"Can I say you're my girlfriend on Facebook?"

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Just so's you lot know...

Basically, Facebook, the "MySpace" for posh students only...

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 12:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

HURRAH! Keep the students off the rest of the interweb that's what I say.

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 12:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this is v. widespread for US college students. And not the posh ones, neccessarily.

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 12:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

people with myspace accounts should be culled.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 12:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"tremor"

StanM (StanM), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 12:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

why is this any better than myspace? i don't get it.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 12:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i thought that despite being a harvard thing, it had spread into non-posh kids too

olenska (olenska), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

, it had spread into non-posh kids too

Like I said, all US college students do this these days.

It's different from MySpace b/c you have to have an email with the associated university to have a page. if you have a utexas.edu email you can't link up to people at ugeorgia.edu. if you're just gmail.com then you can't do either.

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So it's only going on email addresses eh.... and seeing as my employer is a fairly prestigious major university and as such has kindly donated me an email address... does that mean I could SPY ON 'EM??

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :)

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

staff and faculty can also join, so yes.

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

my balls are better than myspace.

teh_kit has 21 friends (g-kit), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

well that's not saying a whole lot kit.

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

We call them 'ball bags' these days g-kit, do you not slavishly follow Am I Russell Brand Or Not like wot everyone else doth?

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Incidentally (hello I am old), isn't there something else called faceparty? Is it the same? You young people!

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If I put myself down as 'staff' and not 'student', does that exlude me from one set or the other? Cos like, I know other staff at [INSERT UNIVERSITY NAME HERE] and don't want to exlusively find out details of academics/administrators when I could larff at STEWWDENTS :)

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

faceparty is different
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faceparty

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

who wants to be in my Ballsbook, ladies?
xpost Ballsparty?

teh_kit has 22 friends (g-kit), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't know Starry. I'm not sure if the site is able to verify past a legitmate .edu address. I am uni staff but have yet to facebook myself. the shame.

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Answers for starry re Facebook

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook%27s_use_in_investigations

wikipedia:

Privacy Settings

Facebook contains privacy settings that individuals can set to prevent school administrators or other groups from accessing their profiles or photos. Under the "My Privacy" settings page, a facebook user can select which of the following groups are allowed to view a page:

* Undergrads
* Grad Students
* Alumni
* Faculty
* Staff

However, there is no guarantee that school administrators or law enforcement agencies will not choose to identify themselves falsely on Facebook, or that they cannot gain access to profile information via other means.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Can you change your profile if necessary? What if you are eg, an employee doing a research project, for debate :)

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Two stories:

1. My girlfriend just graduated from college last year (2005) and doesn't have a Friendster or MySpace profile but does have a Facebook profile. This makes me feel old. However, I think what she likes about Facebook is that it is relatively closed off to the outside world, whereas I don't generally care what yahoos have a gander at my drunken photos.

2. I was at a frat party at the Univ. of Chicago a couple months ago ... an ILXor invited me, and I went for the anthropological experience as much as anything, really. Anyway, so I'm talking to this BMOC in a felt cowboy hat, who's somehow convinced that I had been dancing with this girl he has a crush on named Allison. (The only girl I'd been dancing with was this gawky philosophy major named Ethel who hurriedly told me within the first minute, "By the way, I don't wanna hook up with you, I have a boyfriend." Whatever!) I try to deny it at first, but he's not upset or anything, his attitude is more like "good for you, bro -- she's fuckin' hot, isn't she?" -- so eventually I agree that yes, I was dancing with Allison. "You know what you can do for me?" he slurs. "You can have her look me up on Facebook. That's Bret. With one T." At which point I laughed out loud.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh and re the thread title: when my gf was showing me her Facebook profile, I was surprised to see that not only could you say you were "In a Relationship" but you could actually designate who your partner was and link to their profile.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

no idea !

i would expect most streetwise students would probably lock out snooping staff via the privacy settings

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

BMOC

??

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Big Man On Campus! (I hope)

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Facebook is pretty useful. It makes keeping in touch with uni friends nice and easy. I'm young and went to a 'posh' uni though.

jng (jng), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

No-one has yet addressed the fact that the titular quote is incredible cute!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

jng, how long can you keep your uni account open in the States? Over here, perhaps a few months... i mean, you cannot really use Facebook (if I got the rules right now) to keep in touch with uni friends once you graduated

olenska (olenska), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

most universities offer alumni accounts.

