In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Goodbye Facebook

It looks like this is going to be the last note I post to facebook. Around a week ago, a notice started popping up on my page which said that as of tomorrow facebook would be eliminating the RSS import feature on its notes. This is what I've been using to automatically convert Live Journal entries into facebook notes, and though the two aren't 100% compatible, at least the text and pictures go through. It was simple, easy, and basically allowed me to have my entries storied at both locations. That, is now coming to an end for unknown reasons.

I really am sort of baffled why facebook is making this change. I've never been one of those people who spazzout and run around like chickens with their heads cut off whenever facebook makes a change. In general, most of the changes have been minor and cosmetic despite the hyperbole you see in response whenever one is rolled out. If all the whackjobs who threaten to quit every time there's a layout change actually did, things might be a lot quieter. I ran across the following picture after the last spazzfest a couple months ago and it pretty well sums it up.

At the risk of being accused of hypocrisy though, I would say this case is different. This time around facebook really is removing some piece of functionality rather than just tweaking layout or their display algorithm. I can't see myself actually using the note system to make entries and so it probably means that my entries will no longer be x-posted and displayed there. Maybe there will be a jury rigged system around it but only time will tell.

In the end, it's probably not a huge big deal since I don't think all that many people on facebook read these anyway. Not that there are people lining up on the LJ end either. It's been more than apparent the whole blogging aspect of LJ has been dying for a while now once the place was no longer the cool place for teenage girls to angst about things. God only knows where all the teenyboppers have run off to now but all that's left are some of us old-timers and a whole heap of Russians. Feh. Pass the vodka, comrades.
Tags: blah, facebook, lj-related

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