Don’t send me messages on Facebook!
Don’t send me messages on Facebook — use e-mail instead.
E-mail is simpler, better, faster, as one of our banks used to say. Facebook is like the bank now, inspired, motivated, involved — very involved.
This morning I received an message from a friend about a Facebook discussion on darkie English. I’m always interested in questions of language and usage, so I loaded up my web browser, and went to have a look. There were a few interesting points there, and I thought of a few more, and wrote a blog post about it, Darkies discuss darkie English on Facebook.
Then I wanted to make a comment to my friend, but when I tried to send it, this is what I got from Facebook:
Well, I wrote “both words” in the box like they said, and just got a repeat of the message. I tried a couple of different words, but that didn’t help either. Even tried writing “dva slova”. No dice.
Perhaps they were displaying the words they wanted me to enter, but if so their colour scheme was white words on a white background, i.e. invisible.
I didn’t try the “audio CAPTCHA”, because the computer I was using doesn’t have speakers. I use it early in the morning when the rest of the family is still sleeping, and don’t want to wake everyone up because some webmasters think it’s cool to blast sounds at people while they’re browsing their web sites.
So I gave up, looked up my friends e-mail address, and replied to the Facebook notification, using his address.
But it really would have been better to send an e-mail in the first place.
Simpler, better faster, as the bank used to say.
But now Facebook is inspired and motivated to make everything involved.
Like the bank.
We paid off our mortgage to the bank 10 years ago, and they are STILL charging us an “administration fee”. That shows how inspired, motivated and involved the whole thing is.
Gripes over, for today.