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lexus
Jul 24, 2007, 11:49 AM
http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/venture/archives/117994.asp

So I guess it is asw from now on.

Fukui
Jul 24, 2007, 12:04 PM
That absolutely sucks.

Either MS or Fox, what has the world come to... :(
Can't we have social networking thats independent of big business?

kwajo.com
Jul 24, 2007, 12:26 PM
Well Facebook has already started going downhill with all the "Applications" anyway, so I can't say I'll be disappointed if this happens. It was cool at first, but now facebook has gone too far and gotten too big, I'm getting tired of it very fast, so if MS buys it I will abandon it and never look back.

iHerzeleid
Jul 24, 2007, 12:45 PM
Well. Thats too bad, i started to like FB.

Nayrb
Jul 24, 2007, 12:51 PM
Well as soon as the new facebook arrived I had a feeling of impending doom, but this is just beyond disaster. So much for that nice network I knew when I was a college freshman.

lexus
Jul 24, 2007, 01:31 PM
Yes it is a shame but at least its not the only such site.

elfin buddy
Jul 24, 2007, 01:35 PM
That's not cool at all. Knowing MS, they'll probably try to integrate it with their passport crap and ruin it for everyone. Why does Microsoft have to buy everything I love?

OnceUGoMac
Jul 24, 2007, 01:36 PM
Facebook started to suck months ago. First, they opened it up to everyone. Then, they did the feeds crap. It became worse than myspace. Friendster, Myspace, and Facebook were all cool years ago, but it was inevitable they would all sell out.

Fukui
Jul 24, 2007, 03:48 PM
Yes it is a shame but at least its not the only such site.

Yea, but when all your college friends are on there, what are we supposed to do, just drop them all?
Thats what pisses me off more than anything, its already integrated into our lives so much....

PlaceofDis
Jul 24, 2007, 03:53 PM
Well Facebook has already started going downhill with all the "Applications" anyway, so I can't say I'll be disappointed if this happens. It was cool at first, but now facebook has gone too far and gotten too big, I'm getting tired of it very fast, so if MS buys it I will abandon it and never look back.

opening it to everyone? okay thats fine.
the applications sucked though.
and the feeds can be annoying.
if MS buys it i'll be gone most likely.

Gav
Jul 24, 2007, 04:12 PM
http://albumoftheday.com/facebook/ < That says it all.

chrisdazzo
Jul 24, 2007, 04:18 PM
http://albumoftheday.com/facebook/ < That says it all.

in reply to the question/header... evidently not. i never knew... :mad: now i'm kinda pissed though. what's mine is mine.

Gymnut
Jul 24, 2007, 04:31 PM
I guess $6 billion was too much to resist cashing in. I haven't checked my FB in months so it'll probably fade into obscurity once Microsoft acquires it.

plumbingandtech
Jul 24, 2007, 05:53 PM
Ha! HA! HA!

Welcome to the Social!

If you listen hard you can actually hear the droves of users ditching it for something else.

in reply to the question/header... evidently not. i never knew... :mad: now i'm kinda pissed though. what's mine is mine.

talk to the dimwitted ms america from a few weeks back.

SilvorX
Jul 24, 2007, 05:57 PM
just wait 6 months.. there will be some new fad to replace Facebook.

It won't be surprising if they Windows Live it up, add integration to MSN/Live services.. ugh

Abstract
Jul 24, 2007, 06:16 PM
I'm sorry, but I won't abandon FB unless I see a much more negative, MS-catalysed change occurs that ruins it.

I don't mind the apps, but if any of the MS experience happens with it, then forget it. However, I'm not going to say I'm ditching it just because MS is buying it. It just shows too much bias.

hopejr
Jul 24, 2007, 06:34 PM
Whoa, I just saw that flash presentation, it's a bit of a worry. Thankfully at least they can't format Aussie phone numbers properly so I didn't put mine up, but the other info???

I liked Facebook because it was college exclusive - now it's more like Myspace which I'm refusing to join because every man and his dog is joining.

Abstract
Jul 24, 2007, 07:01 PM
I liked Facebook because it was college exclusive - now it's more like Myspace which I'm refusing to join because every man and his dog is joining.

I didn't join MySpace because I hate the profiles and webpages, and how there seems to be too much colour, clutter, and noise.


You didn't join Myspace, a social networking website, because too many people joined it? :confused:

zephead
Jul 25, 2007, 12:35 AM
Whew, good thing I don't have Facebook. Dodged a bullet there. :p

Southerner
Jul 25, 2007, 03:58 AM
What does anyone think of Virb (http://www.virb.com)?

lexus
Jul 25, 2007, 08:30 AM
Here is a list of alternatives:

aSmallWorld (http://asmallworld.net)
Bebo (http://bebo.com)
Doostang (http://doostang.com)
Friendster (http://friendster.com)
Hi5 (http://hi5.com)
Orkut (http://orkut.com)
Virb (http://virb.com)

janey
Jul 25, 2007, 08:33 AM
You didn't join Myspace, a social networking website, because too many people joined it? :confused:
I despise myspace...facebook was a lot more exclusive and therefore not as trashy in the beginning, but now it's a freeforall with a gazillion apps.

I'm sick of the app invitations. I'm sick of everyone and their mother joining Facebook. I miss the days when it was college..hell, when the HS networks joined the college networks. Work was okay, but I don't see why it was opened up. It was a lot better when it was semi-exclusive to education+work and there were no apps.

