Four Interesting Pick Fives
We also asked LivingSocial to run the numbers on a few of Facebook's not-as-popular, but especially striking categories. Here are the results for four intriguing Pick Fives.
Pick Five: Top Five People I Want to Punch in the Face
(completed by 1.4 million people on Facebook)
1. George W. Bush (picked 149,458 times)
2. Paris Hilton (142,608 times)
3. Miley Cyrus (105,877 times)
4. Barack Obama (70,251 times)
5. The Jonas Brothers (68,999 times)
"Striking" is the operative word here. But forget about punching George Bush--did you see how he dodged that shoe in Baghdad? You'll never lay a glove on him. And don't slug Paris Hilton, either: She might have to scrape together the dough for plastic surgery. If you even think about hitting Miley Cyrus, her daddy Billy Ray might give you an achy-breaky face. And as for taking a swing at Barack, beware: Those security dudes are ready to dance at the drop of a hat. The Jonas Brothers? Punch away.
Pick Five: 5 Things I Could Grab From Where I'm Sitting (No Cheating!)
(completed by 2.1 million people on Facebook)
The proposition is a bit odd, but millions of users completed the Pick Five, and the results are interesting.
1. Remote control (picked 325,884 times)
2. Pen (163,493 times)
3. Cell phone (292,457 times)
4. Pillow (91,766 times)
5. Camera (78,562 times)
Number one answer: the remote control. This is more proof that people, especially younger ones, enjoy computing and watching TV at the same time. This comes at a time when all kinds of tech gear and software makers are trying to bring TV and Web browsing together into one experience. They're gambling that people will want to do both things on a single platform, which may be correct. The integration of TV and Internet on one screen has great possibilities--both for consumers and for advertisers, but only if the resulting system easy to control and manage from a couch. That barrier to use is proving difficult to overcome.
Pick Five: Best Albums of All Time
(completed by 2 million people on Facebook)
1. Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd (picked 134,939 times)
2. Nevermind by Nirvana (79,199 times)
3. Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses (79,098 times)
4. Metallica by Metallica (66,356 times)
5. Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) by Led Zeppelin (59,059 times)
My response to this is the same as my reaction to the "Bands I've Seen in Concert" list (where the top five consists of Metallica, U2, Kiss, Bon Jovi, and the Rolling Stones): These picks are all really old. Most of the "Best Albums" are records that Facebookers probably borrowed from their parents--or grandparents (Dark Side, Led Zep IV). And this list is coming from the Facebook community, which is dominated by twentysomethings. Maybe my theory that truly great records stopped being made in about 1990 is true.
Pick Five: Top 5 Things I Hate That Everyone Else Seems to Like
(completed by 672,767 people on Facebook)
1. American Idol (10,236 times)
2. Twilight (4582 times)
3. Beer (2934 times)
4. Rap music (2660 times)
5. Coffee (2348 times)
More than ten thousand Facebook members put American Idol on their list of things they feel lonely about hating. Another object of widespread isolated animosity is Twilight (discussed under Best Movies, though the antagonism may spill over to encompass the popular book series as well). Old standbys beer, rap, and coffee round out the list, suggesting that when it comes to despising the truly and universally beloved pop sensations du jour--Zac Efron, Rachael Ray, Susan Boyle, Twitter--you're on your own, hater.