0672: "Suggestions"

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0672: "Suggestions"

Postby cprocjr » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:10 am UTC


First: I was just thinking about how useless (and creepy) that feature is earlier today... So, Randall, get out of my head.
Second: I had time to refresh the forums multiple times, and then type out the alt-text by hand before posting this! I'm surprised nobody beat me.
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Re: Suggestions

Postby hbsmiley7 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:11 am UTC

Randall, get out of my head.

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Re: Suggestions

Postby Boaz » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:12 am UTC

I was a little surprised when Facebook suggested I poke my cousin!

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Re: Suggestions

Postby Simon17 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:13 am UTC

Randall, get out of my trunk!

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Re: Suggestions

Postby PhantomPhanatic » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:13 am UTC

Oh man, the Title text made me bust out laughing. I haven't laughed heartily at one of these in quite a while. Good show Randall.
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Re: Suggestions

Postby McLiarpants » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:17 am UTC

Great commic.

I thought I'd missed a day since I'm rarely up late enough on a work day to catch a new strip. I was like, where'd this come from?

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Re: Suggestions

Postby Omegaton » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:21 am UTC

My goodness, this new Facebook feature is one I'm not a fan of either.

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Re: Suggestions

Postby glasnt » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:28 am UTC

Facebook wanted me to reconnect with my boyfriend's mate's kittens.

Who I was currently petting on my lap.


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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby joee » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:37 am UTC

Facebook needs to learn that there's probablya reason I haven't talked to person X in however long

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Edit: glasnt, why do your boyfriend's mate's kittens have a FB page?
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Greatgreen » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:39 am UTC

Hilariously timed. Today Facebook told me to reconnect with my fiance. Who I live with.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Twistar » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:40 am UTC

Get out of my head, Randall.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby akssoon » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:48 am UTC

I know this isn't very creative, but

Randall get out of my HEAD (RGOOMH) +1

How the hell do you do that? :shock:

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby petafile » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:50 am UTC

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:02 am UTC

It does this? I wonder if it'll make a few such suggestions for me... potentially awkward. :-/
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:04 am UTC

Oh man, facebook is designed to alienate you from everyone you thought you knew.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby qwerty » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:07 am UTC

I'm surprised Randall finally made a comment without naming the girl Megan

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby lulzfish » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:08 am UTC

Greatgreen wrote:Hilariously timed. Today Facebook told me to reconnect with my fiance. Who I live with.

Turn the webcam on so I can watch.

Yeah, these are useless. There's a reason why I "haven't talked to such-and-such in a while". It's because I have nothing to talk to them about.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby alchemistique » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:09 am UTC

Seriously it is a pretty creepy feature.

It told me to "reconnect" with my mother once. I talk to her every day, so stfu Facebook.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby phillipsjk » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:24 am UTC

I don't know how accurate those screenshots are (college humor), but it looks like people are encouraged to try interacting with people who don't use Facebook much. A bit of a conflict of interest I think.

Reading between the lines, I get the impression the Facebook popularity is dropping. The software has no way of knowing when you stop interacting through Facebook and interact in the "real world" instead (as a few people have mentioned).

Disclaimer: I don't use Facebook. I did create a Myspace page for a specific purpose, but haven't touched it in over a year (could be deleted by now). I think from a technical point of view, Facebook is better: they actually use encryption for logging in. I think their HTML is better too.

Myspace: 63 errors, 20 warnings.
Facebook: 40 errors (0 warnings)

To be fair, it appears Myspace has more content on the opening page.
Though, the famously simple Google has 42 errors, 2 warnings. One of those 2 warnings: "Using experimental feature: HTML5 Conformance Checker."
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Kain » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:46 am UTC

Its telling me to reconnect with my freshman year RA. Hmm... I don't really intend to lock myself out of my room again, and besides getting him to let me into my room, I never really associated with him.
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Dargon Cophe » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:58 am UTC

Is it me, or is the profile picture a frame from a previous comic about "not taking responsibility for someone else's happiness"?

