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I’m stunned. I had no idea I’d gained this much influence. But I finally blogged about the “Petition to Facebook to create ‘Widowed’ as a relationship status” and a week later, they friggin’ did it.
(Facebook also added the status, “in an open relationship,” which, personally, I thought was covered under “it’s complicated.” So can someone please explain what statuses remain to be called “complicated”?) (No, wait, don’t. Thanks.)
It’s not exactly Valerie Jarrett commenting on Loralee’s Looney Tunes or Dooce forcing the hand of TWO whitegoods manufacturers, but it’s still been quite a week for Social Media-mediated change. Thank you, Danielle Fait, the young widow who founded the FB group!
Of course I have to diminish my own success and tell you how nutty I am: I joined Facebook partially so I could join this group and protest the exclusion of my (non)marital status. Whatever happened to “I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members”?
Or maybe it's the world that's backwards, at last. Remember the jokes about Y2K being a real-life Revenge of the Nerds? Maybe Social Media is finally turning rejects into leaders?
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