Link: Facebook Exodus

Maybe it’s me, but I suspect that 2010 is the year when Facebook starts hollowing out.

The exodus is not evident from the site’s overall numbers. According to comScore, Facebook attracted 87.7 million unique visitors in the United States in July. But while people are still joining Facebook and compulsively visiting the site, a small but noticeable group are fleeing — some of them ostentatiously.

…Julie Klam, a writer and prolific and eloquent Facebook updater, said in her own e-mail message, “I have noticed the exodus, and I kind of feel like it’s kids getting tired of a new toy.” Klam, who still posts updates to Facebook but now prefers Twitter for professional networking, added, “Facebook is good for finding people, but by now the novelty of that has worn off, and everyone’s been found.” As of a few months ago, she told me, Facebook “felt dead.”

I’ll admit guilt on the ostentatious part.

Link: Mark Zuckerberg Will Personally Hack Your Facebook Account

I don’t know about Gawker’s headline, but this article goes through some old chat logs to show that Zuck might be a sleaze ball.

On developing ConnectU, a similar project, alongside Facebook:

Mark and this friend also had the following IM exchange about how Mark planned to resolve the competing projects:

Friend: So have you decided what you’re going to do about the websites?

Zuck: Yeah, I’m going to fuck them

Zuck: Probably in the year

Zuck: *ear

It’s no secret that some of the most admired companies and CEOs were created out of building on existing ideas. Ideas aren’t worth much if you can’t make them into something.

But what’s more striking about this is that the same person who’s asking you for as much data as you can provide also has this history of douchebagery.

It’s no wonder that the same people who claim that information wants to be free, specifically your information, also stand to profit from it.

Link: Why I’m Dropping Google

Google knows more about you than the NSA, and has recently shown that it doesn’t give a hoot about your privacy. The company has gotten too big, and has turned into just another corporation trying to maximize its assets—and those assets are you. Who’s to say Google won’t progressively loosen its privacy controls and monetize more and more personal information?

I think that if you’re going to drop Google for these reasons you should delete your Facebook account while you’re at it. Facebook has the potential to be far more damaging, I think.

If we’re going to come to terms that privacy is dead let’s also realize that any company that accepts personal information and runs ads against it could one day loosen privacy controls. That’s exactly what’s going on at Facebook, where the defaults are now to share everything with everybody.

I think it’s likely that in the next few years Facebook will abandon the whole concept of friends and adopt a more Twitter-like system. Facebook has more to gain by making almost everything public. Of course, they don’t call it that – they call it becoming more open and will try to keep people from posting things they should keep to themselves.

At least Google gives you a word processor. Facebook knows who you know, knows your favorite media, knows what sites you like to link to, and if they start a payment platform they’ll have your credit card and bank account details too.

They also have games – the only one I’ve played is “How Many Apps Can You Ignore?” It’s a long title and the game isn’t even that fun.

Facebook Hiatus

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I don’t think Facebook sucks, although Toxic Culture thinks it does:

My beef with Facebook isn’t really that the site is run by content-stealing jerks…And has nothing to do with this or the fact that it is probably some DARPA project. And I don’t mind that it encourages narcissism. And this is not about the hyper-annoying and now-hopefully-finished “25 things about me” meme. It’s more that getting regular updates about my “friends” is really just a daily reminder of either a) the lameness of the lives of my “friends” or b) my elitism and alienation because I render those judgments.

I’m beginning to see that I’m not getting as much out of Facebook as I’m putting in, so I’ve started weening myself off of Facebook. It’s only been a few days, but rather than check in a few times a day I’m going to start checking in maybe once a month or so.

Maybe it was the recent redesign that just revealed how low the signal/noise ratio was, and that making Facebook what I wanted it to be required a lot of maintenance. The craving for validation through notifications didn’t help either. A bigger part of this is also going on a media diet and saving time for creating things, rather than constantly consuming them.

I got myself into a “Check Facebook, Get Dopamine” feedback loop. So I’m letting go, or at least loosening my grip on it.

I’ll still post to my Facebook wall by proxy. Some of the other things I use (Last.fm, Flickr, Goodreads, Youtube) feed right back into it. That just means I’m not an active user.

So I built Facebookhiatus.com and made it the last thing I’ll actively post to my wall for a bit. You can do the same if you’d like. I made the page generic enough to work for anyone who feels the same way I do. You can even use this share button:

Share Facebookhiatus.com

Why Wouldn’t You Pay For Facebook?