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

surely it stops people who aren't at uni going on it? what happens when you graduate?

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

xpost, sorry.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Over here, perhaps a few months

Says you. I've had mine for nearly 10 years after graduation by now.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Aww yeah - I just signed up as an alumni! It makes me feels old and lecherous though. Like going to a student party would, I guess.

Baaderonixx immer wieder (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

But Alumni can only perv on other Alumni? I might be wrong.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Clearly I am, if I'm capitalising alumni.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Haha, I started doing some work and clicked away from the register window, I guess I am not that bothered after all!

The sad truth is that I think it would make me feel lonely, and out of it! And I have a perfectly good LIVEJOURNAL for that arf arf ARF.

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm in the UK, so no idea about the US. I signed up with my uni email account a couple of years ago, and then just switched the profile over to my alumni email account when I graduated.

xpost

jng (jng), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

maybe we could have an ILX SOCIAL GROUP????

Baaderonixx immer wieder (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Its a really good way to stay in touch w people after you graduate.

deej.. (deej..), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Big Man On Campus! (I hope)

Yes. He seemed to know everyone and was walking around making sure people were having a good time.

I never signed up for an alumni e-mail account, and now I'm unsure of how to do so, but the only people I'd know on Facebook are young punks like deej, anyway.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Its a really good way to stay in touch w people after you graduate.
-- deej.. (clublonel...), June 27th, 2006.

a bit like MEETING THEM, HOLDING CONVERSATIONS, THAT KIND OF SHIT.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

As a current college student, I can vouch for how omnipresent it is. In the official UC Berkeley student questionnaire (rate the counselors from 1-10 etc.) the university had an entire section in the survey asking students about facebook. I can think of two people I know who *aren't* on it.

It's far classier than myspace because you can't change your page much. No background music. No videos. This is good.

Very recently though, there has been a very noticeable trend (in Berkeley at least...can't speak for the nation) to make your profile super-private and only visable to friends. People are either getting wary, or snobby, I'm not sure which.

starke (starke), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah its real easy to do that with my friends in San Francisco xp

deej.. (deej..), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

A few more things:

1. My brother is a grad student and when he TAs a class, he always checks out his students' Facebook profiles and is sometimes surprised at what they're willing to divulge. (Then he stores this information in an Excel spreadsheet ... oh wait.)

2. I have a cousin who just finished his freshman year at Northern Illinois University. He tells me that as soon as he received his school e-mail address last summer, he immediately signed up on Facebook and found that dozens of other incoming students had done so as well. In fact, the ability to notate your dorm and room number within your profile meant that he knew nearly everyone in his hall before they ever actually met face to face.

3. Haha, my dad moderated a panel about Facebook last month.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

High school students can join it now too. Which is weird.

deej.. (deej..), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

See, that's not weird to me because as far as I'm concerned, EVERYONE under 25 is on it.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, trading facebooks was the first thing the staff did when we got to camp. I think the basic reason it's so much more universal than eg friendster is the total lack of crepey hookup connotations?

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 14:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

he always checks out his students' Facebook profiles
Not always, just for the cute ones ;)

robots in love (robotsinlove), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 15:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

facebook is even creepier than myspace/friendster cuz then you can anonymously crepe on cute girls in your classes.

the eunuchs, Cassim and Mustafa, who guarded Abdur Ali's harem (orion), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 15:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's strange--I do feel like there is a generational divide with facebook. I joined just this year, as a 24 year old grad student. But, the first year grad students, who are right out of college, already had facebook accounts from undergrad days. they just had to switch over the designation to their new university affiliation. But the point is they already had them and were totally accustomed to using them, whereas they had convinced me to join, and then were disappointed when facebook did not function the same way they were used to (nobody checked it frequently enough, thereby making announcing parties useless).

robots in love (robotsinlove), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 15:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ok wait - that is a lot weirder than mine which are all creepy dudes commenting on my pictures of guys in africa telling me about my unclaimed money

