If there is, I’ve never seen or heard of it.
I’ve largely come around on Facebook as the only efficient way to keep up with people who don’t share my love of things nerdy. That includes about 99% of my friends and every member of my family over 13.
The fact is that Facebook is simply inevitable. Resistance is both futile and isolating.
But Facebook has a huge problem. No it’s not the fact that Microsoft saved Facebook from itself by taking the bait and grossly overpaying for Skype. It’s the apps.
It’s the fact that none of them are worth a crap. I have spent far more time filtering out stupid Facebook apps than I have using them. In fact, I have 74 apps filtered out of my Facebook stream. The list grows constantly.
From Hearts to Hugs to Best Friend Quiz to Egg Buddies to anything Ville to Mafia Wars to various sweepstakes. None of it is worth a crap, and all of it is junk. Unless I want to become a mouse clicking zombie in service to some developer’s bank account, not one of them benefits me in any way.
It’s the fact that it seems like most Facebook apps are malware. I am now conditioned to look for a warning- “Do not click on this or that”- whenever I see an appish-looking post in my Facebook stream. Facebook apps have the same trust level as links in spam.
It’s the fact that, even if an app is technically not malware, you have no idea what it can access, and what it, in turn, discloses and to whom. You have more privacy at a nudist camp that you do on Facebook.
In sum, the entire Facebook app ecosystem is broken.
It needs to be demolished and rebuilt from the ground up. There’s just no way to salvage any kind of trust out of the chaos that Facebook has created. Facebook needs to take a page from Apple’s book and worry about protecting its users, not serving them up as fodder to scammers and shady apps.
It should happen. But until people vote with their filters, it probably won’t.