Not every Facebook group is a winner, let’s face it. If you want to be succesful in the dog-eat-dog world of Internetry, you have to be able to appeal to a wide variety of people; and, if the “Facebook Legends”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200946359 group is any indication, the best ways to do that are either to appeal to sources of mutual pride like “going to public school”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200279745, or totally being from “NorCal”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200069973, reminisce about old pleasures like “the Oregon Trail”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200347071 or promote new ones (Some people like the Daily Show? “That’s CRAZY”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200071244), or just friggin’ whine about how you can’t find some “hott girl”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200297656 you saw, or you “don’t sleep enough”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200166877.

And then there’s the other end of the spectrum, the people who just narrow their scope a little too much. Like “Chinese People from Iowa”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200732203, which lists, as examples of (non-Chinese) Iowans, Herbert Hoover (President during the beginning of the Great Depression), Jean-Luc Picard (Who, alert readers might note, is actually a fictional character, and, even if he were real, is from France anyway), and John Wayne (Alright, we’ll give them this one). Membership: Three. And this is a global group.

Or this group, dedicated to how “no one really knows their hometowns exist”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2203957254. Membership: Two. Evidently, “only 16 people love Hungary”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200435174, and only one person’s “best friend goes to another school”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2203921563.

Another good way to ensure low membership: burn out the description of your overly complicated plan in the title of your group. “California should secede, OH AND ALSO, Northern California should secede”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2213348913. Um, okay. Membership: 12. Or just be a dick and proclaim your intention to “constantly purge your friend rolls”:http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2213605310. Membership: 2.

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