One recent controversy is that over Sammy the Shark, a young whale shark that was caught in the Arabian Gulf and then transferred to the aquarium at the Atlantis Hotel [in Dubai], which opened [in November 2008] with a 20mil pound party and firework display.
More than 16,000 people joined a Facebook group calling for its release…
- A Waste of Energy, The Star, December 30, 2008
More than 16,000 people joined a Facebook group calling for the release of the shark? So what?
There are many “causes” on Facebook. Some examples are “Stop Global Warming” and “Save the Ocean”. I personally have got a few invitations to support the causes. It was easy to sign up. All I did was just a few clicks. I did not need to fill up a form or make donation. In fact, I didn’t even bother to read the details. Do I have any follow-up actions? You bet!
Back to Sammy the Shark. I doubt the Facebook group made any impact. The Facebook members who signed up did not boycott Atlantis Hotel. (I doubt many of them can afford it anyway.) Nor did they travel to
Facebook is a hugely popular social networking site, but you just have to know its limitations.
P/S This writer is aware of the global warming issue, but joining the Facebook cause makes no difference to him.
Facebook Stop Global Warming
More than 2 million members, but raised only $29,984. What a joke!