It’s 2025… We renew our driver’s licenses through Facebook… We vote for President through a Facebook application… And Elvis has come home!
Seriously, aren’t these Facebook applications taking over everyone’s favorite social network? I feel left in the dust. I was just getting the hang of adding friends, changing my status, and updating my profile picture. I haven’t a clue what many of these gidgets do.
Facebook applications blog
Aptly named, Best Facebook Applications will review and discuss different Facebook applications. Brett only introduced the project a few days ago, yet he’s already plowed through a load of different apps. From my discussions with him, it sounds like he’s off to a great start!
My first application
Due to Brett’s blog, I decided to give an application a try. The Compass looked interesting, and I was curious if it would accurately portray my political viewpoint.
After answering the pithy 10 questions, my compass came out slightly to the right of “moderate.” I almost cried. I’d almost rather be liberal than moderate. I’m nothing, if not opinionated and polarized! The compass definitely doesn’t match with my self-selected Facebook political viewpoint of “Very Conservative.”
The problem (as I see it) is that you really can’t pin a person’s political ideology with 10 simple questions. The single most important issue to me in this world is abortion. Here’s the only question on the subject:
Except in rare instances, such as when a woman’s life is threatened, abortion should be illegal:
I had to pick whether I strongly agree, disagree, don’t care, etc. Well, I’m so conservative on the issue that I can’t even agree with that statement. Without getting into a debate here, I’m a no-exceptions guy. I ended up selecting “strongly agree,” but I hope this illustrates the point I’m making. Even on an issue where I have strong feelings, which should be easily categorized, I don’t think the compass succeeded. The softer issues are a mess waiting to happen.
If you have any thoughts on Facebook applications (love ‘em, hate ‘em, want more), drop a quick comment below. I love talking with you!
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