Oneupweb : Facebook—My Love/Hate Relationship

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I did it. After five years of intentional avoidance, I did it. I joined my friends and coworkers on Facebook, reluctantly I might add.

I joined because I had to. As a developer, Facebook requires that an individual person represent their apps. That means that business pages aren’t eligible to request new app IDs.

So with much hesitation I signed myself up for a profile. I clicked the submit button with shivering hands while sweating bullets (drastic over exaggeration), and what I saw both scared and shocked me.

Pictures of people who I was friends with in school. Friends who had no link to my email address, nor did they know me by my given name. If I lived in a smaller town I wouldn’t be so surprised, but narrowing the thousands of people in the area from my generation, down to just a few choice friends, is a little freaky to me.

So now, that being my first impression, imagine how I felt when I had to confirm that I’m a real person; a requirement for all Facebook developers. They gave me a choice, submit my mobile phone number, or my credit card info. Naturally I chose the phone, but I was uneasy about it nonetheless. I immediately received a secret code which confirmed my existence as a human being (or at least my ability to mimic human behavior).

It’s official, set in intellectual stone. I am on Facebook. Whether I use it for anything more than just development remains to be seen, but you can expect great things to surface in the way of apps in the coming weeks.

On a side note, the Open Graph, Javascript SDK and FQL have all been exceptionally well designed and documented. A HUGE leap of improvement from the old developer wiki days of FBML. But I’ll write more on that as these projects pan out.

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Name: Allie Crippen Position: Graphic Designer What’s your average day like at Oneupweb? Coffee. Reading up on design/UX blogs or a daily sketch. Then diving into daily tasks or projects I’m working on, lots of snacking, and laughing with my coworkers. Tell us about your favorite Oneupweb moment. It’s hard to choose one, especially being...

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