He creates, he laughs, he scams: Be like Bill no more

By Kaitlin Lott

Staff Writer

 

Facebook is no stranger to social media fads that come in like a hurricane one day, flooding your timeline, only to leave like a gust of wind the next.

Currently, Bill, a stick figure cartoon, has contributed to the users of the social media world regressing to kindergarten arts and crafts with elementary class topics.

Bill, our sardonic, sarcastic, negative Nancy, has become somewhat of an inspiration to social media fanatics, becoming their voice of opinion. Instead of actually using their words in a class discussion or progressive political debate, “Bill” seems to have grasped their inner thoughts.

But the question is, does Bill get it right every time? Of course not. The computer generates what it thinks you might think or feel and hopes it lands on the moon. For me, it was way off on Jupiter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the record: I’m on level 645 of Candy Crush.

Haphazardly, Bill has made controversial topics relatable without being harmful.

It also seems that people have taken the “power of Bill” into their own hands. Bill tends to generate harmless memes that suggest that people should actually look like their Facebook pictures, not annoy their friends with stupid questions or take gym selfies.

However, recently individuals have created “Be Like Bill” memes for more “pressing issues.”

“I have some interesting adaptions using the current political race for the Be Like Bill memes,” said Carol Britton, communication liaison at UWF.

“In a weird way, ‘The Be Like Bill’ meme has allowed people to express how they feel about their political, social or cultural issues without hurting someone’s feelings,” said Troy University student Brittany Tate. “Many people today are afraid to simply say how they feel, but somehow Bill has made it OK for individuals to express what they do and don’t like without consequence.”

Bill is not supposed to be taken seriously in a world ruled by social media. Bill is merely a source of entertainment while cruising the World Wide Web, but there are some individuals who are critical of this craze.

“Of course I’ve seen Bill, but he is not an area of attention that needs to be focused on,” Amanda O’Beid, UWF hospitality major, said. “Social media has become something to occupy their time with instead of doing something important. So instead of paying their bills they decide to play with Bill.”

Bill just might be a little more dangerous than the average Joe assumed. Cyber scams now have a mask that appeals to the general population. Online credit accounts are no longer the only way to steal someone’s identity. Deceptively humorous memes that occupy our time in between class could be planning their own futures with our accounts.

“Several of the third-party sites that generate content like this have proven to be security risks for the computer users, so I tend to stay away from them personally,” Britton said.

Even more so, the Better Business Bureau has been investigating the popular app, as reported by Brett Molina, in USA TODAY on Jan. 24.

From this side of the fence, my best advice would be to stay away from Bill and find ancient ways to occupy your time, like reading a book. I know it is hard to believe, but there once was a time when memes didn’t exist and instead actual human interaction did.

If you feel like taking a gamble with Bill find him on Facebook at Official Be Like Bill.