“Where is my post?!” For as long as there have been blogs and social sites, so have there been too, the vanishing posts. Endless words and beloved images, posted one day, and gone the next.
“Did you delete my post? I thought we were friends?! Why did you do that?” (insert un-smiley face)
“No! I swear I didn’t! Really!” (insert heart)
“Ok.” (insert smiley face) *I know you did. You suck.*
They accused in comment fields, whispered over the telephone lines, and oh, how the drama stirred. Friends became not, and families sat at the dinner table, silent, sullen. What was being hidden? Why was something deleted? After all, things didn’t just disappear. Some tried to reason, theorizing site malfunctions, update hiccups, and offline browsers. Yet, even they could not hold back the need to point a finger. “Stupid site! You ruiner!”
Sally looked fondly upon a screen. “Perhaps… No, no, no. That won’t do.” She shifted her eyes to the next one, and then the next. Up and down, and completely around, so many were the squares of light, that they hid the walls, the ceiling, and even the floor of Sally’s room. “Ahhh! That’s the one!” She dragged her hooked finger across the screen. “That looks… wonderful.” The image of a cupcake reflected in her eyes, all eight of them. “It shall be mine.”
It was then that she noticed me standing there. “What? I am, after all, a spider. My life, a simple one. I take what is caught in the web.” She spun the screen around and around before finally, inserting a straw. “You humans, you create such drama over pixels on a screen, a mere a midnight snack.”
In the blink of an eye, the cupcake was gone. In its place, a comment then appeared. “Why did you delete my Happy Birthday comment?” (insert un-smiley face)