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  •  I rarely bite on this level of hyperbole (14+ / 0-)

    but in this case I'll make an exception.

    There are far too many issues with Facebook to enumerate in one Diary. I have little doubt that messing with threaded comments causes all sorts of issues, but they are simply the latest of many.

    Facebook deciding that I don't need to see everything I said I needed to see is about the worst, along with the quite appalling layout of Timeline.

    We can't be far from the end of Facebook, and a better social media.

    I will not miss it.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:48:34 PM PST

    •  I can guarantee we're near the end of Facebook, (18+ / 0-)

      because I just joined a week ago (to help with job search things).  Once I've signed up, a thing is officially over.

    •  RumorMonger (2+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, wader

      Back at the dawn of time (circa 1990), there was a somewhat unsanctioned experiment in social media, in the guise of an early experiment in distributed peer-to-peer networking technology.

      Called RumorMonger, one could enter short messages similar to what we now call tweets, and each computer would stochastically share messages with other computers on the network.

      Random messages would just show up, virally, depending on which machines decided to share the message with which other machines.  Delivery of any particular message to any particular participant was never guaranteed, and messages could show up unexpectedly after long periods of latency (days or weeks) and lacking any context.

      The experiment was summarily terminated about the time someone anonymously seeded an actual rumor about a personal relationship involving one or more managers at the corporation that operated the network.

      Anyway, the relevance of this anecdote is that by its nature, RumorMonger was not designed to be useful for any sort of threaded conversation.  Therefore, RumorMonger even 20 years ago was already murdering dogs.

      "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

      by craiger on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:35:09 PM PST

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      •  No, because (1+ / 0-)
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        twigg

        that is passive, not the product of an active decision that is reversible. The experiment is only being conducted on a few pages. It is not system-wide. It can be easily adjusted.

        By your logic, I am killing dogs by grocery shopping later today. The two are not related.

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