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Friendship Over

Dear Facebook,

We need to talk.

I think we should see other people. It’s not me, it’s you. I feel like we’ve grown apart. We’re different people now, and it’s time for me to move on. Even though I stuck with you through your many face-lifts, I can’t sit by any longer and watch you turn yourself into a junked-up, over-populated MySpace clone.

I know I wasn’t as patient or supportive as I could have been, but now is not the time for regrets. I’ve tried to be understanding of your obsessive need to update my feed with quiz results, and now I feel like all I do is nag. “Stop with the quiz results, honey. I don’t care what Peanuts character you are. No, I don’t really want to know what mother-smurfing Smurf you are. Jesus, STOP WITH THE QUIZZES!” That’s not healthy for either of us.

It’s not just the quizzes, though. Your highlights are really more like don’t-care-lights. I’m a little sick of you asking me “What’s on your mind?” I don’t always have profound thoughts, Facebook. You should know that by now. Asking me “What’s on your mind?” only serves to remind me how shallow I am and puts me in a bad mood when I try and fail to think of something clever.

You know what’s not fun, Facebook? Having to change my privacy settings to keep things private from my family and coworkers. When we met, you were a fun way for me to keep up with my FRIENDS, not every Joe Blow who bumped into me on the street, not everybody I work with, attend church with, or see in the grocery store. You were fun. You were cool. But your insatiable need to grow and expand has left me feeling cold and alone and neglected. I miss the old you.

I know we said it was forever, but people change. I think we got too serious, too fast. I want something a little less stressful and cluttered, which is why I’ve been Twittering a lot lately. I’m sorry if that hurts you, Facebook, but it’s the truth. I just feel like Twitter understands me better than you do, even though you and I have history.

No matter what, I do want you to be happy. I would say that we can still be friends, but I’ve already deleted you.

April 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

New Facebook–Epic Fail

In amelie’s words, the new Facebook makes the baby Jesus cry.

It’s awful.  It’s the most un-user friendly website I’ve seen in I don’t know how long.  Whoever designed it should be publicly humiliated in front of the Washington Monument.  Or something.

I used to be pretty addicted to Facebook.  Now?  Since they changed me over to the new, crappy, hard to navigate “new” Facebook, I’ve avoided it like the plague.

How the hell am I supposed to keep up with everyone if I can’t even find their information?  I liked having all of my info on one page.  What’s the point of having Flair if no one is even going to get to SEE my flair?  Because I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m not wasting my time clicking on an “Applications” tab.  It’s not worth the effort and not worth the time.  And they’ve stretched the pages so they don’t fit on my screen anymore.  I think this is going to make them lose advertising, (and I hope it does, because new Facebook SUCKS!) because now the ads are on the right side of the page, and I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m not going to bother scrolling over to the right side of the page just to look at some ad.  Nope.  Sorry.  Not happening.

And the Photos page–they completely eliminated the point of having photo albums.  Because now it’s just a big old jumbled mess.

I really don’t get their logic.  The guy who designed new Facebook must have a brain that works completely different than everyone else’s, because if he SERIOUSLY thought that it was easier to navigate and more user friendly, he’s got to be mildly nuts.  Or on some serious drugs.  Or something.

So amelie and I have a plan.  Admittedly, it probably won’t work, but it at least makes me feel better.  (It doesn’t make amelie feel better.  She’s still pissed.)  Until they somehow improve the site, or until they admit that they came up with a REALLY bad idea and take it back to the old design, we’re going to send them daily negative feedback.  They might not read it, but it’s about the ONLY thing I’ll be doing on Facebook until they improve it somehow, because every time I log on now, I cringe, look at the home page, and immediately log off again.

So, Facebook team–new Facebook sucks.  It’s an epic fail.  Admit it and take it back to the old format!  Pretty please, with a game of Scrabulous on top?

September 17, 2008 at 11:00 am 2 comments

Take that, Scrabble!

As mentioned before, amelie and I are kind of addicted to playing Scrabulous on Facebook. And while we have no problem with the original Scrabble getting in on the Facebook action, we do have a problem with them taking away Scrabulous and replacing it with a Beta Scrabble that doesn’t even work!!! It’s just not a good way to make a first impression.

So we decided to boycott Scrabble. And now, we’re going with Wordscraper . Try it. It’s a suitable Scrabulous replacement. It’s pretty much the same thing, except with circles instead of squares. That, and their point system is a bit… wonky. For example. I spelled the word “HO” and got 36 points (amelie: We started this particular game with “porno” and “movie” Just in case you were wondering…). What?! How?! That, and it tells you that your word is worth 10 points, but then when you play the word, it says you got 14 points. That’s okay, though. It’s better than nothing. (amelie: I think you mean, “It’s better than Scrabble.” Just guessing.)

