The Electric Commentary

Friday, September 08, 2006

Facebook and Myspace

If you were a college student any time after 2004, you probably had a profile on Facebook. If you are a young lady in some stage of undress that "just moved to the area" and "has a webcam" you probably have a profile on Myspace. The two sites are pretty much the same. But Facebook has enjoyed the advantage of requiring a university email address, which largely keeps out two groups of people: spammers and losers. Every day I get requests from people to add them as my "friend." Usually these people are young ladies in various stages of undress with "about me" sections that say stuff like this:

"OMG! u shud check out my WEB CAM? check out my pix 2--i got a little krazy with my new digital cam and their SEXXXY. I'd LUV to here you're COMMENTS!!! cRaZy! WTF! ttyl!"

What the hell is that? So these are obviously spam bots, but you know what? They are copying this ridiculous writing style from real, live losers! If you start reading random profiles you'll see people commenting on eachother's profiles saying shit like:

"OMG! thankx for the ADD! u r sooo HOTT!"

Who are these people? Why are people adding "friends" that they don't even know? Where do these relationships go after the "add"? And why do they write like that?

Now I realize that the whole concept of Facebook/Myspace is pretty weird, but I think they're becoming normal really fast. I think most people see the distinction the same way I do. Until recently facebook was better. What made it better was its limits. It was limited to people in college and you were limited in who you could see. The dichotomy, to me, worked out like this: if Facebook was an exclusive party in an upscale club, or even a cool college bar, Myspace is a three cases of Coors light and a rusty pickup truck in a field.

As these sites evolved, they added more and more features. The newest one on Facebook is the "News Feed" which constantly provides you with updates anytime your friends do anything. "X has joined the group, 'The Red Gym is Bowser's Castle'* or "Y has posted new pictures" or "A has commented on B's wall" or "C is 'getting a hooker tonight'** or whatever. One of the most often repeated News Feed items I've seen since its onset has been, "A,B, C, D, E, F and G have joined the group 'Students against Facebook News Feed'" That group has 742,130 members right now. Heh. I guess people want to put a little effort into their virtual stalking.

On a semi-related note, this enterprising young man should be a hero to us all. For those of you who aren't on facebook and can't view the link, he started a Facebook group called "If this group reaches 100,000 my girlfriend will have a threesome." His girlfriend agreed that if he could get 100,000 people to join a Facebook group by December 31, she would let another girl join them for an evening. He started the group on September 4, 2006. As of 10:32 am today, there are 69,255 members in the group and counting.

*The Red Gym is a building in Madison and it does look like Bowser's Castle.

**Actually on my "News Feed" right now. Very classy C.


  • It does look like Bowser's castle. That's a real building?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:02 PM  

  • FACEBOOK! Facebook is everything about it's inception. Facebook was created by a frustrated sexual pervert ..... a very high tech pervert. I have every reason to believe these individual's will be seen as the new porn at an international level, and be investigated internationally. SEX, THAT IS THE SOUL INTENT. I am not surprised it was created by a WHITE MALE, HIGHLY EDUCATED, and incapable of "REAL" social interaction. HE IS A 21st Century PERVERT!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:12 AM  

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