I don’t think Facebook would ever charge, at least in the immediate future. They have plenty of investment capital, they’re bringing in money with advertising. The business model (is there a business model?) relies on getting as many people in to view advertisements. Charging for FB would reduce that number. There’s no reason for them to charge their users. None of their competitors charge users.

Yet, many of those users appear to be frightened of getting charged like it’s an inevitability.

But let’s say FB charged $15 a year for its services. Would that really be so bad? I think that’s reasonable – works out to under $2 a month.

Think of all the things one can use Facebook for:

  • Writing blog posts and sharing links
  • Upload and view photos from all your friends
  • Keep up with all your friends and maybe make some new ones
  • Plan your summer barbecue, birthday parties, or other social gatherings with Events
  • Share similar interests with other like-minded people with Groups

On top of that, maybe a paid account gives you privileges like priority for requests and removes all site advertising. Isn’t that worth the money?

Apparently, no. FB isn’t as valuable as a CD. Or a book. Or a magazine subscription. Or a DVD you may only watch once. Or two tickets to the movies (before snacks). Not to some people.

Which is odd, I think, for the most popular destination on the internet. People visit this site every day. It’s become a part of their world. Yet, charge $2 a month for this service that’s clearly improved the lives of some people and it’s over.

When did we get so stingy? I’m not sure it’s that, because we are willing to pay for some things that cost as much or more, whether they’re needs or wants:

  • Gasoline
  • Coffee everyday on your way to work
  • $70 monthly cellphone plan with unlimited minutes (which you’d never use, because you’re on Facebook with it anyway)
  • Drinks with friends
  • Satellite TV

There’s a disconnect here. I think sometime in the past 15 years most of us learned that tangible goods are worth more than digital ones, or that tangible goods are the only ones worth paying for.

Facebook, use the Twitter API, please

Yesterday I wrote about how Facebook software could be so much better. The ultimate solution, I think, is that Facebook should do what Tumblr and WordPress have done and implement the Twitter API. That way we can use the Twitter applications we already love for Facebook statuses.

While statuses come in looking like tweets, there are also four actions that work similarly to Twitter. Here’s how I see them working:

Favoriting = Liking

Fav a message that comes in via Facebook’s use of the Twitter API and it appears as a like.

Replying = Commenting

The reply would not appear as a status update. Rather, it belongs to the replied message as a comment. All replies appear in that message’s comment thread.

Retweeting = Sharing

Although, the idea of retweeting isn’t really in the Facebook culture, so I could understand if this wasn’t implemented at all. You can’t really share statuses, but maybe you can share links this way with attribution.

“@name” = Friend tagging or Post on a Facebook Wall

This works two ways depending on where the “@name” appears. Put it at the beginning of the message and it shows up as post on that person’s Facebook wall. Put it in the middle and it behaves like friend tagging.


Do you agree that Facebook should implement the Twitter (or Twitter-like) API? If so, let them know. Submit the idea on their suggestions page.

Maybe it’s a long shot, but it can’t hurt.

More reading

If Facebook were to implement the Twitter API that would be it. We’d have another FTP or HTTP or RSS

About Facebook Mac Software, Socialite, and What It Could Be

The State of Facebook Software on the Mac

For as long as there’s been desktop applications for Twitter I’ve wanted the same for Facebook.

To be clear, I do not want the entire Facebook site in a floating rectangle on my desktop. I’ve got my friends links as a feed in Google Reader. Same with their Notes. Same with my Facebook notifications. I’d do the same with photos if I could. My Facebook events feed right into Google Calendar and iCal. Chances are that if something happens on Facebook I’ll know about it.

What’s more important, and necessary for a desktop app, is to let me see what’s going on right now and participate in it. Quickly.

For me, an excellent Facebook desktop app would be invoked by a key command, let me see Facebook statuses, comment and like them, and get back out of my way. This is what a lot of Twitter desktop apps are best at.

But despite many more users on Facebook, and almost a year since launching APIs for Facebook status the Facebook software landscape for Mac is a frozen landscape. Around that time many expected a flood of great software for these kinds of tasks. It never came, at least on the Mac. Instead, we got a bunch of crappy Adobe AIR clients.

I think many Mac devs, particularly those who are on Twitter (which is a lot of them), think Twitter is a much better site than Facebook. The community is better. The messages smarter…at least among the people they follow.

