There was a time when “like” meant
A look of approval, a personal compliment
And “followers” belonged to people well-known
Leaders, actors, business tycoons and so on..
Entered the web and now you could follow
Millions of websites that could show
Information interesting and useful to you
Posted by someone ordinary too.
Social media had its genesis soon after
With an avalanche of facebook, instagram and twitter
Now the web became your canvas to display
Every aspect of your life, to friends far away
Each other’s followers now you could be
Exchanging exclamations and likes and smileys
You began to “like” everything- good or bad
There’s no dislike option even for news that’s sad..
Ranting about “likes” and “followers”, let me tell you
The array of platforms on which I look forward to
Appreciative comments, likes and follows everyday-
This blog, facebook and its friends have their say
Then there is “Research Gate” to flaunt my academic prowess
How can I neglect my professional success?
So it pings me when someone references and reads
An article of mine, satisfying my hidden narcissistic needs.
Such is the world today, making us obsessed
About the number of likes, follows and friend requests
Firing up the beast of competition within
At least in cyberspace we know how to win!