OK, I while back I tried to get on the Facebook train. Really, I did. Unfortunately I had two problems:
1) Facebook assumes you have a university email at every school you've ever attended. Not so. My old film school, Watkins, I'm sure does have email now. However, back when I attended, bachelor accreditation was still pending, the school was in an old Woolworth's in downtown Nashville, etc. This was just before the first dotcom boom! Facebook, you're all "collegey" so don't say you never heard when you assume, you make an ass of u and me. That was lame, I know. But forcing me to use an email that never existed? Pretty lame.
2) OK, given this little "problem" when I signed up I was forced to use my ITT Tech email (where I worked as an instructor at the time). Well, now it looks like I actually graduated from ITT, and my "network" is one of our over 60 campuses, somewhere in Texas or something. WHA? That's just silly. So I'm going to change this, but it's a crappy way to start.
My final issue is still happening, and I've no idea how to fix it. My real alma mater is the University of Tennesee, right here in Knoxville. However, searching for any combination of UT, University of Tennesee, Knoxville, etc. yields NO results. Really? Gosh Facebook, hard to imagine that with 26,000 students flowing through the school multiplied by the number of years I was there, added to the number of years since THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN ANY UT GRADS SMART ENOUGH TO FIGURE OUT YOUR STUPID WEBSITE?
No, I know you can't find them. Your search sucks. Your feeble attempts at folksonomy suck. It's easier to find my friends on MySpace, and MySpace has all the graceful functionality of a Soviet-era milking machine. And when you give me the option to search within results when there were no results? That makes me think you hired a guy that couldn't cut it at Microsoft because MSN Search was just "too hard to make work."
So, you know where my school is? Under the Tennessee network! Of course, how stupid of me. Despite the fact that more and more non-college students are using Facebook, they still seem to think ONLY college kids are using the damn thing.
But the bottom line is, my alma mater, the school I got my fancy bachelor's at, I can't join the network. No Tennessee for me! No, because I haven't fired up a VAX system in over 10 years, nor have I checked my @utk.edu account in a decade, I will never be able to join... That's completely idiotic, and that's why you will rarely find me doing anything on Facebook. When you kill the primary use of your website and treat your users like interlopers, you pretty much suck from head to toe.
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