Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Let's Be Friends on Facebook!

Ellie Levenson has written about how the Deputy Leadership runners are using Facebook on Comment is Free HERE. She also makes some very perceptive points about Facebook in general. I joined it a few months ago but until this weekend hadn't really done much on it. I was slightly bemused to keep getting messages from people 'wanting to be my friend'. Many of them I had never met or spoken to, but it turns out they are regular readers of the blog. Facebook is rather a fun thing, if slightly addictive if you let it be. It has a lot of fun features - you can 'poke' people - I've never quite worked out what that implies - , you can alert people to events, even start your own. All in all it's a brilliant social networking community.

Anyway, it seems I now have 249 friends on Facebook. Click HERE to become the 250th!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ive just poked you. I dont know what that means, but if you find out let us know. I didnt want to do it before to anyone as Im ignorant of its significance.

AussieGooner79 said...

Is it any different at all to MySpace?

Newmania said...

That’s a nice picture of you Iain. You appear chiselled, almost cruelly Teutonic. It hints that the body of Michelangelo’s David takes it ease within the attire . If only any of this were actually true ….. but then I suppose you would have better things to do than write a blog….

raincoaster said...

Facebook's users skew older than MySpace's, but not much: it started as the social networking site for university students.

Grownups tend to use LinkedIn, which is more businessy, but Facebook is making some inroads (obviously).

Pierre Trudeau has over a thousand friends on Myspace, despite being dead since before it existed. A truly charismatic politician will ALWAYS get out the votes!

Anonymous said...

Pierre Trudeau has over a thousand friends on Myspace

Even Jonathon Ross has way more than that.

Ellie Levenson said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FahBBnfHAQ

More on poking here.

no longer anonymous said...

"Is it any different at all to MySpace?"

Not as many teenagers, more for keeping in contact with old friends than making new ones.

Also, no annoying system that allows people to change their backgrounds (this often results in slower page loads, hard to navigate pages and disgusting colours) and force those who visit their profile to be exposed to their taste in music.

All in all, far superior!

The Hitch said...

This poking is all very well but
is there a facility to "chop" somebody?
If so JHL needs to be informed.

james higham said...

Could Guido or I, the original faceless men, become members?

Cranmer said...

His Grace attempted to become a member of Facebook, but it refused to accept his date of birth - 2 July 1489.

Bizarrely, even when he tried to enter the earliest permissible year - 1910 - it still refused him membership. When he compromised on 1989 (his 500th birthday), he was refused membership for being too young.

At this point, His Grace gave up. Life is too short, even when one is already dead.

Anonymous said...

iain - Hazel Blears has more friends than you...

Anonymous said...

Ellie Levenson said...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FahBBnfHAQ


Thanks Ellie. I don't think I'll be doing any poking anymore, though!

The Inquisitive Cow said...

Your Grace,

I had a similar problem to yourself in that I am four. To get round this problem, I inserted the birthdate of the dĂșnadan who comes to Dorset every weekend to interview me. Perhaps you might find a similar compromise. In the meantime, I trust you and Mr Dale will keep up your good work(s)(this is not a spiritual statement, by the way).

Gerrie Cow.

leon said...

I did tell you a few months back when you got your MySpace page matey, Facebook is were all the cool kids are at!;)

raincoaster said...

Facebook has a policy of deleting accounts created under aliases; it's in their terms of service. They just deleted the account of one of the founders of Reddit.com, so Guido etc couldn't likely register under blog names.