At the urging of more than one friend, I finally went and made a Facebook page for Life Flashes By. I waffled on doing so for quite a while, since Facebook isn’t exactly what I’d call a company with ethics in line with my own.  However, given that it’s the place all the kids are going for their social networking needs these days, and Diaspora still isn’t ready for general public consumption, a Facebook presence will have to do. It’s a lot like how I have a Windows version of LFB available even though I don’t particularly like Windows and have hardly even been using it in recent years.  At this point, I care more about getting as many people to play the game as possible than anything else, and to do that, you’ve got to be where the people are, as they say…
Anywho, if you’ve always been hankering for a way to easily declare to the world that you’re a fan of this wonderful game I’ve laboured over, look no further! And tell all your friends about it too, while you’re at it! That’s, er, what this whole “social networking” thing is all about, right?
- Okay, so I thought the site was kind of neat back when I was still in university and it was just for students — and by “neat”, I really meant “at least it’s not as ugly as Myspace” — but then it turned into this ubiquitous cash cow with dubious ideas about privacy and increasingly poor usability. I do continue to maintain a presence on the site, but I try to mitigate my discomfort by only sharing information that’s already available elsewhere on the internet. ↩
- Well, to be more precise, it’s probably more like the fact that I used to write all my games in Windows because I didn’t yet have access to easy-to-use dev tools for Mac and Linux. But yeah. ↩
I hate Facebook, but for the opposite reason than most people. I find it way too insular. This “Diaspora” you linked to doesn’t seem any different. The internet should be a way to bring people together, not a way to keep them apart. I pride myself on keeping a blog for which “privacy” is a foreign notion, and it always makes me sad to find that no one I know has an internet presence I can access without specifically being on their “opt-in” list. (I won’t sign up for any such service, on principle.) It makes the whole web feel really lonely.
Well, then, clearly, this post is of no importance to you, is it?