Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Oh Boy Facebook

I'm not a big fan of Facebook for the same reason I'm not a huge fan of Twitter. People's daily minutiae are just that... small and trifling details. It makes me think of the beginning to Slow Jerk, when the second guy says 'just joking, that wasn't really cool, it's BORING'. I'm usually not such a dick about it up front, though, and choose to exercise my option to opt out of being in (or observing) such conversations in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I don't think everything I spew forth is ground breakingly awesome, and am acutely aware that no one is interested that:

Hm.

But apparently I am alone in this. Even Hatch tweets these days. And apparently there were armed guards at GDC this year insisting that everyone mention Facebook at least once, even if you you just got on stage to ask where the restroom was.

So here I am, dusting off my profile and updating everything from 'Tamashima, Japan" to "Orinda, CA". I reckon if this is an industry I want to be a part of, I have to embrace every aspect of it. I hope I don't have to play Starcraft, though. Ugh.

So last night, I got Farmville, and harvested some soy beans. Or something. Every single thing I clicked had them practically grabbing my crotch and begging for the option to email me. I can only imagine how that turns out, so every time it popped up I said NO. I imagine they eventually get it by right of you saying OH FOR JESUS FUCK FINE JUST FUCKING TAKE IT GOD NOW LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!

harvest harvest, hoe hoe hoe, plant plant

Anyway. All these games are based on having friends, and I'm a huge loser. I have about 13 friends, but I feel like sending Jacob a Farmville invite is about on par with sending him a handy link on to where to buy some V14GR4 FOR HI$ M4N R0D. So I turn to you guys. Do you play Teh Facebook? If so send me an invite, and invite me to your farm, or mafia, or whatever you think I would actually think is interesting. Use my Bruce Wayne address (rericksen@gmail.com), and I'll add each and every one of you to all of these games. I'll send you little pots of gold, and we'll form 25 man raids and kill Arthas in Hardmod--- wait. I mean we'll harvest carrots and have a merry old time.

wuwu~


P.S. I told my friend Roger that my next post would be a slanderous rant about how garbage-tastic XFX is. They make crap motherboards and all deserve to choke to death on ... uhh ... capacitors. He bought a motherboard from them, it died, he RMA'd it, that one was DOA, and then they mysteriously stopped responding to him. SO DON'T BUY THEIR STUFF OR THE KITTEN GETS IT.

rowr?


13 comments:

Hatch said...

I try my best not to post inane notes about myself on twitter, though when something groundbreaking happens - like if I had cereal for *dinner* - I'd tweet that, of course!

Twitter reminds me of AIM away messages from the early 2000s when I was in college. It was a place to showcase clever ideas, jokes, links, or quotes (at least among people I knew). So the people who interest me on twitter generally either 1) link to interesting articles often or 2) have something interesting to say, or 3) say funny things, or some combination thereof. It's possible to almost completely avoid the inane crap.

On facebook, I just block the updates from friends that spam. :P

I have one friend who sells sex toys to groups of women in their homes. Think of a tupperware party, only with dildos and lube, and you get the picture. She uses facebook to help her business, so she's constantly talking about what slots she has available for parties (jeez there's innuendo in there) and how great her recent party was and how much free product she gave out. I don't want to drop her from friends and insult her, but I'm tired of hearing that stuff, so I just blocked her status updates from my feed.

My word verification was "kerap". Do you think the internet is sentient and commenting on my writing?

Hatch said...

Oh, and if you get enough friends I'll friend you on facebook with my real name. I just want there to be enough people already on there that I can camouflage myself and not give it away.

But I'm not playing farmville.

Klepsacovic said...

Nooooooo kitteh!

I don't quite get facebook. If I wanted to be friends with someone, I'd be friends with them. You know, in that real life place. Or in WoW. Or in some place where I can actually interact beyond two second hastily typed messages for the world to see.

My biggest annoyance was when people from my junior highs tarted friending me when I was in college. We've not communicated in any way in oh... 8 years? I have nothing against them, I just have nothing for them either. If we were friends we'd have been friends.

kangax said...

dude i have FB and i hate it... had it for 3 years now ... and its only puking BS about farmville and CS online or whatever.. the actual use of this thing is probably 1-2% compared to the useless things u get thrown... And not to mention that out of my 400 friends 90% i never talk to them on FB the other 40 people i probably either have their skype, their phone or some other means of communication....

FB is a waste ... now that everyone can have one... in the days when only students could... Yes that was cool(some help on this HW here or that Assignment there) ok ... but now ... its just another my-space for Beckham-like-poor-sods both male and female ... anyways ...

i think ill del it very soon...

Cap'n John said...

Holy Crap, Ixo! Someone has used your email addy to create a Facebook account and they're even using a picture of you and they've really made it look like they're really you by pretending they have a wife with a Japanese name and...er...I mean...what's Facebook?

Ixobelle said...

lol I didn't say i wasn't ON THERE.... I merely said I don't GET IT

<3

Larísa said...

Well... I'm not a facebooker at all. Or a twitterer. As you know. Just wanted to tell you that 13 friends is kind of imba in my world. See the blog post of today.

You're a socializer, not a lonely geek. Admit it!

/hugs

Rem said...

What Klep said, 100%.

Krunchy said...

I've never really been a huge fan of Facebook, but I can't deny that it enables me to keep in touch with distant friends who are otherwise unreachable.

I don't play any of those Zynga games, though, since I kind of feel they trivialize gaming and I THK GAEMS ARE SRS BUSNESS, OK GUYZ!

Seriously, though, Farmville looks so boring to me. I'd rather play Bioshock.

Ixobelle said...

@Larisa: lol, 13 friends on FB, not IRL. I have about 1 IRL that I actually see face to face, and I guess some guildies I consider friends but have never met ;)

Larísa said...

Haha, this is turning into a new sort of competition. My kids are discussiong who has the most number of "friends" at FB - anything less than 300 and you don't stand a chance.
But you and I are comparing who has the LEAST amount of friends. It depends on how you count I guess. If I include the original friends of my husband and their wives, who I see from time to time, I guess you're a winner. I do see a few people regularly. But if we're talking about real, close friends on my own, you don't stand a chance. Sorry.

Tesh said...

I have the same reaction to Facebook as I have to forced grouping. I'm simply allergic to people, especially stupid or inane ones.

The only reason I even bothered to set up an account was for networking purposes in case I need a new job.

Marz said...

Tobold mentioned "Dungeons & Dragons Tiny Adventures" is a pretty good game to play on facebook, I'm going to check that out soon.

Oh, and the only graphics card that ever died on us was a XFX. It worked ok for a few months, and was pretty cheap while still being decently powerful. But one day... just poof...