If You Can’t Beat Facebook, Join Them Wholeheartedly.

Like The Anti-Social Media on FacebookIn history, there are times when bands of small, determined people overcame insurmountable odds to survive and change history.  The Greeks held back the overwhelming forces of the Persians in the battle of Thermopylae. The Maccabees overcame the Seleucid Empire, and now we have Hanukah. The cast of Jersey Shore overcame decency and common sense and are all stars, and have forever ruined my idea of anything coming from New Jersey.

I am not one of those people so determined to change the world, whether through brute force or through extreme use of a tanning bed.

So, with Facebook redesigning profiles yet again, I decided to get my act together and redesign The Anti-Social Media Facebook page.  By redesign, I really only added a Welcome tab for people who come to the page for the first time. I tried really hard with that.  If you don’t “like” my page yet, you better get your act together and “like” it or I’m gonna come over and give you a “liking” you won’t forget.

Also, I’m now a “Facebook Developer.” I don’t know exactly what that means beyond the fact I am one. I haven’t sold my soul, or cut off my left pinky, or given anything to Facebook beyond lots of personal data and hours of my life I will never get back (just like everyone else).

Finally, I decided to give in. I added the “like” button to the bottom of my posts. If I can’t bring Facebook down from my blog on the outside, maybe I can from the inside.

Or maybe Facebook will cannibalize my ideas in front of my very own eyes. It’s not like Zuckerberg hasn’t done that before.

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5 Responses to “If You Can’t Beat Facebook, Join Them Wholeheartedly.”

  1. Jonathan December 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    The annoying thing about the continuous redesigns is that Facebook jettisons cool stuff every time, like the little box below your profile pic. I’ve been using that in the FB pages I manage and on my personal profile as a link to websites to drive web traffic, but it’s nowhere to be found in the new profile. Just leave it be for a little while, Zuck!

    • Jay December 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

      Maybe Zuck redesigns profiles all the time as a metaphor for how the nature of a friendship a person’s identity is constantly changing.

      Or maybe he just hates all of us.

  2. Joe Blend December 9, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I’m curious as to what his qualifications are for running Facebook and making, or at least approving, these kinds of changes?

    Don’t misunderstand me: I like the new Facebook design. It’s more visually appealing and is doing a good job of streaming a person’s life via text updates and images. However, Zuckerberg/Facebook have made decisions in the past that pissed a lot of people off so I’m wondering what skills and experience he has that qualifies him to make “sound” decisions for Facebook?

    • Jay December 9, 2010 at 10:41 am #

      I think the $7 billion he’s made as CEO and founder of Facebook count for something. Otherwise, I don’t know. Maybe his enthusiasm for adding a social layer to everything?

  3. Joe Blend December 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm #


    I just haven’t heard a lot about what makes him so incredibly qualified to do this job. Granted, I haven’t read every article about him nor can I discount your point about his income and current title of CEO and founder. However, I can’t help thinking that he either has an innate ability to understand social media and develop/apply new/existing social technology to online experiences or, he is winging it while supported by an impressive amount of consultants.

    Hey, I could be wrong…but until someone steps up with concrete proof that I am wrong, I certainly have a good chance at being right.

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