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Facebook yucks.

2007-10-08 22:19:47.282836+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Gack. I just tried to participate in some silly Facebook thing and ended up spamming a whole bunch of people. I'm now wondering what, aside from some sort of virus propagation scheme, Facebook really is. Yuck.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-09 11:24:52.054468+00 by: Medley

I really don't like all those little facebook apps -- they all seem very counter-intuitive to me - I can't figure out how to use them half the time, and one does run the risk of spamming your friends on facebook.. There's something very wrong with that whole platform/architecture... IMO.

Nevertheless, I 'install' some when facebook buddies ask me to, just to see what the fuss is about.

The thing I *really* dislike about Facebook is that, as far as I can tell, the 'feed' of your friends' activities that it gives you on your homepage is just decided probabilistically - it's not everything, just a selection based on.... I don't know what. That really rubs me the wrong way. (Yes, you can set some sliders saying 'more of this' 'less of that' but as far as I can tell there's no way to say: 'just show me every damn thing and don't be clever about it.'

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-09 13:00:49.413268+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, what caught me yesterday was one of those stupid apps that asked me to take some survey, and in the process of my trying to figure out how to compare my answers to more than one other person spammed all of my contacts with asking them to take a survey.

At least I can figure out how to make MySpace just act like a weblog.

I think Twitter is kind of dumb and I need to figure out how to mirror what I send to it up to my own sites, but of the recent "social networking" sites it's got the model I like best.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-09 21:22:52.291398+00 by: spc476

I found mirroring my Twitter site pretty easy. Just create an unordered list with an id of "twitter_update_list" and include two Javascripts, "http://twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js" and "http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/siwisdom.json?callback=twitterCallback2&count=5".

Something like:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/siwisdom.json?callback=twitterCallback2&count=5"></script>

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-09 21:23:25.414143+00 by: spc476

Hmm ... guess your comment field escapes <script> tags.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-09 23:18:17.470245+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, when I was writing the parser for Flutterby I saw too many potentially malicious uses for scripts and didn't understand the security model of JavaScript well enough to allow scripts. In fact, I think I still don't....