Facebook's a Whack Ass Marketing Tool, Find Me on MySpace


This is too perfect not to share. Four years ago, I was peer pressured into joining Facebook. Now, I'm totally hooked but immediately following graduation, I was sent the following group invite from a classmate:

Group Name: peace out facebook

Group Description: "Well I am all grown up and graduated and I think it is time to leave this whack ass marketing tool behind me. I will be a slave no longer. In a day or two once I collect any pictures or correspondence off my account I might be wanting I will be leaving Facebook behind forever. So say your goodbyes!"

The group creator goes on to say (and this is definitely the punchline), "If you want to stay in touch, I'd love that, you can find me on MySpace. And with that I say farewell <3"

The group has 12 members and wall posts like:

Post 1: "wait wait wait wait...you're leaving facebook because its a marketing tool, but we can find you on myspace? im confused..."

Post 2: "Question.Is anyone who joined this group ACTUALLY going to quit facebook? Like, really? Com'n now. LOL"

Post 3 (from creator of group): "okay yes everyone i will still be on myspace, i know it seems like a big contradiction but it is what it is. facebook tricks you into applications owned by companies that sell your info, myspace what you see is what you get okay?"

I've considered joining just because this is so funny. I wonder if we'll see other classmates following suit. I've heard about a few. My brother and his girlfriend deleted their accounts and my roommate threatened to delete hers after she saw FB's feature in the iPhone ad as a sign of its over-commercialization. This is, however, the first time I've ever heard someone my age describe MySpace as the better option. I guess some people feel that incessant, obvious pop-up ads are better than "tricky" branded apps.

by Amanda Mooney    May-23-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Online, Social   

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So don't add the applications? It's not like they hide what happens when you add them. MySpace is a breeding ground for crap, imo; between fake profiles and spam, it's just not worth it.

I kept FB post grad as a way to keep in touch with my college friends. Now it's growing to business contacts and more. The logic that MySpace is better is extremely flawed.

Posted by: Shauna on May 23, 2008 11:28 AM

Yeah, I don't get the logic either:)

Posted by: Amanda Mooney on May 23, 2008 11:40 AM

Right. Let's start a new non-profit social networking site with no ads ever. Who wants to donate some venture capital?

Posted by: Jessie Birks on May 23, 2008 12:26 PM

social networking ... Hmmm ... pick up a phone and dial, no spam that way.

Posted by: Trenton on May 23, 2008 1:31 PM

@jessie - I don't have any cash but I'd help you on that one with time. Nice idea.

Posted by: Floyd Hayes on May 23, 2008 5:13 PM