1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

facebook

cool app.  at first glance, it seems like it doesn't do much.  it's power is in the insidious way it gets you to continually connect with people you know.
Permalink Kenny 
March 15th, 2007 11:28am
What are the insidious ways? My initial impression was the same as yours, but I didn't spend the time to go deeper.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 15th, 2007 11:46am
if you work it, it works. network effects, yada yada yada.

Go speak to college kids who use it.  You'll be surprised, how much seemingly trivial information they exchange on a nearly continuous basis with much concern for time, distance, or security. It's generational.  Our parents hated gays, our kids are much better communicators.
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 12:07pm
But is it all superficial?
Permalink bob's your uncle 
March 15th, 2007 12:47pm
Hard for me to say.  The actual content of the messages is superficial.  Then again the sort of stuff that I will say to a buddy over coffee during the 10am post reddit , pre cot spot is superficial. 

It's more like relationship grease.  When you call that college friend who you haven't spoken to in 5 years up.  It's like "hey, I saw you had a baby [2 years ago] that's great.  Your wife looks cute [ LOL ].  Anyway, I'm looking for a job and I heard you are ..."  Otherwise, that conversation is,  "do you remember me?  we were in three classes together? oh married? great. oh, kid? great. so you know anyone who can help...?"

When everyone is connected like this, to people they've known a long time, .... Things could be interesting.
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 12:56pm
+1 snarker, it makes the informal stuff easier, so when it comes to the formal stuff, you've already laid the groundwork, and all without picking up the phone!

Plus it can help you get laid.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 15th, 2007 2:51pm
So it's just a chat board with class names as the board name? Still not sure about how it works...
Permalink son of parnas 
March 15th, 2007 5:26pm
imagine if everyone in cot had their own thread.

you could post in other people's threads and they can post in yours.  in fact your thread would more of a myspace-ish page then just a thread with a couple of sections.

so I'd keep posting along in my thread telling the world about my life.  posting pictures of my dog.

occasionally, people would mark me as a friend and drop sarky comments in my thread.  "hot date!" under pictures of my dog.  That sort of thing.

i thought it was open to the whole world now? you should be able to get in.
Permalink zed 
March 15th, 2007 5:34pm
not as busy as a chat board and not as random.
Permalink zed 
March 15th, 2007 5:34pm
> you should be able to get in.

You have considerable experience and have thought about it a bit. I'd rather get your take.

So it sounds like blog with group edit permissions?
Permalink son of parnas 
March 15th, 2007 5:48pm
Help me out. My sister first clued me onto facebook when she was in college. That was some 5 years ago. I joined as my college has an alumni email address, so I snuck in thru the '.edu' filter.

But not only was I the oldest person around, by like 5-7 years, the site seems to have gotten quite stagnant in the years after that. In fact it seemed myspace killed it a couple years ago.

What has facebook been up to lately?
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 15th, 2007 5:57pm
It's open to the general public, for one thing.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 15th, 2007 5:57pm
facebook is where you meet women who care about where you went to college. myspace is where you meet women who care about where you went drinking last weekend. I think zuckerberg blew his chance, and facebook is gonna turn into friendster 2.0.
Permalink hello. 
March 15th, 2007 6:12pm
Oh yeah friendster. my sister clued my in about that too. back when she was in HS.

But last year i told her about youtube - ha, the tables had turned.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 15th, 2007 6:35pm
Yup.  Here's an iron clad rule of web 2.0 startups: If anyone offers you 1 billion dollars for anything, take it.
Permalink zed 
March 15th, 2007 6:37pm
even if it's Donald Trump.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 15th, 2007 6:49pm
i'm completely amazed at how quickly my entire social network has been connected on facebook in a matter of days.  most of them just signed up for the first time.

there is a very strong "viral" networking paradigm about the site.  much more so than linkedin.
Permalink Send private email Kenny 
March 16th, 2007 12:38pm

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