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

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That's an interesting way of putting it.

Still, why is word of mouth/telephone/email an inherently better form of communication? I agree that it's a "larger group than you'd be comfortable calling" but I think that's very likely a good thing. For example, tonight I'm going to play soccer with a casual friend from a class. He invited me and the rest of the group with a facebook message. It would have been awkward for an acquaintance to call/email, and probably would have never happened.

starke (starke), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

man, facebook was so much better back when there were only like 8 schools on it

lemin (lemin), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 19:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

snob

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 19:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Facebook's early history is pretty snobby and reflects the fact that it was started by a Harvard kid. The schools were added pretty much in order of prestige. No doubt the public school kids just weren't mature enough to deal with such technology until much later.

starke (starke), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 19:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Now they even have community colleges, though. Anyone who takes an adult continuing education course could get on there! It'd be amazing if people in cooking and wine tasting classes started using facebook to set up events and communicate outside of class.

business up front, party entrance at side door (mike h.), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 20:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The influx of philistines brought Facebook down to Myspace levels of social networking websites, ones it could never recover from! Oh, how I long for the days of only having to add friends from ivy league schools.

lemin (lemin), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 20:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

he eventually changed the setting to say single which automatically did it for her profile too. It was like a whole 'nother stage of breaking up.

I had a friend whose girlfriend changed her facebook relationship status to "single" in order to make him jealous, or something.

31g (31g), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 20:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh c'mon, thinking the relationship status setting on your facebook profile matters to you or anyone else is pretty ridiculous, right? also, there's an "it's complicated" setting

lemin (lemin), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 20:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

if someone changes their relationship status on their facebook profile it tends to cause gossip round our way, so it's not as ridiculous as all that to worry about it. Also people use facebook for looking up friends' new beaux etc. I keep forgetting I have a facebook account, every so often I log in cos someone's 'written on my wall' or put up an embarassing photo and discover month-old messages from people who clearly know my email address, but for some reason seem to believe that everyone checks facebook more often than webmail.

putting yr actual girlfriend/boyfriend as 'wife' or 'husband' on facebook is kind of crepey though, surely it should refer only to actual married spouses or to best friends.

permanent revolution (cis), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

which reminds me ... enrique, are you still gonna be in glasgow this weekend?

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well when I'm all "let's go to the bar and watch the game" and my girlfriend makes it some huge elaborate Facebook event, it's irritating. Also, I liked most of my friends better before I knew what their favorite books are.

adam (adam), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i cancelled my facebook account when i dropped out of school.
in retrospect, i should have kept it to creep on co-eds.

the eunuchs, Cassim and Mustafa, who guarded Abdur Ali's harem (orion), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also, I liked most of my friends better before I knew what their favorite books are.

haha this is true.

deej.. (deej..), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Now they even have community colleges, though. Anyone who takes an adult continuing education course could get on there! It'd be amazing if people in cooking and wine tasting classes started using facebook to set up events and communicate outside of class.
-- business up front, party entrance at side door (neupun...) (webmail), June 27th, 2006. (mike h.)

I know a fair amount of Johnston & Wales -- a local culinary school -- on there.

like murderinging (modestmickey), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I hate the "it's complicated" relationship status. Relationships are confusing anyway, facebook doesn't need to add to anxiety-inducing ambiguity!

i don't know anyone obsessed with it, though. thank heavens.

Maria (Maria), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 23:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Does the opposing partner's status change to "Married to someone who thinks it's complicated" ?

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 08:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
HI DERE

http://badge.facebook.com/badge/36910239.80.948704031.png

Scourage (Haberdager), Sunday, 20 August 2006 00:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i have learned about two new forms of manipulation using facebook in the last week! one of my friends put that she was married to a boyfriend she wasn't serious about so that it wouldn't scare off possibly interested guys looking at her profile, who would think it was a joke. another used facebook to stalk and then get in touch with someone from catholicmatch.com, which doesn't give you contact information unless you pay, and now has a possible catholic boyfriend (as long as he doesn't decide the priesthood is his vocation). it's hilarious, i love it.

Maria (Maria), Sunday, 20 August 2006 01:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Have people seen the latest features of facebook? They're terrifying. They tell you everything that your friends have done. Nothing gets by them. Before, it was a little creepy, and easy for stalkers to use. Now, it does your stalking for you. This is not right.

clotpoll (Clotpoll), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i don't think they'll stick

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

web 2.0 gone awry

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"everything your friends have done" --? what does this mean?

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It records every change in favorite movie, relationship status, events attended, everything in your friends' profiles, and then informs you on the facebook front page. When it tells you of a relationship ending, it adds a little broken heart symbol.

clotpoll (Clotpoll), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

!

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

everyone in my office today was talking about how creepy facebook suddenly was! it sucks because i'm the kind of dork who constantly makes pointless minor changes to his profile.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Crystal posted on Brian's wall. 4:56pm
Hey. Thank you for calling me back and for sending my stuff. I'm sorry I didn't leave a message but just pretend I didn't even call. It wasn't a good ide...

