I've just bought some refills for my pens. When I say "pens" I mean the drawer full of Pilot G2s I've written with for years, because they're so comfortable, even several HOURS later. [Pilot, if you ever read this a free sample would be very nice. :) ]
Usually, I pick them up from my local post office which, amazingly, stocks them. But this week they ran out, and I was down to my last three. Withdrawal symptoms threatened.
So I went to Amazon. No problem. Very fair price if I bought a dozen [That's 12 for those who don't know what dozen means - yes, you're out there, I've met several of you already]. One-Click and it was sorted.
Then a small window popped up. In it, a ready-typed message that said "I've just bought..." with an instant click-on connection to Facebook, or a couple of other "social networking" sites.
I admit, I blinked. I didn't click. Assuming I wanted to connect with Facebook et al, why on earth would I want to tell the world I'd bought pen refills? What corner of the globe is going to find that heart-warming, thrilling, entertaining. Or even regard it was human contact?
I know there are people who send pictures of the drinks they've just bought in a pub, or feel it vital to tell the world which restaurant they are currently sat in, and frankly that's pretty lame, but pen refills? Only now, of course, I'm wondering where I can track all the other ridiculous messages that must be 'out there'. What could be the most inane, or cringe-worthy, item someone has just told the whole world they've bought, clicking first and thinking later.
Even as a sales pitch this trick is pretty weak, surely. Or are there people 'out there' who just have to buy what someone they half-know has.
No, even if, it's still just sad.