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

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web-based Outlook is like going back in time 10 years

Alan, Thursday, 25 October 2007 10:44 (twelve years ago) link

"Yes," your friendly local IT guy will argue, "But it's THE BEST of 10 years ago!"

kenan, Thursday, 25 October 2007 10:53 (twelve years ago) link

But plz, no more werewolves, vampires, pirates, zombies, mummies, dragons, unicorns, satyrs, bigfoots, chupacabras, loch ness monsters, centaurs, sphinxes, angels, krakens, or hippogriffs.

I'm going to have to start doing this. One of my old co-workers seeme to be adding EVERY APPLICATION UNDER THE SUN and sending me crap. He even sent me some stop smoking message the other day. Grrrrr.

ENBB, Thursday, 25 October 2007 13:43 (twelve years ago) link

It's too easy... every frickin' application gives you this automatic screen to "send to your friends!" with a list of your friends and every one of them checked.

kenan, Thursday, 25 October 2007 13:45 (twelve years ago) link

I know but I make the effort to uncheck those things so that I don't piss people off. Why can't he? /vent.

ENBB, Thursday, 25 October 2007 14:01 (twelve years ago) link

because it's specifically designed to seem like more of a pain in the ass NOT to send a message to everyone in the world (even if that's not actually true)

kenan, Thursday, 25 October 2007 14:23 (twelve years ago) link

It's too easy... every frickin' application gives you this automatic screen to "send to your friends!" with a list of your friends and every one of them checked.

And the horrible thing: I CAN NOT UNCHECK ALL most of the time. :-(((((((( I'll have to try Firefox to see if this is due to Safari or something. Sometimes I uncheck them all seperately but most of the time I'm too lazy and send it to you guys. Sorry. Really. :-(

my point, nath, is that someone who never reads anything OR EVEN ASPIRES TO READ anything outside of three authors is intellectually stunted.

I hate to agree, but you're right. :-(

stevienixed, Thursday, 25 October 2007 14:32 (twelve years ago) link

just seen this on facebook, or, at least a link to it:

"Are You Sexy ?
Enter your date and time of birth and find out now! "

er, rly?

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 25 October 2007 14:33 (twelve years ago) link

I tend to "unclick everyone" button then reselect.. usually one Stvynx.. (gets too many mesages all the same no doubt)

Mark G, Thursday, 25 October 2007 14:34 (twelve years ago) link

xpost yeah and if it's earlier than the eighties, then it's not got love for you...

Mark G, Thursday, 25 October 2007 14:34 (twelve years ago) link

My sister asked me if I'm on Facebook, I found her profile and my mum is one of her friends... this means if I add my sister I will be Facebook friends with my mum. There's not really any reason why I wouldn't want my mum to see my profile but it still feels a bit odd! Hmm.

Also xpost to people having trouble with applications wanting to send to all your friends, you know you can skip that step right?

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:35 (twelve years ago) link

no, they don't seem to.

i don't want to be a fucking zombie, werewolf or vampire, or add any other cunting stupid feature. pls to naff off.

Upt0eleven, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:37 (twelve years ago) link

colonel -- i've had that problem. just pre-emptively block your mum.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:47 (twelve years ago) link


Mark G, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:58 (twelve years ago) link


pre-emptively cock-block your mum

ken c, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:59 (twelve years ago) link

Oh great, now my friend's cousin is posting anti-immigration "funnies" on my "Fun Wall". I think I may have to remove that application, unless I can block certain people from posting on it...

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 12:51 (twelve years ago) link

Friend's cousins on your friends list??

Alba, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 13:22 (twelve years ago) link

I know, I know. His dad friended me as well. I do know them all, have been out drinking with them etc. Seemed rude not to.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 14:34 (twelve years ago) link

'Ken Livingstone and Chris Kamara are now friends'

Matt DC, Monday, 12 November 2007 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

I wish celebs were on Facebook, putting gossip bloggers out of business...

http://www.pixelbuddy.com/images/broken_heart.gif Jake Gyllenhaal is no longer in a relationship.

Will M., Monday, 12 November 2007 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

aww imagine the broken heart was where it belonged there

Will M., Monday, 12 November 2007 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

I have now rejected one individual's friend request three times. I almost feel bad but there's a reason I haven't spoken to him for 7 years. He was a cockfarmer then and by all accounts, having seen his uber-twattish professionally taken pictures (in many of which he is shirtless) on someone else's account, he is still a cockfarmer now. and he has a terrible terrible tache too.

Upt0eleven, Thursday, 15 November 2007 11:22 (twelve years ago) link

no luv for the selleck

darraghmac, Thursday, 15 November 2007 11:25 (twelve years ago) link

i should have blocked my sister. her social life is not something i want to know about.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 19 November 2007 16:07 (twelve years ago) link


my brothers aren't interested in f-book thank heavens. although they are not yet 18 so maybe there is time yet.

