Facebook is an amazing social tool, but the tragic flaw with it is that society is composed mainly of tools. This is why a number of extremely irritating trends have cropped up – trends which make you want to shut down your computer, go outside and take a deep breath.Â Now these trends have been documented in multiple places, but hereâ€™s my extremely short list of the Top 5:
- Too many applications, too many people, not enough interest. I donâ€™t care if youâ€™re throwing sheep at me. I donâ€™t care if youâ€™re asking me what kind of unique and special snowflake I am. The worst thing about too many applications spamming me, is that the signal-to-noise ratio for genuinely interesting applications is really shitty – I hardly ever find anything worth adding, because Iâ€™m too busy ignoring other crap!
- Too many friends, not enough Homescreen. Again, when you have a lot of friends, the signal-to-noise ratio gets insane. Facebook is pretty good at asking what youâ€™re interested in, but clearly thereâ€™s a point beyond which this is not going to help. Also, thereâ€™s no permanent record either. If I canâ€™t log in for a couple of days, thereâ€™s no way I can â€˜page backâ€™ to see what I missed. Not only is it an incomplete record, itâ€™s also non-permanent. This is actually a feature problem, but itâ€™s on a list of bad trends because itâ€™s made worse by the trend of people posting random shit all the time (Of course, my random shit is someone elseâ€™s magnum opus – witness the fact that as Â I hit submit on this entry it will automatically be cross-posted to FaceBook thanks to the wonder of RSS!)
- Crap-tastic tags and forwards. Enough pixels have been spent criticizing these. My major concern is with how uncreative these things are. 25 things about you that no-one knows? Jeez, how LiveJournal of you. Whatâ€™s next? A cute collection of cartoons that people can tag with their friends? Oh waitâ€¦
- Inane status updates. Not much anyone can do about this, but god is it annoying. And Facebook loves it, of course, because omg, like, check those hitz out!
- Incorrectly tagged photos. The whole point of tagging photos is so that people can find their own pics. This means, if someoneâ€™s in a photo, you tag them with their Facebook profile, so that everyone knows about it. Tagging photos (especially of people who have profiles) with random â€˜funnyâ€™ inside-joke nicknames is not only against the philosophy of social networking (haha, look at me grandstanding about the philosophy of social networking – as if there is one!) but also just plain silly.
Submit your own! Comment on this post and let me know what you think are the most annoying Facebook trendsâ€¦
Know what’s truly terrible? I posted this on Facebook (facepalm!) in 2008, and it’s still as relevant today.