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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Facebook Turns 6

February 4th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

It’s hard to believe that Facebook was launched six years ago today–where did the time go?

Oh, that’s right. Facebook ATE it.

It sucked it, wasted it, and frittered it away with its poking and SuperPoking and its Zombies and Vampires and those virtual gifts we actually spent non-virtual money on and its middle-of-the-night defriending sprees and its putting your Mom on limited profile once she joined so she wouldn’t see all of your stoned pics and its Scrabulous and Scrabble and Mafia Wars and its 25 Things list and other oversharing memes and its secret groups and Fan Pages and Doppelgänger Week–oh, Doppelgänger Week, how we loved thee–and [deep breath] that thing it was actually designed for, connecting with people or whatever, finding old classmates/childhood friends/colleagues/exes you were happy to see had gotten fat yada yada, and flirting with strangers.

Good lord. Now that we think about it, what did we do before Facebook filled our lives with all of this, well, filler? Like, actually talk to people? Weird.

[Facebook Wikipedia page]

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Who’s Your Doppelgänger?

January 29th, 2010 | 13 comments | Posted by Jen

It’s Doppelgänger Week on Facebook, a meme created by one Bob Patel–an Indian Tom Selleck-lookalike who I’m not convinced is real–and unlike so many Facebook memes, this one you might actually want to participate in, probably because it doesn’t involve divulging embarrassing, oversharesky details from your life to so-called “friends” who, alas, really don’t give a shit.

The idea is simple: replace your profile pic with one of your celebrity doppelgänger. And don’t be a party poop and be like, “I don’t have a doppelgänger, bah humbug” or “I’m Asian, I can only be Bruce Lee.” Facebook hasn’t been this much dumb fun since before my your mother joined, trust.

Here are our lookalikes:

Side-Pony Sistas

Chicks of a certain age will recognize my doppelgänger’s Claudia Kishi from The Baby-sitters Club. And yes, I’m aware she isn’t real, but oh how I wish she were, mostly so I could raid her closet and Single Yellow Female her much talked about style.

Then there’s Diana’s doppelgänger, transcending racial boundaries:

Di-e-sha!!!

WEIRD, right?

So who’s your doppelgänger? Tell us in the comments section. Don’t stop there…make it your avatar.

[HuffPo: Interview with Bob Patel, Creator of "Doppelganger Week" on Facebook]

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Facebook Frustrasian

October 23rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Cindy McCain: A Good SMother

The McCain campaign is unhappy with the NY Times profile of Cindy (“Behind McCain, Outsider in Capital Wanting Back In”) that appeared in last Friday’s edition, and one of its bones of contention is the fact that reporter Jodi Kantor attempted to contact a 16 year-old classmate of Bridget McCain’s via Facebook for the piece.

Here is an excerpt of the statement McCain-Palin spokesperson Michael Goldfarb issued shortly following the story:

“In order to assemble this barrage of petty and personal attacks, the New York Times employed tactics that are obviously unprofessional and almost certainly unethical. This campaign has obtained a copy of an email sent by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor to a 16-year-old girl and friend of Bridget McCain, the youngest of the McCain children. Ms. Kantor sought to dupe the unsuspecting minor by soliciting ‘advice’ on how best to approach the story, as if a top-flight investigative reporter at the New York Times would need the assistance of an underage girl in writing a hit piece.”

I think I’m not alone when I say that I’m sorta with the McCain camp on this one. I mean, how many times have you been approached by somebody who’s, like, a friend of a friend of a friend on Facebook, who seems normal and harmless in their profile picture with the soft focus, who acts like they want to be your friend and your friend alone and pretends that they’re interested in YOU and your “activities,” “interests,” and your “about me,” only to have them turn right around and flood your inbox, homepage, and non-existent and erronenously-named “FunSpace” with requests to join their pointless Blog Network or to buzz up their crap on the Huffington Post or to sign up for their massive Facebook group or their fucking Fan Page or their goddamn Cause for some buzzkill reason like preventing domestic violence or to attend the 800th voter event happening this week, before you say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and you go to said person’s Facebook profile, your hand hovering over the “Remove from Friends” button at the bottom of the page, thinking “Dammit, I’m a person and not just an ass you can rape with your shameless, self-promoting cockwand,” wondering if that person would really ever notice if you de-friended them and then what, would an unbearably awkward conversation ensue if they did and are you just an abnormally intolerant person or is this person you want to Remove from Friends really insane as you’ve convinced yourself they are and why are you even thinking about this junior high-shit at all in your thirties when you could be spending your time finding a stronger Retinol product to combat the ever-deepening laugh lines (or smoker’s lines, whatever) on your face and finding ways to introduce more fiber into your red meat-heavy diet?

So, sure, getting bugged on Facebook by strangers is, in brief, annoying. But is it “almost certainly unethical”?

Bitch, please.

Read the full duping Facebook message Kantor sent to Bridget’s friend here. For the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, click here.

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