attention Seekers" and "Too Much Information." I have been guilty of some of these annoying Facebook behaviors in the past, but now I can look back and laugh at them and avoid repeating them. If you're looking for a quick, humorous read, 99 Reasons Everyone Hates Facebook does not disappoint.
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As a daily Facebook user I, like the author,found myself eye rolling at some of the trite that has become common postings and page creations. As I read the book I alternately laughed out loud and blushed as I realized that I was guilty of some of them! Purcell did a good job at cataloging the sins of Facebook - it's written creatively and it's very amusing. I've ordered several copies to send to my Facebook "friends'! It's definitely worth a 'like'!
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Every once in a while one of these "list books" in the humor section will call to me and I grab it. Sometimes they're interesting, sometimes funny, usually good for a certain room, and usually entertaining. 99 Reasons Everyone Hates Facebook was one of these, but unfortunately it fell short on several levels, offering none of the usual list entertainment, and frankly, leaving me want to shake the author -- something I haven't wanted to do in a long, long time!

While the premise is fantastic -- pointing out the inane qualities of and some of the personality types on the social media giant, the execution turned into an approximately 175 page whine-fest from Purcell. In the interest of full disclosure I once upon a time had a Facebook page and I enjoyed it. I fell into the traps and noticed many of the same things that the author did too. However, unlike the author, I was able to bring myself to actually cut ties with the site, something he is unable to do and continually finds inane excuses for. By injecting his personal vignettes and examples of behavior into the list unfortunately paints him as one of the attention seekers for the sake of attention that he decries in the text.

I feel that perhaps my opinion of the work may be biased as I seem to be about 10-15 years older than Purcell's intended early 20-something audience. Many of the stories and examples used to justify and explain his 99 Reasons were out of my frame of reference and clearly meant for a younger generation, hindering my ability to connect with most of the text.
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