1034: Share Buttons

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The only post to achieve perfect balance between the four was a hilarious joke about Mark Zuckerberg getting caught using a pseudonym to sneak past the TSA.
Title text: The only post to achieve perfect balance between the four was a hilarious joke about Mark Zuckerberg getting caught using a pseudonym to sneak past the TSA.


From left to right the share buttons are: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Google Plus.

This comic is a commentary on what sort of articles work best on different social networks. The comedy article is shared most on Twitter because everyone on Twitter considers themselves some sort of 140-character comedian. (140 characters is the limit of a single tweet.)

Conspiracy theory articles that are against the Christian Right and for Wikipedia play well on Reddit as those type of articles get the most votes up and the most comments.

Boycott Facebook articles (or other Facebook "is changing their terms of services to...") are very popular on Facebook, which is always obviously ironic. Also, this is the highest number of shares on Google plus, Google's fledgling social network. One of the punchlines, of course, is that Google Plus is struggling and not popular overall.

And the last article gets very few shares, because who wants to admit they are reading an article about a Realdoll, which has been referenced twice previously in xkcd comics. As is said in the Flying Cars explanation, Realdoll is known as "the world's finest lovedoll". You can probably figure it out from there.

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What, Wikipedia users and Facebook users don't overlap? I beg to differ. Davidy²²[talk] 09:01, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Where do you read that they don't overlap? If you mean the Reddit thing; to me it seems that it says that Reddit users like Wikipedia, and that Reddit users don't overlap with Facebook users. –St.nerol (talk) 23:41, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I think the joke is also that nobody actually uses Google Plus. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Isn't there a joke on the FB boycott about... Well, boycotting it to get a buncha likes? 11:03, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

This comic also highlights that all social networks are very similar in terms of provided functionality. Indeed, when someone asked me what is the difference between facebook and twitter i had a very hard time explaining the "fundamental differences" between the two platforms. The truth is that people who use those social networks are actually shaping them according to their interests and their sterotyped beliefs. This point is brilliantly conveyed in this comic stripe 07:31, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Why is the "Custom ROM" limited to the Android OS? 07:59, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

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