Social Network Growing Pains
First, I just want to thank all of our readers who voted for us in Kotaku’s Sunday comic selection. While we did not win, we were happy to see you guys come out to support us. We were also glad to have a chance to see more people reading our comic. Thank you Kotaku for that. The winning comic, Legacy Control, demonstrated no shortage of class. We exchanged a few tweets with him yesterday, and found a chance to commiserate over the pain of public scrutiny on the Internet. He makes a good strip too. Check it out.
I noted this week that the Facebook iPhone app has started putting a friend recommendation at the top of the News Feed. It may not be happening to you yet. I posted a complaint about it on my Facebook and received a few comments questioning the validity of my claim. It seems none of my friends are seeing this annoying feature. I checked the interwebs for validation and found an article from way back in April discussing the addition. The article suggests that Facebook may be arranging a slow roll out of the feature, but it seems that six months is an incredibly long time to take and still not have it applied to everyone. I had not updated in a while when I noticed the recommendations appear, so I do not think it is associated with any particular version of the app. To the very core of it, the feature bothers me because I have reached a point where these recommendations are people whom I have never met and do not care to add. I would prefer not to look at their faces every time I boot up the app.
I am pasting the following portion from notes I wrote on my phone to save a little time. I would like to make it down to IndieCade today if possible. It’s not every day they have a gaming festival here in Culver City.
Nobody has the social networking thing exactly right at the moment. Facebook keeps adding shit people don’t care about. Twitter is a bit too public at times, and choosing who to follow and re-tweet is a constant political struggle. Google plus combines some of the best features of both with excellent control of sharing, but your stream will be immediately hijacked by a single overzealous and popular sharer. Ah, Felicia Day. I mean, how can you not follow her? She’s adorable. Where was I? Right. As creators, we rely on social network machinations to assist in PR. We have little if any choice in the matter. We have to use all of them.