In short, they’re snobs about it.

They love Twitter, but Facebook? Gross! Nobody on Facebook says anything interesting. Why would you want instant access to that? Seriously, have you seen the shit they do? They take quizzes all day! They play Farmville. They join groups about how they’d leave Facebook if it started to charge. Facebook users wouldn’t pay for this kind of software, so why should we develop it?

Which may be true. But I think there is a segment of people that have both accounts and just want what they have with apps like Tweetie to work with Facebook, which is where the people they know IRL are.

And while Tweetie has set the bar really really high, there have been some attempts at this kind of software. For example, Socialite.

Socialite

Socialite’s tag line is “All your social networks in one application.” That’s pretty accurate. It supports Twitter, Digg, Flickr, Google Reader, and Facebook.

But when I use apps like this I want only three things:

  1. To get in
  2. To take action (read stuff, reply, favorite)
  3. To get out

When I use a Twitter desktop app it’s usually because something is loading in the background (like Photoshop) and I have an idle moment to read updates. In my opinion, anything bigger than a bite-sized update doesn’t belong in a desktop app like this because there’s way too much risk that I’d end up dicking around on the internet after the idle moment has long passed.

Okay, so don’t configure Socialite for anything other than Twitter and Facebook updates and you’re there. Fine – but who decided to put all this other stuff in there?

Anyway, let’s break this process down.

Getting in

Socialite has a keyboard shortcut for getting in, just like Tweetie.

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So it’s simple to get in. Just hit the keyboard shortcut. I use the HUD because I find the full Socialite window too busy for what I want to do.

Taking action

Alright, we’re in. Let’s see what’s going on.

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Hah – “Remember Google Wave?” I can get behind that. Let’s favorite it. In Tweetie I’d hit F and it would favorite a tweet. Let’s do the same in Socialite. My command for that is Alt-Command-F because for some reason I can’t just use F.

Hmm – did it work? I hit the keys. The star didn’t change, so I guess not. Is it because I’m using Dvorak? Even using the menu item doesn’t seem to work. Guess I’ll have to click that star. Ok – one snag that could get fixed in a future update.

How about Facebook statuses? Well, Facebook doesn’t let you favorite a message. You like a message on Facebook. The idea is the same, so you might as well use the same keyboard shortcut for both, right?

Except it’s grayed out.

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Let’s try replying to a tweet. Hmm – there is no keyboard shortcut for that. Got to hit that icon reply icon…there sure are a lot of icons here. Why not just have keyboard shortcuts for common actions?

Can’t comment on Facebook updates from here either. I have to go to the Facebook site to do that. Socialite lets me get to the update in my browser with a shortcut. Kind of defeats the purpose of why I’m using Socialite.

It’s pretty simple to send an update using Quick Send.

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This window should look pretty familiar to Tweetie users. You can even see something similar in the experimental Facebook Notifications app. But I want to post to Facebook. I wish there were a shortcut to switch accounts, or maybe one shortcut for Twitter and another for Facebook. Back to the mouse again.

Getting out

Getting out in Tweetie is pretty simple; you just hit the same shortcut you used to get in. You can do that in Socialite, but it just hides the window, not the whole application.

Adium does the same thing. It’s a minor annoyance, but still an annoyance. The behavior in Tweetie is better. It’s as if Tweetie hides itself.

First Impressions

I should give Socialite a few more days, but I don’t think it’s quite what I’m looking for.

  • Socialite is weak on keyboard shortcuts, if they work at all
  • Can’t do the same things to Facebook statuses as I can do to tweets in Tweetie.

Perhaps it’s unfair to compare Socialite to Tweetie, but after using Tweetie for a while I see how seldom I take my hands off the keyboard to use it. Seems like you have to click a lot of icons to do things in Socialite.

Socialite does have some things over Tweetie. It gathers all the unread Twitter and Facebook items under one container, although you might wonder why you’d bother showing that when you can just have the latest items in all your streams in the container…like Tweetie does. There’s also the Instapaper support, which Tweetie for Mac doesn’t have, although I suspect is coming in version 2 which is supposedly dropping any second now.

Socialite does have a more current implementation of Twitter with native retweet support, but again – that’s coming in Tweetie 2.

And this is ultimately the trouble I have when using Socialite. I just cannot use it without thinking of Tweetie.

