The Facebook backlash? No, but funny all the same

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Facebook has overtaken MySpace in the UK not just in numbers but in general mind-share in the media and water-cooler conversation. We appear to be obsessed with it. Even to the point where deleting your Facebook profile is actually equated with something as serious as suicide.

But there comes a point when too much is too much. And it’s reaching that point where being bitten by Vampires, poked, super-poked, asked to ‘friend’ someone you’ve never met or to join a group which means nothing to you could well be that point, at least for some people. This is nothing new to the social software gurus, bloggers and online veterans out there who are used to main-lining feeds and detritus of incoming information. To them, all this is water off a duck’s back. But to the mass of the population who never bothered with MySpace, but somehow thought Facebook was going to be more manageable it is all rather a new experience, and there are signs they are getting very tired of it all.

Evidence comes in today via Guardian Technology editor Charles Arthur of this tiredness. It’s a mocked-up Facebook page (see picture) doing the viral email rounds which would probably more accurately reflect how we all feel when being poked, bitten or ‘asked to answer a question’ feels utterly pointless.

Some tamer quotes include:

• Someone you barely know was farted on by someone else’s Mistress Vampire
• God and the Devil are now friends
• Another pissing Vampire attacked another Vampire
• Updated: Someone you hate and someone you’ve never met added the PissingUpTheWall application
• One of your best mates is attending a party that you can’t afford to go to
• You have 746 Zombie invitations
• 1 ‘TV Shows You Hate’ invitation
• Updated: Nothing is happening. Click refresh. Again.

The reality check is that I don’t think this kind of thing is going to be a serious issue for Facebook’s growth. All publicity is good publicity, right? And let’s no be po-faced about a little fun like this.

But it does go to show that the unbridled growth of the platform, and the cultural differences in other parts of the world (in the UK, the US Frat-house sounding applications and groups often don’t sound attractive to UK users) remain a hurdle to Facebook’s quite serious localisation strategy. It also shows that the new features of being able to classify your Facebook friends into groups like ‘business’ or ‘family’ or perhaps ‘people I only know online’ can’t happen soon enough for some.

  • Stuart Day

    I love facebook but i do understand the comments – especially on the Zombie application. Just annoys the hell out of me.

  • Paul Enderson

    LMAO! Gotta check out that ‘Dirty Singles’ site next time I’m on Facebook… :D

    Thanks for brightening up my otherwise drab Friday afternoon!

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  • Philip Wilkinson

    That was funny – it’s so true – I liked it when it was unseen by search engines and had a few good things on it to keep in touch with my network. The immense “spam”, that we shall now call “faspam” from now on, is quite frankly getting very annoying.

    Imagine if a business contact checks out my profile and sees I have been bitten by a vampire – ooo eerr

  • Toby Beresford

    I think most business people on Facebook recognise that the games are just part of it and won’t be too phased by copious vampire bites. In fact they may be quietly envious…

  • J.J. Gidi-Paku

    Goodbye Myspace…
    Hello Facebook…

    Could Rupurt Murduck have wasted his money?
    And does anyone know if he have made a profit?

  • Tamlyn Rhodes

    Among my friends I have noticed that many are getting “bored with facebook”. In other words they are no longer viewing it as a game but more of a social tool (which is what it should be). I too can’t wait for friend groups.

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