A page set up on social media site facebook.com asking members to 'click like for world peace' has not saved the planet despite reaching 5,000 likes in three days.
With news coverage becoming ever more bombastic it is becoming harder for to ignore the tragedies being committed around the globe, prompting people like page administrator Joseph Heinburg to act. 'I was sat on twitter one day and my feed was being clogged up by some war somewhere. I knew then I needed to help.'
But Heinburg was presented with a problem, 'My Mum was coming round for tea that night so I couldn't actually leave the flat so I needed to help without leaving my ed but there was nothing I could to do with twitters 140 characters. So I logged on facebook instead. I sent the page to all my friends – 240, I'm that popular – most of them liked it straight away and for a moment it looked like I might end the war by tea time. But they just kept on fighting and killing, like my page was meaningless. You would have thought it was a google + page given how little attention it got'
Lesley Hooper, 14, was one of the users who clicked like, 'I usually quite stingy with my likes, it took until his fourth live performance before I liked James Arthur's page but I liked this, and the other 47 world peace pages, right away. It even took me ages because my internet is really slow because my Mum won't get BT infinity because she's selfish and she hates me and is the worst Mum ever and my life sucks more than anyone else’s life in the world right now.'
'It makes the future of social media look bleak,' argued Heinburg. 'If the Governments of the world don't listen to us now then it will eventually just become a place for people to waste time and only act like they care.'