The things that Socialite does makes me appreciate more and more of the things Tweetie doesn’t do. Tweetie does more with less. Tweetie doesn’t have an unread items view, instead opting to show you the latest items. Socialite has a keyboard shortcut for marking all items as read – Tweetie doesn’t, because it’s unnecessary (EDIT: Turns out it does, but I never use it). Socialite does all these other things like Google Reader and Digg, but I wish they hadn’t done that if it meant a more polished experience like Tweetie.

If I’m going to use Socialite and constantly be thinking of Tweetie while using it, why not just use Tweetie?

Well, because Tweetie doesn’t have Facebook support.

Options

Despite all this, Socialite is still far ahead of the Adobe AIR apps that saturate the Facebook software space. So if you’re on a Mac and Facebook is that important to you then Socialite is the way to go.

But Socialite is hard to swallow if you’re used to Tweetie.

You could just dedicate Socialite to Facebook and use Tweetie for Twitter. That feels a bit dirty to me, like duplicated effort to do the same thing. In that case you could continue to use Tweetie as you do now, but use other ways to get your Facebook fix without having to actually go to Facebook.com.

Reading Facebook Friends’ Status

For following Facebook status, you can follow the steps here to get your friends’ statuses as a feed and put that into your feed reader like Mail.app, Google Reader, or NetNewsWire.

Updating your Status

Adium’s Facebook implementation lets you update your Facebook status. Assign a keyboard shortcut to it and, while not global, let’s you update your status pretty quickly.

Potential

Neither of those are great solutions, so I’m still hopeful that future versions of Socialite will get closer to what I’m looking for. But what I’m beginning to think is that Socialite’s focus is so broad that it will never be what I want from a Facebook/Twitter desktop application.

Truth is that Tweetie is just so well thought out that I’m not sure I want to use anything else. Since the actions I’d take on Facebook statuses are identical to the ones I’d take on Twitter’s tweets, why should I have to?

Tumblr thinks a lot of their users are like this, so they made an excellent way to fix this – just use a Twitter-like API:

The really cool thing – because our following models follow a lot of the same principles, we’ve been able to take advantage of a ton of native features:

  • Retweeting = Reblogging
  • Replying = Reblogging w/ commentary
  • Favoriting = Liking
  • “@david” = ”http://david.tumblr.com/”
  • Conversations = Reblogs

Facebook could implement a similar API, using it like this:

  • Retweeting = Sharing
  • Replying = Commenting
  • Favoriting = Liking
  • “@name” = Friend tagging

But I think that is unlikely. And you’d still need Tweetie and other desktop clients to support it.

Maybe that will happen, but who knows? I mean, c’mon – we’re talking about Facebook users here…

Pay At The Pump and Photo Sharing

For the longest time the Mobil station and Stewart’s gas pumps in my town didn’t have pay-at-the-pump options. Neither of them had it, so there was no real competitive incentive for one to spend the money on them until the other did.

About a year or two ago the Mobil station installed pay-at-the-pump. Now both of these gas stations have it.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Flickr is the best site for photo sharing. Flickr lets you browse photos at full screen. You can see all kinds of details on a photo page (EXIF data like ISO speed, whether a picture was taken with flash, what model camera took it, and so on).

Photography is the centerpiece on Flickr.

Then Facebook and Picasa came along.

Facebook wins the photo-sharing contest for most people, because for most people photography is a component of their social world. On Flickr, photography is art. On Facebook photography is more like “LOL. Look how trashed you were at the company party!”

Plus it doesn’t hurt that Facebook doesn’t discourage photo uploads. Flickr’s free accounts were limited to three photosets (their word for photo albums) until March 2009. The free accounts only display your last 200 photos and let you upload 100 megs a month. Want more than that? You’ll need to get a pro account for $24.95 a year.

Despite Flickr being the site for photographers it still lags a bit on basic things. Like navigation. When browsing on Facebook you can hit the left and right arrow keys to go through photos. Can’t do that on Flickr unless you’re in slideshow mode…which I rarely use. As one Flickr user puts it, why not add it regular pages anyway?

Maybe they will. If other photo sites hadn’t come along (like Picasa, Facebook, and even Zooomr) then Flickr probably wouldn’t have lifted the limits on photosets. Think Flickr ever had plans for users to tag people in photos? They didn’t add it until October this year.

All because you could pay at the other guy’s pump.


Photo by Flickr user brutal and used under a Creative Commons License.

