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Social network suckage

2007-08-13 17:45:04.507907+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Okay, how do I get the execrable Facebook to give me an RSS/Atom or even just email feed for updates there? Grrr... Useless "social networking" sites increasing the cognitive load for me to do things.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-13 18:59:59.533847+00 by: ebradway

Yeah. I end up logging into Facebook and MySpace very, very rarely because it's a bit of a blackhole. I don't know what's in there and I don't think there's any way to get them to send info back out. I have a friend in Paraguay in the Peace Corps who only gets 'net access about once a month. I only just found out that he'd been leaving me messages on Facebook for the past six months...

Maybe there's room for a page-scraper that can be easily configured to pull stuff out of these blackholes and serve them up via RSS...

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-13 19:17:48.223025+00 by: Dan Lyke

Did some poking around, found a few tools that used to scrape Facebook for RSS feeds, but they all appear to have been deliberately broken by Facebook. Open APIs my ass.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-13 20:06:42.02222+00 by: topspin

Facebook: acount --> notification.... can get it to send you an email when someone sends you a message and a few other things. Myspace will do something similar.

What I've done is give them a "trash gmail" account that shows up on my google screen and lets me see "activity." Yeah, I still have to log on to read the things, but I don't waste time logging on to LOOK for messages, comments, etc. directed at me.

Granted, it won't follow someone else's comments, but I think there's something natural about the social pressure of someone NOT being replied to because their posts are hard/uncomfortable to reach. Socially, if someone said... "Hey, meet me down at {generic, loud, trendy downtown club} and we'll talk" I'd quickly know I'm not going unless this person is QUITE special to me and if they are they won't mind hearing me say.... "How about someplace else?"

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-13 21:48:30.392479+00 by: John Anderson

FWIW, http://movemydata.org/ is trying to turn into something that could help, but I don't think they're there yet.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-14 12:01:55.870634+00 by: DaveP

My friend Joey runs the Tucows Developer Blog and has been pushing Facebook pretty hard lately. Pop over there and hit him with your comments.