Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

Where can we live but days?

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Platform 9 and 3/4
It's odd, isn't it? Every time LJ does something stupid (and it does), people talk about how it's the end of the platform, and they're high-tailing it off to Dreamwidth, or wherever. Sometimes they go, sometimes they stay.

By contrast, since I've been on Facebook it's been clusterfuck after clusterfuck. The arrangement of newsfeeds, privacy settings, how adverts are placed, what names people are allowed to use, all these things are regularly interfered with without warning or apparent justification, other than the whim of Zuckerberg. Imagine if LJ decided that pictures of breastfeeding mothers weren't allowed! There'd be more flouncing than in a Victorian haberdasher's. Yet FB gets away with all this and more (as well as being a vastly inferior platform in terms of threading, linking, etc.), without - well, I wouldn't say without a grumble, but certainly without a mass exodus to MySpace. Strange, n'est-ce pas?

I know. And the other day I couldn't even view my Facebook page at all. On googling, I discovered that the "White Screen of Death" is a problem that's been occurring for at least five years. None of the suggested fixes fixed it, though eventually, after nearly 24 hours my page returned. And let's not even get into the banning of people for posting photos of novelty knitted elephant underpants with willie warmer trunk. There was absolutely no bare flesh visible, yet I saw two people banned for several days for posting the photo in question.

And yet, as you say, most of these people flouncing off to Dreamwidth have Facebook accounts they use without a murmur.

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