Facebook Graph Search Is Humorless, Creepy And Doomed To Disappoint | TechCrunch: "Facebook’s newest feature Graph Search (so new it’s still in beta) can apparently tell you lots of stuff. Which of your friends are into surfing, hiking or drinking cups of tea. Or, delving into darker territory, which of your friends are sexist or racist — as this Gizmodo article points out. (Ewww.) But Graph Search also shines a massive illuminating spotlight on something else: why Snapchat has captured people’s imagination. And the answer is simple: because it does something Facebook does not. It lets data disappear, rather than stockpiling it until it starts to stink."
ReadWrite – Facebook Graph Search: Noisier And Nosier Than Ever: "I must be slow, as I don't even want to interact with those 150 friends when it comes to choosing a restaurant or a movie. There are few individuals that I trust on such matters: I either want an expert (Zagat) or the foolishness of crowds (Yelp). I don't want my brother, who might hype me on the new dish at Olive Garden. (A fate worse than death!)
In sum, I'm enjoying my life sans Facebook, and I imagine I'll enjoy it even more now that Facebook wants to make it even easier to invade my personal space without real value in return. Maybe it will be useful for dating, but I have zero interest in this."
The Secret to Facebook Happiness Is Killing Friendships: "You might have heard of Dunbar's Number, a psychological "law" that human beings can't maintain meaningful relationships with between 100 to 230 other people. Hahaha. Plenty of us have several hundreds, if not thousands of Facebook friends. The transformation of Facebook "friendship" into something abstract and laughable is well-trodden by now, and we've sort of started to just take it as a modern shrug. That's just the way things are now—the joy of rediscovering people from high school has been replaced with the endless chore of clicking to hide all those assholes from high school you don't want to read updates on anymore."
Hacking the Hyperlinked Heart - WSJ.com: ". . . At the end of my analysis, I'd compiled enough information to create a super profile—a sort of amalgam of what I saw the popular women doing, along with my own personal details. Instead of bullet points and résumé speak, I wrote that "my friends would describe me as an outgoing and social world traveler, who's equally comfortable in blue jeans and little black dresses." Soon after it went live, my super profile attracted more than 60 responses, many of them notably different from the ones I'd attracted before. . . ."
Are you fed up with Facebook? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: "Facebook saw its UK user base drop by 1.86% in December, and while it still has over 31 million monthly active British users (around half of our 61.8m population), some have speculated that Facebook has reached its saturation point and will now experience a decline."
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