EDIT:http://www.xkcd.com/383/ Maybe?
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby tzar1990 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:58 am UTC

That feature can be somewhat... disturbing sometimes. Recently, it started telling me to add the girl I had a huge crush on all thorough middle school as a friend, since we had so much in common. Ah well, I suppose the feature could be handy if you want to catch up with someone you haven't seen in a while.
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby FCN » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:01 am UTC

It really gets weird when you see that her parents have 'liked' the suggestion.
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:02 am UTC

Amused, also this is a bit close to home at the moment.
The ity bitty sex icon is impressive.
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby NonesuchPlace » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:08 am UTC

Facebook has utterly creep'd me out before the whole "You should reconnect with so-and-so" schtick.

Facebook has consistently recommended that I friend a girl that I haven't seen in years, who knows no-one that I know (is friended by no-one I know either,) lives halfway across the country (and has never lived near me,) and shares almost nothing in the way of interests with me. I met her on one of my travels, and got invited out her way (Dallas, TX) later. I proceeded to get scorned as only someone from the Northeast can, and we just never spoke after that (had no reason to.) Hell, I even used a different email address back then.

So how the hell did Facebook figure out that we had some sort of connection?

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby domino14 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:09 am UTC

the alt text sounds a lot like dinosaur comics :)

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby TheWaterBear » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:14 am UTC

petafile wrote:CollegeHumor did it.


This. A very disappointing Monday comic :(

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Max2009 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:41 am UTC

See? This is why I don't do facebook.
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby mrbaggins » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:47 am UTC

I was expecting it to be computer savvy girl (Is that megan? Or BHgirl?) working hack-magic to get the guy to say hi. But that would be not just creepy, but kinda cute, which is totally not their play style.
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby TheHand » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:05 am UTC

Yeah, I hear that. Some people I see on there I have no interest in getting in touch with again.

But I still consider them my friends. :)

But others you would like to get in touch with, but you know you shouldn't.

I consider them my enemies.

Only half joking!

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Al-pocalypse » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:19 am UTC

Get out of my head randall!
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Zak McKracken » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:43 am UTC

Sometimes I'd like to get a facebook account only to be able to understand these jokes. But then something about facebooks jokes tells me not to, so I think I'll happily continue living in ignorance.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Dobblesworth » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:01 am UTC

I get buzzed to reconnect more with peeps I have friended as a formality, but I know are those that only log in every 6 months or so to accept new friend requests, read birthday greetings from 3 months back, then move on. One guy I'm being told to go find him a profile picture because his is blank.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Krazywrath » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:10 am UTC

Yeah, this feature does seem quite annoying at times...
It would be quite awkward to see this pop up for an ex. xD

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Plasma Man » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:40 am UTC

Wow... This is one of the best ones in a while. It really got to me.
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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby SirMustapha » Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:56 am UTC

Randall Munroe makes a joke about Facebook getting creepier and creepier. He should take a look at his own webcomic one of these days. :)

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby icelizarrd » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:01 pm UTC

Facebook has been telling me to add (an account that claims to be) David Bowie as a friend for months now. I'm not really sure why.

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Ah, thanks, knew I'd seen this same idea before. Couldn't remember where.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Svix » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:04 pm UTC

So true! Oh and stop telling me to suggest a profile picture for my aunt, she obviously doesn't use the thing.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby Nyktos » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:09 pm UTC

alchemistique wrote:It told me to "reconnect" with my mother once. I talk to her every day, so stfu Facebook.

This has happened to me as well.

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Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:12 pm UTC

I decided about a year or two ago (3?) to quit facebook. I had my account deactivated but they make it very very hard for you to get RID of your account completely. They just wont DELETE you without a longer process.

Then about 4 months ago I got an email that I had reactivated my account. Apparently all that you need to do to reactivate an account is to know the email address it was started with. That's it. No password. No nothing. So someone (or creepier, Facebook) reactivated an account I had tried to kill years ago.

And they could do it to you. Ever had a Facebook account? Someone know your email address? Guess what... Black Hat guy is going to reactivate it for you.

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