Yes, even on a social networking site.

DAC47
Jul 25, 2007, 08:57 AM
Bit of a over reaction to a unsubstantiated rumour
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oh wait i forgot where i was
carry on...

PlaceofDis
Jul 25, 2007, 09:21 AM
I despise myspace...facebook was a lot more exclusive and therefore not as trashy in the beginning, but now it's a freeforall with a gazillion apps.

I'm sick of the app invitations. I'm sick of everyone and their mother joining Facebook. I miss the days when it was college..hell, when the HS networks joined the college networks. Work was okay, but I don't see why it was opened up. It was a lot better when it was semi-exclusive to education+work and there were no apps.

Yes, even on a social networking site.

i agree, the beauty of the site was that you weren't going to get stuck with nonsense. it was, in the beginning, for colleges. and it worked excellent in connecting the people who were in your classes with you.

now? getting bloated and crazy. pages are cluttered since you can move stuff around. apps all over the place, and the news feed is stupid.

longofest
Jul 25, 2007, 09:27 AM
Microsoft will probably ban my facebook pic...

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26002086

Abstract
Jul 25, 2007, 09:43 AM
now? getting bloated and crazy. pages are cluttered since you can move stuff around. apps all over the place, and the news feed is stupid.

I think the news feed is a great idea. It actually makes FaceBook more capable of allowing social interaction to occur. With Friendster, what do people do?

1. Log in.
2. .....?
3. Check random friends to see what has changed (?)

People don't use it to message other people. People just go there to perv at photos of girls, and leave dumbass remarks. With FaceBook, I'm glad you can't.

However, I could also do without the apps. They don't really clutter it up that badly. I still think it's rather streamlined when compared to Friendster and Myspace, Hi5, etc. They don't have a music spotlight on pop bands, rap stars, etc. They don't have really bad wallpapers or music launching automatically from profiles (which causes Safari to crash, at times). It's still rather plane, which is a positive feature. There's just some apps that get in the way. I dislike them, but at least they're not gaudy.

Abstract
Jul 25, 2007, 09:49 AM
Longofest isn't even a member of the MacRumours group. I find that weird.

lexus
Jul 25, 2007, 11:48 AM
I think a great thing about FB is the privacy it gives its users. Now that will change under MS.

odinsride
Jul 25, 2007, 02:57 PM
What is a facebook

Shadow
Jul 25, 2007, 03:33 PM
I think a great thing about FB is the privacy it gives its users. Now that will change under MS.

http://albumoftheday.com/facebook/ < That says it all.

Privacy? What privacy?

nxent
Jul 26, 2007, 01:28 AM
Well Facebook has already started going downhill with all the "Applications" anyway, so I can't say I'll be disappointed if this happens. It was cool at first, but now facebook has gone too far and gotten too big, I'm getting tired of it very fast, so if MS buys it I will abandon it and never look back.

yeh i'm going to have to agree with you on that one. definitely a fan of the original

teflon
Jul 26, 2007, 01:45 AM
I think facebook is really spinning out of control, fast. The news feed is annoying and un-customizable. I really don't want to know what xxx and yyy wrote on zzz's wall. It might be useful if you can limit it to only the people you want, so you don't have to know what people that you don't really talk to are doing. I agree the applications are so freakin' annoying! Facebook is no longer clean. Soon enough, there will be customizable skin and everyone will change the font on their page! It's a way to get in touch with your friends, not a decorating challenge! Argh i really don't do much on facebook anymore... i guess if things are getting worse it might be time to move on to something else.

solvs
Jul 26, 2007, 03:34 AM
I never bothered with facebook. I don't even like myspace and am rarely on anymore. I'm sure something will pop up to take their places as they continue to piss people off, but eventually that will suck too. Look at TV Tome.

rockthecasbah
Jul 26, 2007, 10:41 AM
Facebook's gone downhill lately with all this Application nonsense. The original appeal of Facebook over Myspace is now lost because it is no longer pristine and neat, it's just a mess of Myspace-wannabe-crap. There should be an option to hide all applications of people, that would appease both idiots that want apps and the rest of us that can't stand seeing that garbage!

ghall
Jul 27, 2007, 12:23 PM
If Microsoft does end up buying Facebook, I will close my account. Though I probably won't have to. I'll probably get banned for the groups I'm a member of:

The Apple Mac Appreciation Society
Microsoft Software Sucks
I Love My Macintosh
MacRumors

I'll probably have MS hit-men after me because of #2. :eek:

lexus
Jul 29, 2007, 10:34 AM
No concrete info yet.

Jasonbot
Jul 29, 2007, 12:28 PM
Longofest isn't even a member of the MacRumours group. I find that weird.

There's a MR fb group? I'm joining right now :D

OutThere
Jul 29, 2007, 05:06 PM
Nah they won't sell out. Mark Zuckerberg has flirted with companies who want to buy him out for a long time.

Microsoft would ruin facebook, anyway. Unfortunately, all of my friends are on facebook and it's a big part of the college social scene. We'll see...

I think if facebook gets ruined by microsuck and made undesirable, another, comparable service will pop up, with the simplicity and exclusivity of the original facebook.

SkyBell
Jul 29, 2007, 10:26 PM
Well, say hello to hi5 then.

Although i have a facebook, I never confirmed the email, too many of my friends are on myspace. (on it right now in fact. :o