Thursday, February 18, 2010

Evil Will Always Win


Facebook just enabled a 'smart lists' feature to help build out their understanding of you and your connections. Certain lists (eg. family) add a profile suggestion for everyone that you add to the list. As a result, I have been bombarded with many family confirmations from fairly distant relatives.

This is a fairly sneaky way to get more information about their users without each user needing to enter stuff...because everyone has that one crazy relative that spends way too much time on facebook, tagging you in all your own photos, and filling out lots of extra relationship details just for you to 'confirm'. Its thinking like this that will keep them ahead of competitors like Google who can't seem to crack the "social" nut, I guess. Its like in spaceballs:
Anyway, in this case I really would like to acknowledge the relationship, but the exact relationship is not defined on the dropdown box (there's no such thing as a 2nd-cousin-in-law). So, it seems the system will not let me confirm a relationship exists without picking exactly what that relationship is (for which there is no option). Dear Facebook, please provide a 'write-in', 'other', or 'unspecified' option to these confirmation dialogs...I feel bad hitting the 'ignore' button like this.

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