In MMOs, I am a strong advocate of grouping. However, even though I often think that people who want to play a game with thousands, or millions, of other people and NOT play with them is a bit silly, I’ve never faulted a game for allowing that style of play (though I will fault them for making solo play the “best” way to play in every aspect – I’m looking at you, World of Warcraft, you and your game from level 1 to 85). I am, at the core, all about options.
That would be why this makes me so mad. Plenty of people out there use multiple social networks, and to make things easier they try to link them together so they can make one update and have it show up everywhere. Facebook has decided that they would like to marginalize certain types of this synchronizing. If I click that link that says “See 19 more posts from Twitter” it will expand and show me around 2 days worth of Twitter updates, completely out of their proper order in my feed.
Now, I understand, on some level, what Facebook is trying to achieve. People who play games are often inundated with “spam” from those games and so Facebook decided it would try to clean things up by grouping updates from Applications. Twitter is an Application.
The fault here is that there is no option to not group updates from Applications. This is what I get, forced grouping.
There are solutions. I can use an application like TweetDeck, which posts the same update to multiple sources directly. But then I need to install TweetDeck everywhere, including my phone, in order to get the same functionality. But that only solves it for my updates. The dozens of other people I know who use the Twitter Application will continue to be grouped. It would be better if Facebook game me the option to choose if Applications were grouped. Better still, let me choose per Application if I want their updates grouped.
Hopefully, Facebook will get their heads out of their asses at some point and fix this. If they don’t, it’ll just be one more reason I find myself drifting away from Facebook…