Facebook Bait and Switch

I rarely use Facebook, and when I do I usually just check to see what my friends and family are up to. So, I completely missed a big change. A Facebook application I hadn’t really ever used, but had installed, called My Aquarium, got bought out.

The only reason I noticed this was because I suddenly was getting notices from an application called SpeedDate. According to the new owners they were “changing the focus and function” of the application.

I’m shocked Facebook allowed something like this. This is essentially an insanely ridiculous form of bait and switch. It’s like getting on a bus to go downtown and halfway there the driver announces that bus company was bought out and now the bus is a gym and you are now a member. It makes no sense.

Or as tardate put it “Kind of like if Microsoft came along and bought up Adobe then sent an email to all Photoshop users saying they must all upgrade to Excel. Can you imagine the consumer revolt that would cause?”

All said, I think this is really bad for Facebook, as it hurts the site’s credibility.


Clinton Calls Out Repblicans on Bait and Switch

Former President Bill Clinton was on CNN last night calling a Republican party move as he saw it. I admire a person who has the courage to take a public stance and say what he or she feels needs to be said and does so intelligently. So when Clinton pointed out what he called “feigned outrage” over’s Petraeus ad saying that it was disingenuous that the same folks in the republican party who became indignant are the ones that sought to smear the patriotism of war vetrans like Max Cleland, John Kerry, and John McCain. The most insidious instance of the three being the portrayal of Cleland with Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. Let’s not forget also that it was members of the Republican party who gave us the term swiftboating.