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January 31, 2004
The Grinch who Turned Down Testimonials
I have problems with Orkut
and other such e-friendship networks because they make binary the most analog of relationships. But I really
hate testimonials. I am neurotically compliment-averse to begin with but encouraging people to write little paragraphs praising one another cannot help but spawn an Economy of Bullshit.
What makes it worse is that the couple of testimonials I've gotten (and declined) have been from actual friends who thoughtfully crafted paragraphs that meant something to them and to me. And then I slam the door on them.
I wish Orkut would make this less awkward by letting participants opt out of receiving testimonials.
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