So screw Scrabble. Go with Wordscraper!!! (amelie: wheee! I’m back to my normal levels of non-productivity at work! It’s faaabulous!)

August 1, 2008 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

RIP, Scrabulous

kegger and I have an addiction. It’s sad, and there’s no cure for it, but we are addicted to Scrabulous. We have played…well, I can’t tell you how many games we have played. (kegger: I believe it was 23 games, amelie (really? Wow.). Which may not sound all that impressive, but it is since we’re doing it while we work! (That’s what she said.) (hee!) Sometimes a game takes a week, simply because we’re actually working like we’re supposed to.) Literally, I cannot tell you because the Scrabulous application on Facebook is gone. In its place we now have the beta version of Scrabble. We are not amused. (kegger: beta Scrabble SUCKS!!!)

There is nothing wrong with Scrabble wanting a piece of the Facebook action. If Scrabulous was infringing on Hasbro’s copyright or whatever, fine. I’m just reeling from a massive case of the DTs coupled with rampaging frustration at this beta version and I need to vent.

(kegger: my thought is, why didn’t the just like, take over the scrabulous application, or partner up with them, or have them pay them a little bit of money or something? Because seriously, the beta version of Scrabble is NOTHING compared to the awesomeness that was Scrabulous. And the least they could have done for us was to get their own crappy program working correctly before taking away our Scrabulous.)

My problem is with the game itself. The old version–Scrabulous–wasn’t particularly pretty, but it was easy to use and functional. (kegger: It was much prettier than the ugly 80’s version that beta Scrabble’s got going on.) It did all the stuff I wanted it to: keying in of words with the keyboard, refresh button, a chat function (just ’cause), quick load time. It was simple–no fancy footwork or distracting animation to take my mind off the fact that kegger just spelled “vulva” (kegger: HAHAHAHAHA! I’m proud of that one.) and I had all the letters for “penis.” –True story. I had the letters but not the spot, so sadly, “penis” never made it on the board.

Scrabble, in its beta form, is none of these things. I’m not a patient person (I’m the girl who will drive five minutes out of the way just so I don’t have to wait two minutes in traffic), so twiddling my thumbs while all this crazy useless animation loads is a deal breaker. Having to refresh the page to see if kegger has taken her turn means I have to sit through all that crazy useless animation all over again, and then I have a panic attack that it won’t load at all. (kegger: and the animation isn’t evey pretty. It’s boring and pointless and stupid.)

Look, we aren’t knocking the developers. It’s a tough position to be in, losing a beloved application and forcing this new and not-quite-ready-for-primetime replacement on the Facebook world. It’s a nice effort, but the kinks aren’t worth the payoff yet.

If kegger’s up to it, I’m willing to give it a try and hope that, when the non-beta version rolls out in August, it will be all that and a bag of chips. But right now, I’m in mourning, and Facebook Scrabble is going to be my scapegoat. (kegger: Um, August is just four days away. Are they going to have it ready by then?)

UPDATE–I just received this message when I tried to load the game:

We’re working on some tech problems and Scrabble will be ready to play as soon as possible!

We appreciate all the great feedback we’ve received over the past week and as a result we’re making changes to Scrabble for its official launch in mid-August, including a streamlined app with the option to turn-off animations for faster gameplay and full keyboard functionality for those who prefer this way to play.

Please continue to let us know how we can make Scrabble – the best word game on Facebook – even better!

– The Scrabble Team

Which is great, but what the hell am I supposed to do in the meantime? Work?

July 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm 3 comments

Facebook is going to get me fired

I’ve got at least six Scrabulous games going (including a few inactive games). I’m constantly trying to find the perfect quote for my status. I have a continuous wall quote-off with several friends. (Different shows for different friends, of course. I’ve gone through all three-and-a-half seasons of The Office, the first four seasons of The West Wing, a few key episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and even some My So-Called Life. Quoting shows makes for awesomely hilarious and random wall posts. Especially when some people put things about certain other people being on probation. For the record, I’m not now, nor have I ever been put on probation for peeing on a church.)

Now Facebook has added a chat feature, and kegger and I have been chatting all day.

It’s not like we don’t email constantly or share a blog or anything. You would think we hadn’t talked to each other in months. But the sad thing is, we’ve been emailing while we’ve been chatting.

I can’t get any work done. I’ve got a newsletter to print, a bulletin to put together, a ton of other stuff to do, but all I’m doing is goofing off on Facebook.

I’m so going to get fired.

April 23, 2008 at 12:34 pm 5 comments

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