Not done a ranting entry in a while….
MySpace tries to be useful by emailing you when one of our friends has a birthday in the coming days. I’m sure someone finds this useful, but I have my own way of tracking birthdays so it’s useless to me. But you can only turn off all email notifications, not just birthday notifications, so you don’t get an email if someone posts a comment on your space or sends you a message, which are actually useful to me.
But to be honest I’m pretty much considering leaving MySpace as I rarely log into it anymore and all the friends who I actually care about use Facebook now anyway.
Facebook needs a privacy option called ‘Stop my friends from constantly inviting me to add new applications’. I don’t want to be a pirate or zombie, I have no desire for a new wall, I don’t care what type of romantic I am and I couldn’t give a monkeys that someone has decided to bitchslap me. If your application is really that useful then I’ll probably find it myself.
I also don’t want to be asked at every bloody opportunity if I want to share this application with my friends. I said ‘no’ the first time and I haven’t changed my mind.
Don’t get me wrong, some applications are good and I’ve written about my favourites, but some, in my opinion, abuse Facebook and will probably make people less likely to use the site. Every time I turn down a request to add an application makes me feel like I’m letting that friend down, or at least questioning their judgement, and I’ve seen examples of people who have given up on Facebook because they’ve become swamped by application requests. I’ve blocked the common ones but I still get requests for others that I could really do without.
Give me a reason to visit you. I use you even less than MySpace.