There is an emerging wave of crap on the Internet. No I’m not talking about viruses or ad-ware… I’m talking about “friend” sites. The original one being Friendster, followed by Orkut and a few others. The most recent is the Facebook for university students.
I’m still trying to figure out the point of these sites. Sure, I join them. I was happy when I was invited into Orkut early on, because I was one of the firsts and it is done by Google. But really there is absolutely 0 point to these sites. You join. And then you wait to see who invites you as your friend. Oh boy… a new friend… that puts me up to 65. Seriously. Give me a break. I read peoples profiles as if they are going to give me a glimpse of who that person really is. And the biggest faux pas of anyone on this site is to add me as a friend when I hardly know you. Some people even have the nerve to add you if you’ve never spoken to them. Sure that’s great if you are trying to get your friend count past 75 to declare your social status… whatever. To me it’s an insult.
The truth of the matter is this: The Internet is great for trying experiments, and etc. If these sites were used for actual engagement in meeting people then hoorah… but for the most part they are just another site where people get together to do absolutely nothing. I should delete my accounts with Orkut and Facebook… but then I wouldn’t have any friends.
Do you think right after the creation of the Internet, people where like, “I’m going to start a ‘website’ where people can buy fetus versions of their favorite comic book and cartoon characters.”? Well somebody did. Check it out at http://www.fetopia.net/ . You are in for a treat.
Ever have problems finding a file on your computer? Using Windows XP’s built in search can be time consuming. Well, luckily my friends at google have created a powerful tool for searching things on your computer in like uber quick time. What’s even better, it searches through e-mail messages (if you use an e-mail client) and instant messages (if you use the dreaded AIM).
November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to complete a 50,000 word novel starting on November 1st, and finish it by 11:59 on November 30th. I’m going to try to give this a whirl, and post each day’s writing via Blogger. I think every one should try it. I have no idea what I’m going to write about… I’ll probably fail… but who knows. I’ll probably end up writing the greatest thing in existance.