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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Monday February 11, 2008
08:53 AM

facebook can go to hell

[ #35629 ]

I've gotten some mileage out of Facebook. I caught up with a few old friends, whom I otherwise would've never heard from. That's about it. I actually appreciate that a lot, but the rest of Facebook can really just go to Hell.

First off, there's the fact that it doesn't seem to want to play well with others. I can't use my OpenID, I can't get an RSS feed of anything, and I can't really shut off most of the obnoxious "your friend just took a quiz!" alerts.

I can't convince non-technically-minded people that no, Facebook is not email. I keep getting email from Facebook telling me I have a message from someone else who has my email address. Has Facebook become "The Internet" to some people? Ugh.

It could be worse, though. I could just be getting "pokes." Oh, or "super-pokes." This is a new kind of electronic communication whereby a friend whom you haven't heard from in years sends you an email, but without any content. Instead you get a little message bar saying, "Long Lost Friend has sent you a Beer. Click here to send one back!" Dude, you know what? Why don't you send me an email and I will buy you a real beer and we can eat some tacos. This "poke" stuff is rubbish.

Today and a few weeks ago, I logged in and saw a quiz that a friend wanted me to take. Normally I ignore these, but these two were both sort of interesting and related to my friendship with this person. Having gone throught the quiz, I was then asked to "pick 20 friends to send this to." There was a "Skip" button, but clicking it brought up the error, "You must pick 20 friends." Great.

I am not a huge fan of using Google for all my data needs, but I do have hopes for the Social Graph API as a long overdue means to show people that friendship network data need not live in these walled city ghettos like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, or, God save us, Xanga.

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  • Facebook has indeed become the internet to some people since its the easiest way to whitelist people who can send you messages.

    Other than that, everything is designed to show you ads. That's why they want you on the site so much and force you to do things. It's not stupidity that you see, but purposeful design decisions that have other goals in mind.