An old saying says that few people go as unloved as left-handed stepchildren. Things don't get better for those poor, uncared-for souls as time goes on, either; when they grow up and try to get their World of Warcraft on, left-handed stepchildren quickly find themselves just as shunned by most gaming peripheral makers. We're not sure which hand Razer boss Min-Liang Tan writes with, but he's definitely thinking of the chil… um, left-handed gamers out there with his offer to create a southpaw Naga MMO mouse if the concept gets enough Facebook love.
An Israeli couple inspired by Facebook decided to name their newborn baby girl "Like" rather than Noa, Maya, or Tamar, which are currently three of the most popular names for girls in Israel, according to Osrael's Haaretz newspaper. This should hardly come as a surprise to anyone who knows Like's parents, Lior and Vardit Adler, who named their first two children Dvash (honey in Hebrew) and Pie, presumably for a love of cooking.
You can "like" things on Facebook, but apparently a huge number of users have been hankering to "dislike" things as well. This is the only conclusion to draw from the rapid spread of the newest scam on the world's top social networking site. The scam revolves around a Facebook application that calls itself "The Official Dislike Button." Here's how the scam works.
Users that install the app will be directed to a survey to complete before they can have the magical dislike button. The survey makes money for the scammers behind this charade. The app will post messages in the individual's news feed to attract more marks -er, users. After finishing up the survey, the app will redirect to a FireFox add-on called FaceMod that just adds a dislike button to the interface. It does not connect to the Facebook system in any way.
So far, a few hundred thousand people have installed the offending app. We also feel the need to point out that the app makes will get access to the users' information. So losing a few minutes completing a survey may not be the extent of the damage done. Has anyone seen this crop up in their news feed?
Lordy. It's hard to spend but a week surfing the Internet without seeing a group of people getting caught up in a situation that they've volunteered themselves into. And it would be remiss of me to go a single sentence further without mentioning the latest elephant in the room--Facebook.
I can't log into Facebook without seeing a growing number of my friends joining those silly little, "Facebook is opening up my entire life and I wish it was like it was back in 2005" groups/fan pages/whatever we're calling them now. But Dave's Comrades aren't the only ones joining in on the fun--tech pundits Jason Calacanis and Peter Rojas, amongst others, are nuking their accounts in protest as well! It's a Facebook meltdown!
Unlike the open-source world, where the concept of "something for nothing" is pretty widely understood and accepted--even by those that just download away and never contribute a single iota of code or absent thought to an application's development--the general Internet populace seems pretty peeved at an otherwise free service's attempts to branch out its offerings. This, in turn, leads to a stronger advertising platform and/or additional service expansions, but mainly the former. Facebook ain't charity, after all--the company has human overhead and server costs, to name a few, and it's not as if every status update magically conjures up a shiny nickel for Mark Zuckerberg.