In the Loop

Grown-ups ruin Facebook, what's next?

Posted at 11:00 AM on October 8, 2007 by Sanden Totten

The Internet hates to keep a good thing to its self. After all, if you're going to have a paradigm changing medium, it should change across all boards, right? . . . I guess so, but does my dad *really* need a Facebook account?

An article on CNNMoney.com announces a new Facebook feature that allows members to sort their contacts into one of two categories: friend or business contact. Not only does this cause problems for those misguided fools among us who were once labeling co-workers as friends, it's the start to what could be a bigger change in Facebook's style. Facebook is apparently taking aim at business networking, hoping to use its platform to help salary men keep their acquaintances straight and show off their resumes.

The down side of all this, as Nicolas Carr points out on his blog, is that catering to the adults of the world is making Facebook lame:

"Now that Facebook is taking itself seriously, the site is being given a hasty intellectual makeover . . . Like a college senior heading off to his first job interview, it's being forced into an ill-fitting suit jacket."

Carr notes that fake profiles like ones for Greta Garbo and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter are being wiped out by Facebook administrators. Other such changes are sure to come.

But don't adults have a sense of fun too? Shouldn't you be more likely to get hired if an employer sees that you are pals with the great Garbo? At least it'll let them know that the person they are about to hire isn't a total square . . . That should count for something. After all, work doesn't have to be all business all the time.

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