So I got an account on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.
It’s protection – in the personal SEO era, you need to lock up accounts on popular services with your actual name. Amazingly enough, I’m John Koetsier on Facebook.
After being on the service for all of about 25 days, I’ve already formed some conclusions:
- Facebook is the anti-MySpace
- MySpace is gaudy and busy; Facebook is boring
- MySpace is full of ads; haven’t seen many on Facebook
- MySpace is web 1.0; Facebook is web 1.0 too. Only difference: it’s designers weren’t on LSD
(I know, I know Facebook is doing all kinds of API deals, I know, I know, it’s a platform now … blah, blah, blah. I’m talking about the visual feel, the scent you get from using it. It’s all been done so, so, so many times, and it’s all very 1.0)
- MySpace was programmed by Hammy, the hyperactive squirrel in Over the Hedge, and few things work as advertised; Facebook actually works, which is good, but still does stupid stuff.
Case in point: check out this screenshot from the homepage of Facebook …
Facebook wants me to give it access to my online email so that it can check if any people that I sent messages to and from are also on Facebook … it’s an auto-friend feature.
I don’t have a Hotmail address. Or a Yahoo, MSN, AOL address. I don’t know too many self-respecting technically-proficient over-20 people do. (I have a Gmail account, but that’s mostly for subscriptions and possibly spammy stuff.)
So the feature is useless to me. But can I get rid of it? Can I edit it? Can I dismiss it? No, no, no.
So every visit to the boring uninspired homepage of Facebook is punctuated by the uselessness to me of the largest element on the page.
And that’s just annoying.