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A cure for Facebook App Fatigue

Wednesday, 9 January 2008 — by

As a Social Network, Facebook is a powerhouse. But at the same time, Facebook has some roughly-hewn corners that are in need of rounding off — principally how we share applications…

Take for for example the flurry of Facebook apps I see piling up in the top right-hand corner of my home page. I am 99.995% sure I’m never going to add any of those applications to my profile.

Call me Mr. Curmudgeon, but I’ve visited peoples’ profiles and seen how long some of them take to load, and how crazy they look — Facebook is in danger of turning into MySpace!

As a businessman, I have to be careful and measured in my use of Facebook applications. What I don’t want is a potential client seeing the My Pornstar Name or What Drug Are You? applications plastered all over my profile page.

For me personally, I find the vast majority of Facebook applications to be an annoyance. But because people are taking the time to share them with me, I’m put in an unwanted awkward position.

So as well as suffering from a mild form of Social Network Fatigue, I’m also now suffering from a nasty case of Facebook App Fatigue, too.

What’s needed are some privacy hooks & barbs adding to the structure of Facebook applications, that developers must first immerse their code in for their applications to work:

  1. An extra set of privacy options that allow us to specify what class of application we wish to accept, so that;
  2. applications that are pushed in our direction by friends that don’t meet our criteria are bounced back, and also;
  3. the type relationship we have with our friends also pre-fills the applications’ privacy options, so that some of our friends can’t even submit applications to us, no matter what.

Fundamentally, this isn’t about me being boring — which I’m sure Kate is well able to make a case for — but more about being able to manage our profile pages on Facebook without losing both friends and face…

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Timmargh → Wednesday, 9 January 2008 @ 12:45 BDT

Ah, some good ideas there.

I’m constantly ignoring requests from friends and online acquaintances to add vampire/werewolf/pornstar/all-of-the-above crapplications.

Having said that, I’ll never be parted from my LOLCats!!

Jill → Wednesday, 9 January 2008 @ 16:03 BDT

I do not wish to throw chickens or watch You Tube videos. Hands up who didn’t read the user agreement!

Wayne Smallman → Wednesday, 9 January 2008 @ 16:18 BDT

Guys, we share a common pain. I can feel it.

Sadly, there’s no Group Hug application installed on this ‘blog, so we’ll just have to make do with the knowing that we do not walk alone…

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