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Fear and Loathing on Facebook

Strange memories on this nervous night in Manchester. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. Facebook in the middle 00’s was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run …but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant …

History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of “history” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.

My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the donut shop half-crazy and, instead of doing homework, aimed the cursor across the screen scrolling at a hundred miles an hour wearing navy blue dickies and a Bane t-shirt…booming through the browser at the lights of monitors, not quite sure which photos to post when I got to the other end (always stalling at the exit, too twisted to find the logout while I fumbled for change) … but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a site where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that …

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not on Facebook, then over on Twitter, on cell phones, coast-to-coast …. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning ….

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave …

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.


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Company Takes Rewarding Facebook Fans to Whole New Level

A lot of brands work hard to reward their Facebook fans, but it’s safe to say no one has ever done it quite like this…

BlueFuego, a company that help colleges and universities use the web to achieve their marketing and recruitment goals, took to the streets to celebrate their 1,000th fan. They actually traveled to Eastern Illinois University to congratulate Nate Atkinson, the fan whose click set the milestone, in person. Oh, and they brought a 10 foot trophy with them. Check out Nate’s reaction below.

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Facebook redesigns live feed, hides your friends and doesn’t tell you

Notice something strange lately about your Facebook news feed? Not seeing as many updates? Well guess what, during the latest redesign Facebook took it upon themselves to limit the number of YOUR friends that come up in YOUR live feed.

If you scroll to the bottom of your feed and click “Edit Options” a box will pop up with the following:
“Live Feed automatically determines which friends to include based on who Facebook thinks you want to hear from most. You can manually adjust this list below.”

Take a look…

Notice towards the bottom it has 250 listed as the maximum number of friends shown in the Live Feed. But what if you have more than 250 friends? Well, Facebook has taken it upon themselves to decide FOR YOU which ones make the cut.

Facebook has also taken it upon themselves to completely hide people from your live feed. Take a look on the right side of that box and you will see a list of friends that are now “hidden.” Near as I can tell there is no logic between who is chosen, but I found 10 of my friends already hidden, including some that I communicate with regularly.

Now, the good news is there is an easy fix. You can simply delete that 250 and enter in 5,000, thus guaranteeing you’ll see updates from all your friends. You can also go through and add those “hidden” friends back in, but this raises some bigger issues…

What the hell was Facebook thinking? Not only should they have notified users if they were going to alter what content makes it into your feed, but how could they seriously think they know better than you which friends you want to hear from? I don’t care what algorithm they’re using, it’s insulting and ridiculous.

What do you think?

Got sent this link from a friend (@epsteada) that shows the 250 friend limit for your news feed actually goes back farther than this latest redesign.

Feel free to still take a look as I might not be the only person that missed this first time around. Also, make sure none of your friends have mysteriously come up “hidden.”


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