07 August 2007

Faffing about with Facebook

Facebook doesn't love me, at all.

For two or three days it was letting me in on either of two passwords, but forcing me to sign in all over again to access stuff like my own settings. Just for a giggle, it would then decide both passwords were incorrect, leaving me signed in enough to edit my profile or send emails, but locked out of everything else.

Eventually a very nice, very helpful woman got to my request for help and decided to reset my password. Obviously, it goes without saying, that the Facebook app had JUST settled down and started to behave itself, a day before help arrived. Equally obviously, the new password is a short mix of letters and numbers that mean nothing to me. I don't like writing passwords down any more than I like relying on my Firefox password manager.

But that's OK, right? Because now I have a new password and Facebook is behaving itself, all I have to do is go into my account settings and pick a new one. And she is very nice and helpful and now that I have her attention she answers emails really fast.


Except now if I click on account settings it boots me back out to the sign-in page. It LETS me sign in (that's an improvement) but only back to my profile page, from whence I must click a link to the account settings page, at which point it boots me out again. And so on and so forth.

Does anyone have any better ideas? I have cleared the cache and cookies every five seconds, it seems, to no avail. I have rebooted the machine. I have even done a little dance of supplication, forced a smile and begged it, please, please, with sugar and a cherry on top, to pull its chubby finger out of its sweaty butt and just fucking function be nice and work for me.

Oh, and just to make everything lovely in the garden, an Aussie newspaper has pointed out that the popularity of facebook and the race to supply add-ons has opened the door for malicious code, and identity theft.

You download an add-on, and you effectively swap outside software for all your personal details, which are then subject to that third party's privacy policy, so you could, technically, buy a computer virus, by handing over the rights to use your details for any purpose. I've been adding on things like the graffiti wall and the Vampire app; all the fun stuff, and I've never even noticed a link to terms & cons or a privacy policy. Oh trollocks.

I am so frickin depressed with it now.


(I only signed up because of these guys)


Steg said...

I wouldn't worry too much. it sounds like another typical newspaper "beware the internet ooh the world is ending" story.

Were any of the popular applications for Facebook riddled with malicious code I have faith that "someone" would do "something". How naive is that?

Of course the fact that it's messing you around isn't good. Virtual kick in the pants required, I feel.

ZBTzahBTzoo said...

Off to try to figure out how to cancel my facebook account.

Giving you chocolate to soothe you, and tickling you to make you laugh...

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Ooh, she's on facebook - oooh canna be yer friend, canna please, miss! Canna throw a sheep at ya, or send you candy?

There's been some "scary" stuff going on about facebook - I did a post about it - a week or so ago. I think the principle is, as with all things internet, proceed with discernment.