The 10 Things We Want To Know About “25 Random Things About Me”A Slate reader survey: What are the origins of the Facebook phenomenon?

25 Random Things About Me.In the past few weeks, a chain letter called “25 Random Things About Me” has wormed its way through Facebook at an alarming speed. The exhibitionistic format has remained surprisingly intact: In addition to rattling off 25 facts about themselves, “Random Things” authors are supposed to tag 25 of their Facebook friends, prompting them to write their own note and tag 25 more people, and so forth and so on.

Whatever your take is on the content of these notes, they do present a fascinating case study in how trends spread online. As USA Today noted Thursday, it’s difficult for Facebook to measure the trend precisely because the letters are written using the generic Notes application, which can be used for any type of message. But a representative for the site did tell the newspaper that use of the Notes app has more than doubled in the past week.

In an attempt to get a handle on how the “25 Random Things About Me” phenomenon began and spread, Slate is running a simple survey for Facebook users. If you have written such a letter or noticed that any of your Facebook friends have, please take a second to answer the following questions, using the news feeds on your profile to determine when you were first swept up in this trend.

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