When that annoying thing works...

There's a commercial that plays on satellite radio with a jingle that's a really annoying earworm (no, not Kars-4-kids, but just as sticky).

I am about to sign up to use the service.

Dammit! The annoying jingle worked because when I realized I needed this, it's what came immediately to mind.

I feel... icky.

Facebook's Ham Hands

To have an application autopost to Facebook requires that you give Facebook access to your web site and allow their "engineer" to log in and test your app. These are, without exception, clueless and underpaid non-technical people in third-world countries.

I've gotten all of my applications approved after much angst.

What I didn't do was turn off Facebook's access after. Now they are asking that access stay open and they pop in every month or so and post a test.

  1. This test gets on my production web sites, cluttering it. They don't remove the post afterwards.
  2. This test goes to all of the pages and groups that get the autopost, again, creating garbage. They don't remove these, either.
  3. The last time they did this, I didn't even notice. They did it wrong. It broke the auth token and my system hasn't been autoposting for over a week now.

I'm beside myself with distain.

With billions of users, Facebook owns this market. There won't be a "MySpace Event" that unseats Facebook. Ever. The only way they'll lose their dominance is if we get decentralized social feeds, much like we have a decentralized web of HTML sites.

We need a social protocol like HTML and browsers that support it.

We then need unassailable identity verification (or proper anonymity) and a protocol for creating a social graph (think "your friends" or "your followers" and such).

At that point, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, et. al. become obsolete and the users take back their content and control.

It'll be another 3-5 years.

Let's Be Clear...

They aren't conspiracy theories. They are conspiracy hypotheses. A theory actually requires some intellectual rigor.

Professionalism At "Work"

There have been more than just a few instances where interactions "at work" have gotten a little too personal or awkward for my tastes. Nothing with me, thankfully, but I've seen it in meetings.

Now that we're all working from home, I think I know what it might be - we're working in the same place we live and play. To me, this often makes work feel more informal. We work in our pajamas (or less). We can get up and go into the bedroom to get something. Lunch is from our kitchen.

I think, perhaps, it's natural to feel more informal while working, perhaps subconsciously, and this leads to violations of work protocols and professionalism.

This is probably obvious to everyone else, but it just occurred to me ;)

Comedy

You know what I'm missing? Improv comedy. Not that I got to go all that often, but now that there's no theater at all, I miss comedy shows. When things start up again, it's high on my list to re-engage.

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