The virtual world sure is convenient, but certain things — burgers, sex, lucha libre wrestling — are much more immediately satisfying in real life.
We guess that's the thinking behind Fliike, the first product out by French startup Swiirl.
It's an analog box that hooks up to your Facebook account and displays your total number of Likes in big, bold, flippable digits. Think of it as an alarm clock that tells you how popular you are.
Fliike's specifically intended for small businesses as a marketing and promotional tool — stick it in the window of your artisanal soy sauce shop or next to your “We've Gone [X] Days Since a Fatality in the Marshmallow Fluff Vats” poster.
But there's no reason you couldn't use Fliike to promote your personal page, too.
Except, perhaps, the price. At $300 and in a limited edition of 500 pieces, Fliike is both a har-har design objet and a minor investment.
But you can't really put a price on your social media cachet, can you?