Faux Status

Andrew Sullivan —  May 7 2012 @ 10:00am

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Jack Stuef considers the rise of Status Shuffle, a Facebook app that lets users pick from pre-written updates and post them as their own:

[I]t’s clear people who use the app for their status are using it like one would use a greeting card, to express a mood better than they can in their own words. "Everything I’m feeling they have something for it," Sammie_69 wrote this week. "In love using status shuffle because I’m not good with words myself," wrote Missy09/02/09. As [the app’s creator, Oz Solomon] put it, users come into the app after a certain "life event," looking for "a piece of text that embodies how they’re feeling." According to Solomon, this status has been used over 116,000 times: "I am strong because I know my weaknesses. I'm alive because I'm a fighter. I am wise because I've been foolish. I laugh because I've known sadness."