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(Slate)   Amidst all the uproar over Facebook's new "couples pages" comes the little factoid that all they are is an extension of the automatic "friends pages" you probably didn't know about. Which has been around since 2010   (slate.com) divider line 20
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3121 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Nov 2012 at 9:04 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-16 09:06:23 AM
I just wish the exfoliate app still worked. Then I could clean it all out automatically.

My wife and I's couples page is wrong. Dates aren't right. Meh
 
2012-11-16 09:07:27 AM
-oid
a suffix meaning "resembling," "like," used in the formation of adjectives and nouns (and often implying an incomplete or imperfect resemblance to what is indicated by the preceding element): alkaloid; anthropoid; cardioid; cuboid; lithoid; ovoid; planetoid.

Thus "factoid" is like a fact, but isn't really a fact.
 
2012-11-16 09:13:05 AM
....what uproar?
 
2012-11-16 09:31:34 AM
I knew about them and feel it's pretty farking intrusive.
 
2012-11-16 09:43:25 AM
The one for me and Mrs. V doesn't look anything like the one in the story.

I would put up a "cover page" and pick a sappy "profile picture" for ours just to irritate my friends.

\Facebook is for trolling your "friends."
 
kab
2012-11-16 09:55:24 AM
'What the backlash really demonstrates is how many people use Facebook without knowing what they're signing up for.'

I think the overall issue many folks have is a) that you cannot opt out of having this particular feature, as described elsewhere in the article, and b) how most privacy functions on Facebook are set to 'lookit meeeeee' unless you delve through multiple options to say otherwise.

The app is terrible, and gets continually worse. However, there doesn't seem to be any good alternative out there aside from ignoring it completely.

Teufelaffe:
Thus "factoid" is like a fact, but isn't really a fact.


Welcome to what passes for modern English, I suppose.
 
2012-11-16 10:00:02 AM

kab: Welcome to what passes for modern English, I suppose.


Hmm.

Hmm.

Hmm.

Hmm hmm hmm hmm.
 
2012-11-16 10:06:12 AM

asquian: ....what uproar?


Haha, exactly what I was thinking
 
2012-11-16 10:31:18 AM
Solution: stop giving Facebook information about yourself you morons.
 
2012-11-16 10:43:56 AM

RockChalkH1N1: asquian: ....what uproar?

Haha, exactly what I was thinking


Didn't know it existed. Just tried it facebook.com/us and apparently my wife and I only have one picture and one post in two years in common and only one shared "like". Maybe I should pay more attention.
 
2012-11-16 10:56:50 AM

HotWingConspiracy: I knew about them and feel it's pretty farking intrusive.


It's only an automated combination of information you already gave to them. It would only be intrusive if Facebook was finding information about you from elsewhere on the web (ie. Fark) and posting it.
 
2012-11-16 11:20:47 AM

rmatthewware: HotWingConspiracy: I knew about them and feel it's pretty farking intrusive.

It's only an automated combination of information you already gave to them. It would only be intrusive if Facebook was finding information about you from elsewhere on the web (ie. Fark) and posting it.


And Facebook doesn't do that. Yet.
 
2012-11-16 11:24:20 AM
My wife refuses to join Facebook.
 
Sometimes I think she has the right idea.
 
2012-11-16 11:30:05 AM

rmatthewware: HotWingConspiracy: I knew about them and feel it's pretty farking intrusive.

It's only an automated combination of information you already gave to them. It would only be intrusive if Facebook was finding information about you from elsewhere on the web (ie. Fark) and posting it.


It was setting up pages for people that didn't necessarily want pages. Not ok.
 
2012-11-16 12:10:47 PM
Does this mean I can now declare myself in a relationship with anybody and everybody on facebook and the whole world will know of our undying love for one another?
 
2012-11-16 12:18:17 PM
The more I hear about facebook, the more I vow to never have one.
 
2012-11-16 01:18:36 PM

dready zim: The more I hear about facebook, the more I vow to never have one.


I think the worst thing about facebook on Fark, is the fact that nobody cares, and laughs derisively at anyone who has one, like me. I had a facebook year 1. Facebook was a college networking site. It's as much facebook then as Fark is to 4chan (i.e. totally different). Hell, it was about as useful as a dating site profile. If drew suddenly went evil and turned Fark into facebook, I would love to see the nuclear bomb as you can no longer opt to have ANYTHING you said removed.
 
2012-11-16 04:30:38 PM

dready zim: The more I hear about facebook, the more I vow to never have one.


So much this.
 
2012-11-16 10:19:56 PM
Says Emma Barnett of the Telegraph, "[I do not] wish to have a shared 'couples' Facebook profile with my other half on which you automatically curate our relationship."

Since when did "curate" become the new hipster verb?
 
2012-11-17 03:26:01 PM
Facebook is for people who think they like people more than they like the internet but who don't want to go socialize with actual people. The internet is not a place for you to put your personal information except when you absolutely have to. Most people understand this instinctively; it's not purely coincidental that few Farkers use their names as usernames.

The worst thing about Facebook is that it's not even a good version of Facebook. It would have been replaced by something new about ten years ago except for all the uncritical consumers who compulsively lavish it with free valuable personal data.

Still, it's unsuprising that most people are part of the problem.
 
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