These are the things I've written that are tagged "facebook"

Facebook Weirdness

Today I made a series of seemingly innocuous, though slightly filthy, joke tweets based on a vaginal rejuvenation cream being sold in India. The Facebook thread (I have Twitter set to auto-post to Facebook) for the third tweet now has over 118,000 comments and 5,500 likes, and the comment threat is INSANE. This appears to […]

Kickstarter’s Spam Problem

Garrett Murray on a troubling trend in Kickstarter projects: At least once a week I receive an unsolicited request to fund a project. These messages are rarely offensive in and of themselves–they’re usually just information about the project and a paragraph or two of generic “please help us out” text–but they’re still spam. They’re usually […]

Twitter Implements Do Not Track Privacy Option

Another big privacy / security win for Twitter. They’re using a new feature in Firefox called, appropriately, “Do Not Track“: Do Not Track is a step toward putting you in control of the way your information is collected and used online. Do Not Track is a feature in Firefox that allows you to let a […]

The Pitfalls of Facebook’s “Social Authentication”

Dan Wineman shoves a hot poker up the ass of Facebook’s “social authentication”: Captchas don’t verify identity. “Social authentication” challenges based on public information — especially information that the service itself provides, for free, to anyone who asks — don’t do that either. The problem with “social authentication” is that second word, there. Facebook’s calling […]

A Comparative Analysis Of The Differing Approaches Twitter and Facebook Take To “Share” Buttons And What It Might Say, Philosophically Speaking, About Each As A Company

Visually, the “Share” and “Tweet” buttons are very similar, and are structured identically. On the code-side, however, they are very much the product of two different companies with, I would argue, different outlooks on the web as a whole and HTML specifically. Facebook’s “Share” Button <a name=”fb_share” type=”button_count” share_url=”someurl” href=”http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php”>Share</a><script src=”http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share” type=”text/javascript”></script> There is no […]

Facebook’s Descent Into Unknowing Parody

Their deactivation page is emotional blackmail at its most absurd: The National Lampoon was way ahead of Facebook in this department, as evidenced by this January 1973 issue of the magazine: The Lampoon was joking, of course. Facebook not so much.

“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”

Soren Johnson’s summary of Social Gaming / Facebook’s presence at SXSW, what it’s doing to the industry, and what it might do to the future of games. Potentially very bad for everyone. My favorite quote is this, which I think sums up my real problem with [those fucks] Zynga: So many of the methods for […]

Facebook Launches XMPP Support for Facebook Chat

Meaning you can add it to your dedicated chat client of choice. The official site has instructions for Pidgin, Adium, iChat, and the ever-popular “Other.” I think my friend Shawn Medero has the right attitude, “we’ll see how much I hate this.”

HipHop for PHP

What appears to be a PHP/C++ cross-compiler. This could be some serious mojo for PHP. That name is awful, though.

Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

Financial terms not disclosed, as usual. The acquisition makes sense as Facebook has basically spent the last 6 months trying to emulate FriendFeed and Twitter.

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