Problematic Permissioning

Ah Facebook.  You and I have had an on-off love affair for many years now.  First you were a simple but useful tool for organising parties at university.  Then you allowed a bunch of random American teenagers to spam friend requests around and you broke my heart.  I remember the arguments most of all: you would constantly ask what I wanted to do with my life, did I want to be a vampire or a werewolf?  I just ignored you …  But then the reconciliation came.  Mobile platforms sprung up and suddenly I wanted Facebook again.  Mobile versions of Facebook condensed down the simple parts that I appreciated all those years ago.  When I finally got to the Android version of Facebook, I knew it wasn’t perfect, but I accepted it.  It was passable.

Where am I going with this preamble (or ramble …)?  Well, first off I wanted to make it clear that I don’t have anything against Facebook.  It’s become fashionable over the years to knock and dismiss Facebook and I don’t really get this – I think it’s one of the best of its genre of service.  Having said this, over the years there have been some spectacular mistakes made with Facebook.  This week they seem to have triumphed again with the 1.6 update to the Android app. …