...


Yesterday
Brian is single. 12:19pm

Machibuse '80 (ex machina), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 03:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

haha oh man that is sad

like murderinging (modestmickey), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 13:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't think this is really how they planned on it working out. here's most of my facebook front page:

Molly Daniel is hating facebook right about now. 9:59am

Molly Daniel joined the group I hate the new facebook. 9:39am

Molly Daniel joined the group Students against Facebook's "Mini-Feed". 4:52am

Danielle Cohen joined the group WE HATE THE NEW FACEBOOK FACELIFT. 3:39am

Ann Marie Coddington added new photos. 3:19am

Lauren "Philly" Grimsley wrote a new note. 2:59am
THIS IS WACK!!!
THIS FACEBOOK SHIT IS WACK...CUZ ACCORDING TO FACEBOOK I KNOW WHAT U DID ONE MINUTE AGO, 3 HOURS AGO ANDDD THIS WEEKEND!!!
Continue reading...

like murderinging (modestmickey), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 13:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This is great! Folks like me who are comfortable with others knowing a little about my life won't mind the changes, and the more secretive types will be forced to grow up and stop minding what everyone thinks!

Obvious Ninja (Haberdager), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 13:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

or QUIT, a milestone every posh young student should reach at some point in their blowdried little lives

Euai Kapaui (tracerhand), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 13:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That sentence contains an unhealthy amount of ad hominem bile. Untrue ad hominem bile, moreover. Pfft, I suppose I'd better get used to it.

Obvious Ninja (Haberdager), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 13:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I want to meet Lauren "Philly" Grimsley.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 14:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Facebook's early history is pretty snobby and reflects the fact that it was started by a Harvard kid. The schools were added pretty much in order of prestige. No doubt the public school kids just weren't mature enough to deal with such technology until much later.

It spread this summer beyond Trinity in Ireland. And resulted in much "Oh no! PLebs!" type comments.
Bebo is more popular here for the reason that you can find your old school friends and facebook wasn't available to anyone with anything less than an (a)tcd.ie address. Radio stations, music things etc have bebo pages rather than MySpace, which seemed a bit odd to me. I committed beboicide a while back. Considering commiting Facebookicide.

That said it's been handy for me, esp now that people I know are scattered to the winds, to toronto and cambridge and london and shit. There's no option for saying you're a drop out though..

The new changes are horrible. I mean it was a bit weird before that you could check who's profile had changed, go see and not notice or realise what had changed. But this is odd. It should be possible to disable it.

Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 14:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

my bile comes from trying to use the internet in a public library recently and having to sit next to two gangly university "chaps" who sat in the same chair and sniggered at facebook for TWO HOURS

Euai Kapaui (tracerhand), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 14:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Next up: facebook chips implanted at the base of your skull to alert your friends to your every movement! YAYYYY

Jessie the Monster (scarymonsterrr), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 14:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Euai: Forget everything I said. :-)

Obvious Ninja (Haberdager), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 15:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Anyway, more worrying than the new facebook is the number of groups that have sprung up in the past day either praising, slating or being conspicuously ambivalent about the changes. Guys, calm down, it's only an irrelevant Internet database.

Obvious Ninja (Haberdager), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 16:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Guys, calm down, it's only an irrelevant Internet database.

Next time someone slates Mansun remember these words.

Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 16:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

music != irrelevant :P

I'll grow out of Mansun at my own speed, tyvm.

Obvious Ninja (Haberdager), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 16:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Nevah said Mansun or music were irrelevant boyo

And I couldn't give a rat crap roulade when you grow up!

hehe

Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 17:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

MUMMY HES BEING NASTY TO ME! *bawls*

Obvious Ninja (Haberdager), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 17:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Please stop posting. Please.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 17:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I really love the new Facebook? I suppose I would.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 17:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Updated: 28 of your friends joined the group Students against Facebook News Feed (Official Petition to Facebook). 4:23pm"
"Updated: 28 of your friends joined the group I Hate Facebook's Facelift. 2:59pm"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 6 September 2006 21:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TIME magazine has picked up on the Facebook backlash. Strange. This is news?

Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 21:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

tracerhand OTM, people petitioning to facebook about this shit need to go read a book or something.

joseph (joseph), Thursday, 7 September 2006 02:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

a book about faces?

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Thursday, 7 September 2006 02:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

When I read things like this, Im kinda glad I grew up without computers.

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 7 September 2006 05:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I just got the following e-mail from Facebook:

Hi John,

Now you can join Facebook! You tried to register last April, before we allowed everyone to sign up.

To register for Facebook using any email address, go to:

http://register.facebook.com

Thanks,
The Facebook Team

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 18:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

someone on Facebook tried to bro rape me last weekend!

like murderinging (modestmickey), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 18:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink


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