Hey look, it's two no-work posts in one day! Actually I think it will be tomorrow before I get this typed up.
The guys over at my favorite icon collecting site have created a game over at Facebook, and here are some statistics on the progress of the game so far. I assume the stats will continue to update after I post this, we will see.
The first is a chart of active users. Today it shows 14,510 users after a big Saturday spike of over 17,000:
There is also sort of a "Blue Book" value of the app. I kinda wonder if I had an extra $84,689 laying around would I have any luck in talking them out of PackRat. I bet not.
Seems to be doing well for a new app. Check out the stats for yourself.
Let's just get one thing straight. When you sign up for Facebook, you agree to hand them the ownership of anything you add to their website. Actually I am not sure that a case of Facebook claiming to own your name and birthday would hold up in court, but their ownership stops very close to that point. A very recent Wired article describes the new Social Ads to be possibly an illegal practice. IANAL and even more to the point I can't afford to hire one, so my strategy will have to be not to share anything I value.
I am really not against Facebook at all. It does not add much value to my life and I rarely visit. I do hope people become more careful about where they put their stuffs. I also hope that people do not get turned off to social networks altogether. After all, I am building a social site that will be much better than Facebook and will allow you to own your own stuff.
I do want to point out that the policy of this particular blog more closely mirrors the one at Facebook. Join this blog and all your stuffs are belong to me.
Should I have pointed that out earlier?
Looks like this week's big news across the Blogosphere is about Scobelizer getting himself banned from Facebook. I don't really have much of an opinion about that right now, except to say that everybody knew Facebook was a walled garden going in. I have not wasted much time on Facebook anyway, Twitter and IconBuffet waste all of my free time anyway.
What I would like to comment on is the apparent hypocrisy of Facebook, as explained in this post from Paul Buchheit. I have experienced some issues with data portability recently. It is one of those things that is cool and creepy at the same time.
I did try out the find friends feature on Facebook. Lucky for me the concept of handing out my Gmail password to another website was enough to put me on guard. I did change my Gmail password immediately. Facebook does state "We won't store your login or password or email anyone without your permission." I did not trust that too much given the way Facebook works. Who knows if I have already given them that permission?
I immediately regretted my decision. I did find one friend out of my hundreds of contacts. The horrifying thing was that FB was all too eager to send an invitation to everyone I had ever sent an email to. Business contacts and everything. It was way too much work to keep this from happening.
Just to prove that I am a slow learner, I did the exact same thing when I was playing with my new VOIP program. I don't really remember if Gizmo tried to spam everybody in my address book or not, but what it did do was log me out of my other chat program and transfer my chats over to it's own interface. It is possible that it would have been a Good Thing, but I was not ready at that time to make that move. Took a dig through their forums to set things right.
I am not against data portability at all, but at the moment it is all too easy for me to alert people such as the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspector that I just purchased T-Rex's "Bang The Gong" from Amazon.com. Looks like I need to pay attention here.
BTW I think I do like the Gizmo VOIP program despite the chat hijacking. It might be even more fun if somebody I knew had it. I am not quite ready to post the number here, but maybe someday I will. In the meantime, you can contact me about it if you like.
Here I give you my phone number
When you worry call me
I make you happy
In contrast to my real life, I seem to be something of a joiner. I always like to see what new things are being created and give them a try. I am listed as Old Skool on flickr, had my gmail account back when they gave out invites 5 at a time, and had a Wordpress.com address while they were still being sold on E-Bay. Add closed private beta to any site and I am right there asking for an invite.
A the moment I can hand out invites to a few of the new sites on the web. I got swamped over the weekend for invites to Wallop and there seems to be no end to the supply. If you would like an invite, simply leave a comment here and I will send one right off. Be sure and leave a working email! I also have 27 invites to Pownce and 5 to Streamy.
All these sites are interesting for different reasons, but I do most of my networking right at the good old IconBuffet. I invite you to join me there, too.
**EDIT: If you think I may be away from the computer or asleep (ha) or just can't stand the thought of giving me your email, there is a service at InviteShare that allows people to rewuest invites and have them filled. They even have some sites listed that I have never heard of. How did that happen?