Facebook apps are a cesspool of advertising

Earlier this week, Last.fm did some cleaning up around their server rooms. It looks like they’re preparing for their upcoming growth with Xbox 360 integration. They also added some more methods to their APIs. They also decided to close down their Facebook apps.

The reasoning is simple enough; they don’t want to work on apps that might be redundant anyway. They have a whole user community that can do that for them.

Since I’m the kind of narcissist that enjoys letting people know what I’m listening to all the time I began my search for a new last.fm Facebook app. I landed on Last.fm Profile.

Last.fm Profile works well enough. Some things it does even better than Last.fm’s own Facebook apps. But the installation is ripe with problems, and it’s all about ads.

Look at this screenshot:

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The top three links lead you to your profile, options for the app, and Destroy Your Friends – which seems like a link for the Spymaster app advertised below it. Only after all this stuff do you get to the actual meat of why you’re even on this page.

Same thing happens in this screen where you’re setting up the Last.fm Profile Box so that this information is available on your profile as a tab.

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The problem with many Facebook apps are the ads. It’s not that they’re there, it’s that they’re placed at the expense of holding a users hand during the app setup. Inline ads, like the Destroy Your Friends link, are clearly not meant to promote a product or help users. They’re meant to trick users into clicking on something they don’t even want.

This doesn’t help the user. It doesn’t help the advertiser. It only helps the publisher.

I don’t recall Last.fm’s official apps ever having this problem. They make their money on their own site, and they don’t do it through inline ads. Sure, they do the freemium thing, but free accounts have ads placed outside the content they’re looking at.

It seems that most Facebook app developers don’t have a method to generate income – so they compromise their apps this way.

That’s discouraging – why should an app that’s meant to share your Xbox 360 Gamercard with your friends announce that you may have a secret admirer?

App devs – I’m not sure of the best way to make money with your apps. You work hard on them, you have to host and maintain them. It costs time and money to provide these apps. If they’re good and people get enjoyment out of them you should be compensated in some way (monetarily or not).

But the best way to mess all this up is to make your app at the expense of the experience you provide your users. As soon as something better and more respectful of the experience comes along they’re gone.

Let’s Have Lunch!

Here’s a Facebook app that should get made.

You’ve got hundreds or maybe even thousands of people in your friends list. A few of them might be friends you haven’t seen in a while. Why not have lunch with them and catch up?

You and your buddies use the app “Let’s Have Lunch” to opt-in to a rotating, weekly schedule of lunch dates. You can even make sure that some people, for example – the people in your “Skeeve me out and ignore” friends list, never get you as a lunch date.

But, for those that do get you as a lunch date you get to pick a restaurant when the rotation comes along and be actual buddies again.

You could also carry that idea to other things.

  • Let’s go to Six Flags
  • Let’s rob a bank
  • Let’s do community service
  • Let’s get a drink
  • Let’s stop complaining about the new Live Feed / News Feed thing that I don’t understand and pretending that we’ll leave Facebook over it because I have no intention of learning it because I’d rather complain

What a great idea!&*^

Facebook Power User Tip: The Core

I’m about to let you in on something I may have used to ignore you.

One of the things that can get annoying with Facebook is the amount of data overload that comes in from the News Feed. Most of that bloat may come from people you don’t have strong relationships with. You value the connection, and you’re friendly with each other, but it’s not like they’ll be the first you call when your first child is born.

If somebody’s updates or app spam gets out of hand you can hide them, but if this happens a lot you’re basically playing whack-a-mole all the time. Instead, what if you could invert this? What if instead of choosing who to hide you choose who you pay attention to; basically just people you see everyday and with whom you have close connections?

I call this group The Core – basically the center of your social life, your Real-Life™ social life.

How do you get quick access to the core? Create a new friends list. Go to Facebook’s friends page to do so.

Now you’re going to go through all your friends page by page. Who belongs in your core? Add these people to your new friends list.

Creating a friends list is easy enough, but the real trick is making this the default view. On the Facebook home page hit this More button to reveal all the filters you have:

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With the full list expanded you can now drag and drop the filters any way you want. By default News Feed is the top item, but it doesn’t have to be. Drag your new friends list up top.

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Now every time you go to Facebook’s home page you’ll get The Core first. Everything else is still available if you want it, and you’ll continue to use it. But now you’re less likely to miss the things that happen in your immediate social circle.

