Facebookers condemned to Hell Lite
Seventh circle of social networking
As Facebook tests a new slimmed-down version of its site with users in the US and India, many are complaining they have no way of getting back to the original beefy version.
Mark Zuckerberg and company rolled out their Facebook Lite beta in mid-September, testing a version of the social-networking time-sink designed specifically for slow net connections. Some have praised the new site's simpler look and feel - among other things, it does away with old-school Facebook applications - but other testers are less than enamored with the beta, and countless users say they're unable to remove themselves.
"plz ya do somthn abt ds shit facebook lite!!!" writes one user. "its been two dayz dat m nt able to use my account!!! ask dese facebook ppl to help us out!!! its becoz of some of their employyes we r stuck into ds situation….. plzzzz help us out!!!"
Nishanth Bhushan, a user based in India, previewed the Lite site not long after it was released here. Then, around 25 September, he found that the Lite page opened every time he visited facebook.com, and he had no way of reverting to Facebook, um, Classic. And according to posts here and here, many are complaining of similar problems.
Some say they can revert from the beta simply by retyping the facebook.com url. Others say they're only able to revert by flushing their cache and cookies. And still others, like Bhushan, are trapped in Lite hell. "Facebook lite officially sucks," writes one user. "It is the worst thing to have happened on the internet ever."
Though Bhushan and others have attempted to contact Facebook, the company has yet to respond. Nor has it responded to inquiries from The Reg.
Bhushan tells The Reg he's even gone so far as to flush his DNS cache, and has tried accessing his account from a new machine with a new browser. But more than a week later, his Facebook is still Lite.
Naturally, Facebook now includes a Facebook group calling itself Facebook Lite Sucks. ®
Ray Bradbury predicted all this years ago!
TYME SEFARI INC.
SEFARIS TU ANY YEER EN THE PAST.
YU NAIM THE ANIMALL.
WEE TAEK YU THAIR.
YU SHOOT ITT.
Social (Outcasts') Networking
"communication can be so much more than holding down 'shift' and beating the keyboard with your elbows"
-- genius! You owe me a new keyboard....
As for facebook** itself, it is useful to two exactly two groups of people:
1) those who have such mundane real lives that being given a virtual goldfish to put on your virtual mantelpiece is the highlight of their week.
2) people who haven't understood the concept of e-mail, or photo-sharing sites.
Everyone else who has the misfortune to feel a need to join up did so because someone that knows them falls into one of the above categories.
** I really dislike the necessary lack of capitalisation, but that's one of its more minor crimes against humanity.
When I first read the article, my initial reaction was to let the illiterate shite rot in his own vile spew and not even bother to explain that communication can be so much more than holding down 'shift' and beating the keyboard with your elbows.
Having read the comments however, it seems that some people really do feel that accessability and choice of a website's version is a real issue. I am almost persuaded to have a look just to see what it's all about. Im almost genuinely fascinated by the importance some people attach to facebook.
Are they all recovering addicts and this is their methadone? I have an addictive personality and dont want to become hooked.