Monday, December 29, 2008
A recant, and a review. Of sorts...
Well the peer pressure got to me and I folded. Yes that's right, peer pressure does work, even on us semi well balanced adults. Back in October I ripped on social sites such as My Space and Facebook. Now mind you I had only really experienced My Space and I still, to this day, think it sucks ass. Because it does. If you have never played with it don't, if you have an account you should let it die before it gives your computer a horrible disease because it will. OK I hate My Space, did ya get that? Yeah so I had others that said I should try Facebook because it's totally different. And within a week I had at least 3 other people ask me if I was on it and want to show me pictures there. Which I couldn't see because you have to log in. Damn it. Really what were the chances though? 3 people in a week?
I still did not relent though, I had them copy the pis and email me. Today though I had my girlfriend ask me if I had an account (she had pics she wanted me to see) and of course I said no. I signed in on someone else's account to see them and decided that it was probably time to try it out and hell, if it was as nasty as My Space would just delete it. If it let me right? So I did, I signed up.
OMG did you see that? Hell just froze over.
So my summation of the process. Insanely simple, is nothing like My Space other than the fact that you have friends. It finds the friends for you, pulls them from your gmail account, asks you which ones you want to add as friends. You only have friends that you want to add, it doesn't have pretty fancy stupid things all over the damn page making it hard to read or navigate. It asks you what high school you went to and then gives you a list of other Facebook-ers that graduated from your class and gives you the option of adding them. It'll do the same for your college only it's too big to just spit out an enormous list so you don't have to look at them all, I didn't. I have yet to even look at the options it has available, I'm sure there's a ton but I am at work and have to do work stuff (like blog right?) but I'm sure I'll look into it eventually.
It may be the fact that this is a holiday week, it may be the fact that my generation is glued to the internet but within maybe 10 minutes I had no less than 15 'friends' approve my request to be their friend. Is that the right terminology? Yeah whatever, anyway it was easy, simple and more importantly it fills a need that is not like the blog or email. I use the word 'need' loosely here. No one needs Facebook but it's not like My Space which was like a disorganized blog/email/im thing. I like gmail as my email/IM/chat and Blogger as my blog space and I am not looking to replace either. Facebook doesn't so I will allow it to continue it's existence in my own little world. Until it does something to piss me off and then I'll dump it like an ex.