In The Boardroom: The Formation of the Facebook Notes Application

INT – Facebook offices circa 2007. The engineering team is in the middle of their bi-weekly meeting to discuss new features

Zuckerberg: Uhh – Alright guys. What do you have for me?

Engineer 1: Well, we were thinking about blogs. A lot of people have blogs, but for some people setting up a blog is too complicated.

Engineer 2: Hell, for some people turning on their LAPTOP is too complicated! Right fellas!?

Engineer 1: …

Zuckerberg: So where are we going with this?

Engineer 1: What if each Facebook profile had a blog, but we didn’t call it a blog – we called it Notes?

Zuckerberg: Notes, huh?

Engineer 2: Right – like you could write a note about a topic. Just like on a blog.

Engineer 3: Or you could use it like passing notes, like you did in school?

Engineer 1 and 2: NO! Not like that at all!

Zuckerberg: No wait – wait. What do you mean?

Engineer 1: We discussed this – this is a dumb idea.

Engineer 3: Well, what if you could tag people in a note, and then you write your note like you’re a 2nd grader and ask people important questions like what music they’re currently listening to, or what’s the first thing they ate today.

Engineer 2: Roger, I fuckin’, I can’t believe you’re still on this bullshit.

Engineer 1: Zuck, don’t worry about this. It’s stupid.

Zuckerberg: No – I see it’s usefulness. You can tag people in photos and in notes. That could be good if the note mentions somebody on Facebook.

Engineer 3: Well, sure. But it wouldn’t be used like that at all. Like I said, it would be for passing notes.

Engineer 1: Don’t you see how this would just be bastardized into some 21st century chain letter?

Engineer 2: Nobody would actually write anything. There would just be quizzes and stuff.

Zuckerberg: Sure, whatever. I like my idea better. Guys, I want you working on this immediately. Good stuff.

Zuckerberg leaves

Engineer 3: I think that went well, don’t you?

Facebook Isn’t The Problem – Your Friends Are

This article in the Wall Street Journal titled How Facebook Can Ruin Your Friendships speaks a little bit about the monotony of tweets and status updates.

All this online social networking was supposed to make us closer. And in some ways it has. Thanks to the Internet, many of us have gotten back in touch with friends from high school and college, shared old and new photos, and become better acquainted with some people we might never have grown close to offline…

This brings us to our first dilemma: Amidst all this heightened chatter, we’re not saying much that’s interesting, folks. Rather, we’re breaking a cardinal rule of companionship: Thou Shalt Not Bore Thy Friends.

Is it really that unusual for someone to tell you what they had for breakfast? Sure, people post about their cat, their newborn son, what they had for breakfast, and any other topics that sound uninteresting. But it’s not like they never talked about this stuff before Facebook and Twitter came along. They’ve been telling us about how they burned their Ego waffles the whole time.

So why is it that we’re surprised when they bring that online?

Facebook is not the problem. The problem is that that you and your friends have been thoughtless, inconsiderate and mundane the whole time. You just never noticed it before.


Photo by BuddhaMunx

Exploiting Friend-of-Friend: How Facebook Can Become An Effective Dating Site

Single people: Are you sick of seeing this crap on Facebook?

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I am.

Thing is – I’ll never sign up for Singlesnet or any dating site. I don’t want to meet somebody on those sites. If I were looking I’d rather meet somebody who my friends already know and can vouch for.

Hey, Facebook knows who my friends are. The Facebook knows all! It knows my sexual preference, whether I’m single or not, and which friends of my friends in my regional networks are single and interested in people like me.

Single folks – don’t you think Facebook would be a really effective dating site? Here’s how it could work:

  1. Let single men and women opt-in to the Facebook dating service
  2. Your friends-of-friends who are looking for dates appear in the sidebar, just like that depressing ad does.
  3. That person seems interesting? Cute? Maybe they’re up your alley after you read a short bio she/he has provided to Facebook for this service.
  4. You want to meet? Vote them up. That will send something to your mutual friends so that they can vote on whether or not you two would be a good match
  5. Do you never want to see this person in your sidebar again or have you recommended to him/her through the service? No problem. Vote them down and it’s taken care of.
  6. The difference? Your friends are involved – just like in real life.

    So Facebook, steal this idea. Give us something the single people can use.

    As for me – will I use it? I dunno. I don’t do the internet dating thing. Plus this thing sounds kind of creepy…