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 17:31 (three years ago) Permalink

That actually sounds pretty weird unless you meant "or" instead of "of", but yeah, i had hoped that this person would have lost their fixation on me but apparently I have some sort of totemic significance for this person. I guess if my unresponsive continuing existence is helpful I don't mind too much.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 17:37 (three years ago) Permalink

hahahaha yes that should have been an "or"

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 17:42 (three years ago) Permalink

http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/talk-passive-aggressive-facebook-like/1104835/

turns out you can passive-aggressively like a facebook post

Possibly Fingers (onimo), Friday, 17 July 2015 11:29 (three years ago) Permalink

son, you got no idea of the levels of this shit

Nhex, Friday, 17 July 2015 17:02 (three years ago) Permalink

'specially for the ladies

Nhex, Friday, 17 July 2015 17:02 (three years ago) Permalink

stuff like this is part of the "fun" of facebook

sarahell, Friday, 17 July 2015 22:40 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

fucking facebook has started being 'coy' about what it's showing me. You go to 'newsfeed' and neither 'top stories' nor 'most recent' are ticked. I still have to change it to 'most recent'.

kinder, Saturday, 1 August 2015 13:09 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Trending
The Jimi Hendrix Experience:
November 16 Marks 47th Anniversary of 'Electric Ladyland' Hitting No. 1.

how's life, Monday, 16 November 2015 14:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Trending
Megyn Kelly
Fox News Host Celebrates 45th Birthday on Nov. 18.

how's life, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:51 (three years ago) Permalink

http://fusion.net/story/235901/facebook-relationship-tool-breakups/

sarahell, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Trending
Charles M. Schulz
Nov. 26 Marks 93rd Anniversary of Late 'Peanuts' Cartoonist's Birth

chimiraquai (how's life), Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:11 (three years ago) Permalink

let's hope he doesn't continue to give a lot of money to corporate "school reform" efforts that do more damage than they fix.

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 21:50 (three years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/a9amLor.jpg

Evan Rando (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 13:42 (three years ago) Permalink

maxima is by far the most o_O celebrity baby name ever, i cannot fully process it

Evan Rando (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 13:43 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Trending
Cliff Burton
Metallica Bass Guitarist Remembered on Feb. 10, What Would Have Been His 54th Birthday

how's life, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:31 (two years ago) Permalink

For me, "like" button broken down into specific emojis = SB changed to FP. I'm less inclined to use it.

WilliamC, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:31 (two years ago) Permalink

guess now i have to go back thru every post i ever Liked and update it with the correct emoji to avoid potential embarrassment

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:42 (two years ago) Permalink

they also look ugly

sarahell, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:15 (two years ago) Permalink

bad idea. sign of a degenerate society.

Treeship, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:24 (two years ago) Permalink

time was you could emotionlesly like a post in the streets

Ad h (onimo), Wednesday, 24 February 2016 18:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Wow.

Creames Fartpoop, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 19:21 (two years ago) Permalink

They look like a buzzfeed article, its horrible.

Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious. (Trayce), Wednesday, 24 February 2016 22:59 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

really love the bet-hedging house style Facebook has originated for its "trending" "news items", e.g.

Frank Kaminsky: Video Appears to Show Former Wisconsin Basketball Player Celebrate Team's Win
Kaminsky appears to jump up from his couch cheering, run into his kitchen and slide onto the floor after former Badgers teammate Bronson Koenig defeated Xavier on Sunday with a buzzer-beater.

bernard snowy, Monday, 21 March 2016 19:13 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Trending
Return of Saturn: April 11 Marks 16th Anniversary of No Doubt Album

how's life, Monday, 11 April 2016 19:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Trending
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: April 18 Marks What Would Have Been Late Musician's 92nd Birthday

how's life, Monday, 18 April 2016 14:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Hermit Park, Queensland: Man Dies Due to Stab Wounds, Police Say

Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious. (Trayce), Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:16 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/brothers-jailed-facebook-message-judge-11388028

is it wrong to feel kinda sorry for these two unfortunates? (especially the one who didn't actually write the "suck my cock" post but just commented on it?)

soref, Saturday, 28 May 2016 19:29 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Woke up, hung over. Piecing together what happened last night, a had a few too many, but I don't think it was that bad. Getting my phone, checking facebook. The first message is from myself, from today, saying 'whooooaaaah-ooooh!!! Lost my phone last night. Goodbye everyone, keep safe!!!' and then I posted California by Phantom Planet. And I'm like, wtf, how drunk was I??? Turns out there's a small text in the corner 'remember this day six years ago?' and it's from my going away party when I moved to San Diego.

