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…Facebook isn’t MySpace?

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When Facebook first arrived, it was great. You used it to talk with your friends, you used it to poke someone if you wanted to say hi but didn’t want to say much else, and you used it to join groups of people with similar interests.

Then, pictures came along, and suddenly, you could even see what your friends were doing.

Everything was great. You could keep in touch with your friends (even the ones half way across the country), there weren’t a lot of ads, and it wasn’t MySpace.

Then, things started to fall apart.

Facebook opened up its API, and in my opinion, the entire site went down the drain (and quickly).

It became a collection of random widgets and wingdings, and I now no longer want to go to the site. I don’t care if a “zombie” friend just bit me; I don’t care what you posted on your friend’s Graffiti wall (that looks like it was made with MS Paint); and I certainly don’t want you to buy me a fake drink.

I just want to see what you did, what you’re doing, and what you’re going to do. Sadly, each day it’s getting harder and harder to do so.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand the Mr. Zuckerberg is trying to value his company at $15 Billion (That’s right, billion with a B.), and to do so he’s got to show that it can make money; but I think that at some point along its growth curve, Facebook forgot what made people switch: It wasn’t MySpace.

MySpace was messy and noisy and dirty. Facebook was clean and quiet and simple. You signed on, you sent a few messages, and you were done.

Sadly, applications have ruined all that, and unless Facebook can find a way of monetizing without clutterizing, I think it’s going to be tough times for the Wonder Company. (Though I still think that in the end, Mark is going to make off like a bandit regardless of what happens to the site. Hellooooo billionaire status.)

Thankfully, at least a few people agree. Read/Write Web recently wrote a post titled “Facebook: What If More Is Less?”, and in the post, they spend a majority of the time going over many of the same problems that I have just described.

In essence, Facebook has turned into a love it or hate it site, and the haters are gaining ground.

So what do you think? Has Facebook lost what made it so special, or have I just lost my argument? Let me know below.

[Read/Write Web – Facebook: What If Less Is More?]

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…It’s Website Wednesday: RED Universe?

RED Universe

The RED Universe is a chat space designed to advertise for the RED Interactive Agency. Inside of the universe, you can run, fly, chat, dance and punch each other in a classic old-timey style that reminds me of the Guinness commercials. It’s simple, but it’s captivating in an AOL chat room sort of way. Brilliant!

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…It’s Website Wednesday: Kongregate?

Kongregate

Kongregate is trying to create “the leading online hub for players and game developers to meet up, play games, and operate together as a community”. Currently in Beta; Kongregate already hosts 553 games, and has hundreds of gamers playing together at any one time. Though anyone can submit a game, a user rating system ensures that only the best games float to the top of the charts. In addition to regular playability, each game is wrapped in community features such as chat and challenges that allow you to play alongside your friends. Plus, developers receive a share of the microtransaction and advertising revenue, and retain the full rights to their games, so they are encouraged to write up some good stuff. If you’re looking for a place to kill some time, Kongregate is it.

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…Adium had a birthday?

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If you want to use that video camera built into your Mac’s shiny new front so that you can see whom it is you’re talking to when you’re typing away, stick with iChat. If you want to do some serious conversing without being bothered by the face of your friend, it’s time for a change to the duck side.

Adium Services

Adium, the free and open-source solution to chatting on the Mac, has just hit version 1.0, and with it a slew of new changes have been solidified:

  • Added global user profile and buddy icon settings
  • Added an Xtras manager for better browsing and removing of Xtras
  • Major improvements in privacy settings
  • Improvements to the default look and feel
  • iTunes integration is much faster, and updates as soon as the song changes
  • Redesigned Chat Transcript (Log) Viewer
  • Optional dock-like hiding of the contact list

And as if that wasn’t enough, Adium greets a new installer with what all Mac installs should have: a custom Finder splash screen. If you want to get serious about your chatting, get serious about Adium, and do the duck.

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[Via: TUAW]