Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Dilbert comic strip for 02/10/2011 from the official Dilbert comic strips archive.


Those out of my industry may think OMG FACEBOOK SUX LOL!!!!

Those that us that program for the web went FFS NOT AGAIN!

And please, don't start about how we (and Scott) are overreacting about Facebook. The problem isn't really Facebook, the problem is everyone else.

Why?

Facebook is making obscene amounts of dough by keeping captive audiences that for most part don't spent money except for example game credits and that kind of thing. They then turn around and get what is probably even more money from dumbass advertisers that are terrified of missing out on this captive audience.

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBaseWhile I am concerned that Ivette is a degenerate Facebook addict that plays stupid games that I can't figure out their appeal, it is no different than the time *I* spend playing video games that Ivette sees as stupid and SHE can't figure out their appeal. If people want to spent money playing, I can't judge them.

What really irks me is the companies falling prey to this Facebook scam. While the end users at least get entertainment out of using Facebook, these companies are being sold a bill of goods.

When was the last time that you saw an ad that ended with "visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/companyname"? Why in the hell would anyone find it easier to go to facebook.com/toyota than to toyota.com? Or facebook.com/dell instead of dell.com? It's IDIOTIC.

Worse, it creates annoying circular references. You go to facebook.com/companyname and basically it says:

  1. Hey, we are on Facebook!
  2. Go to our website at companyname.com!
  3. (optional) Here's a sale/discount coupon code/deal of the week/etc.
That's all you get. And worse, if you go to companyname.com it has a fucking facebook logo and it says HEY WE ARE ON FACEBOOK!!!

This makes no damn sense, especially knowing that they are basically paying Facebook for a longer route to find their products/services.