Fuck you facebook, for confusing me and reminding me how much of a loser I used to be.

Frederik B, Sunday, 4 September 2016 10:36 (two years ago) Permalink

lol

meh 😐 (wins), Sunday, 4 September 2016 12:13 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Because people on my and my husband's facebook have at some point 'liked' Habitat and Amazon, we are seeing on our own feeds 'recommendations' of things the other has been browsing. A Habitat photo frame I was looking at as part of his Christmas present came up on his feed and bike locks on Amazon came up on mine.

This is some bullshit. Now we know it does this we'll know what each other has been looking at! Way to ruin relationships Christmas, facebook.
I have the FB purity blocker thing but this isn't even categorised as an ad.

kinder, Monday, 2 January 2017 12:19 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Man, trying to create a page and tack on some events used to be easy. Now it's like the hardest thing in the world to do. Thanks Facebook, nobbers.

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

However, I think what she likes about Facebook is that it is relatively closed off to the outside world, whereas I don't generally care what yahoos have a gander at my drunken photos.

Lol irony reading this now.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

"The previously unreported actions by Myanmar’s military on Facebook are among the first examples of an authoritarian government using the social network against its own people."

All of this reads like a more extreme, but familiar, version of what's happening in the U.S.:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/technology/myanmar-facebook-genocide.html

... (Eazy), Monday, 15 October 2018 15:33 (two months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

RIP

crüt, Monday, 12 November 2018 18:12 (one month ago) Permalink

it had a bad run

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 12 November 2018 18:14 (one month ago) Permalink

hold me

j., Monday, 12 November 2018 18:15 (one month ago) Permalink

It really says something when you go to a site out of habit and then breathe a sigh of relief when it's down.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 November 2018 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Don’t think of it as goodbye, think of it as... ello

coetzee.cx (wins), Monday, 12 November 2018 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

fb'd u for that

unproven (darraghmac), Monday, 12 November 2018 18:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Not down for me at all btw, you guys are all gone cause they’ve finally done the purge

coetzee.cx (wins), Monday, 12 November 2018 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

already back for me :/

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 12 November 2018 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/technology/facebook-emails-privacy-data.html

In January 2013, one of Mr. Zuckerberg’s lieutenants emailed him with news about Twitter, one of Facebook’s biggest competitors. The company had introduced a video-sharing service called Vine, which allowed users to create and post six-second video clips.

When new users signed up for Vine, they were given the option of following their Facebook friends — a feature enabled through Facebook’s application program interface, or API. This feature was widely used, and had become a valuable tool for new apps to accelerate user growth. But in Vine’s case, Facebook played hardball.

“Unless anyone raises objections, we will shut down their friends API access today,” wrote the lieutenant, Justin Osofsky, now a Facebook vice president.

Mr. Zuckerberg, the chief executive, replied: “Yup, go for it.”

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:53 (one week ago) Permalink

hmm u don't say

These emails reveal that in the formative years of Facebook’s growth, the company’s executives were ruthless and unsparing in their ambition to collect more data from users, extract concessions from developers and stamp out possible competitors.

We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:59 (one week ago) Permalink

obviously nothing is shocking here but the gory details.....sure are gory and detailed

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 6 December 2018 14:19 (one week ago) Permalink

fun fact: no-one ever became a billionaire through scrupulously even-handed business practices

We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 6 December 2018 14:28 (one week ago) Permalink

it's almost like amassing ungodly sums of money might be.. evil?

Nhex, Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:39 (one week ago) Permalink

hmm, makes u think

We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:39 (one week ago) Permalink

> fun fact: no-one ever became a billionaire through scrupulously even-handed business practices

the minecraft guy?

koogs, Thursday, 6 December 2018 17:54 (one week ago) Permalink


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