Just got offed, Monday, 19 November 2007 16:10 (twelve years ago) link


Matt DC, Monday, 19 November 2007 16:11 (twelve years ago) link

one of them is a long-time lurker, but if he joins it will be as an ILM-specific thing. he is a lot more mature and discreet than me in many ways. he is very experienced with internet dialogue and will fit in seamlessly, only posting about things he is an expert on. the other one will not join ilx. i can say that with confidence.

if the first brother joins ilx, i will not draw any attention to him, and you will not be able to tell who he is.

Just got offed, Monday, 19 November 2007 16:21 (twelve years ago) link

ok, wtf, my mom is on facebook now. how did i find out? she's friends w my aunt. argh!

stevienixed, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 02:54 (twelve years ago) link

I remember a Steven King interview where he talked about how he doesn't really know how his books are going to end, he justs starts with an IDEA, and then just lets that IDEA take him where it will.

WHOA I tried that and it's like throwing armpit hair into a bottomless tunnel, ie pointless.

Abbott, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 23:28 (twelve years ago) link

You need different hair.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 23:29 (twelve years ago) link

Your favorite musicians and businesses are here.

Your favorite bands, businesses, and products are coming to Facebook. Check out Dave Matthews Band, become a fan of (RED), or search for your favorite brands. You can also find out about what your friends like through the new "Fan of..." box on their profiles.

Mark G, Thursday, 22 November 2007 11:53 (twelve years ago) link

Syria: not a fan

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 November 2007 17:56 (twelve years ago) link

This was my first Thanksgiving away from home, and after a phone call with most of the extended family gathering, I ended up facebook friending my aunt and both her kids to see the pictures they posted the next day. Crazy!

Maria, Saturday, 24 November 2007 19:23 (twelve years ago) link

and also to make them werewolves.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Saturday, 24 November 2007 20:06 (twelve years ago) link

haha my brother-in-law's uncle is a weird dude to begin with but now i'm seeing strange comments from him on my sister's facebook page. it's freaking me out that he's going to find me next! alsdkgj!

tehresa, Saturday, 24 November 2007 20:26 (twelve years ago) link

Apparently your activity on other websites may soon show up on Facebook's news feed. I was forwarded an e-mail from my girlfriend's co-worker that said that after he bought something on Amazon, a comment about the purchase then appeared on Facebook, even though he uses a different e-mail address for each site. MoveOn.org is starting a petition against this blatant privacy violation, and they've created a Facebook group as well.

More from the NYTimes.

jaymc, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 23:25 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah this is part of the new advertising model cooked up to attempt to justify Facebook's ridiculous overvaluation (see also becoming a 'fan' of things). *Apparently* you can opt out of this somewhere but I'm going to be keeping an eye on my newsfeed whenever I buy something.

There is a huge potential backlash here.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 23:31 (twelve years ago) link

I went to my privacy settings to see if I could turn this off, and it said that no websites had tried sending my data to Facebook yet, so there was nothing I could do, even preemptively.

jaymc, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 23:34 (twelve years ago) link

I just saw this via kv_nol posting a comment on Facebook - how the fuck does this work anyway? How does Amazon etc know what yr Facebook account is? Via your cookies or something? This sounds pretty fucked up. Not that I've noticed anything on my news feed yet.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:15 (twelve years ago) link

Amazon & FB both use email addresses as logins - I assume they're just feeding back for every email address that matches up on both sites.

onimo, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:19 (twelve years ago) link

Well, as I said upthread, my girlfriend's co-worker uses different e-mails for Facebook and Amazon, so he was guessing IP address (although that doesn't seem like it would be very accurate if you share your computer with someone else).

jaymc, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

domain cookies

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:26 (twelve years ago) link


kenan, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:29 (twelve years ago) link

Sorry jaymc, didn't notice you said they were different emails. As you say IP addresses are no good (I share one of my work IPs with a squillion others). Unless they're 100% sure about someone's identity (and even if they are!) this could lead to some very dodgy situations.

xpost thanks Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃 - if that's the case it can be prevented locally, though many wouldn't know how to do it

onimo, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:30 (twelve years ago) link


El Tomboto, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:37 (twelve years ago) link


El Tomboto, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:39 (twelve years ago) link

I like facebook, and lord knows I like scrabble, but lord also knows that if I get just one notification from facebook that says "Congratulations! We're going to tell all your friends that you heartily endorse the Hitachi Magic Wand!" I am so deleting my account and never looking back.

kenan, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:41 (twelve years ago) link


kenan, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:42 (twelve years ago) link

Kenan, don't go! I mean, fuck it, just ignore those notifications. I unselected most so I don't get'em in my email account. And you can go directly to Scrab, bypassing FB and stuff. :-)

My mum ignored my friend request. BITCH. ;-)

nathalie, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 17:02 (twelve years ago) link

nath, the point is not that I'm mildly itchy when I get too many notifications, it's... um... where to begin?

kenan, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 17:04 (twelve years ago) link

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