Bad Request

December 16, 2010

I tried to look at a photo on Facebook today and this message came up.

Facebook error message that says Bad Request. The server found your request confusing and isn't sure how to proceed.

The photo was of someone I had a crush on when I was 17, which makes me feel bad for the poor, confused Facebook server. Like maybe my teenage crush is now in an unstable relationship with this Facebook server and she’s super jealous and insecure. I wish I could reassure her.

Is this what the kids are doing these days?

February 25, 2010

I get a friend request on Facebook from “Peter Banks”, a guy I’ve never met. We do have one mutual friend, but to be honest I don’t know that guy very well either; he’s a friend’s brother and I’ve only met him once. A name like Peter Banks is so common it’s unGoogle-able, so no help there. Peter’s profile is pretty bare. There is one photo of a twenty-something male model- which could be an actual photo of Peter, I guess, since our one mutual friend does a little modelling too. And his profile says he’s “in a relationship”, so maybe he’s not just trying to flirt with random girls, which would have been my first guess.

ME: Hey Peter, thanks for the friend request. Have we met in real life?

PETER: Hey Nicole, never had the pleasure of meeting you in real life. I signed up for FB mainly for netwoking, but making a few friends along the way would be an added bonus. If you only accept people you know then no worries & sorry to trouble you.
Keep well.

I do not at all understand. How is it networking (excuse me, “netwoking”) to randomly friend people with no preamble? That’s not networking, that’s just… weird. It’s like coming to a party and just staring at someone for an hour instead of saying hi. What, am I going to friend a complete stranger and then somehow we’re in some sort of viable network together, sharing, what, tips? Is it like, if you stare at another person at a party long enough they might give you a job reference or something? I’m no expert but I do not think that’s how this works. Is it? Why am I asking this? *head explodes*

So I just hit “Accept friend request” and we’ll see what happens. Oh no wait, I did not do that.

Protocol Droids aren’t always helpful

January 27, 2010

Jesus makes things hard

January 15, 2010

Are you reading Lamebook?
Seriously. I think it’s my favourite daily waste of 5 minutes.

Anonymous Facebook Employee

January 14, 2010

A Facebook employee dishes about what it’s like:

“We did have a master password at one point where you could type in any user’s user ID, and then the password. I’m not going to give you the exact password, but with upper and lower case, symbols, numbers, all of the above, it spelled out ‘Chuck Norris,’ more or less. It was pretty fantastic.”

More here.
Via Kottke.

UPDATE: Facebook lens flares

December 22, 2009

The Facebook lens flare trick got updated. You remember, the one where you punch in an old key code from Nintendo Contra or whatever, and you get little sparkly circles on your screen? Pic of the old and new lens flares, and instructions on how to try it are here.

Facebook Screen Trick

November 17, 2009

I can’t believe this works, but it does: a key-code trick from the old NES game Contra works on Facebook.

Log on to any Facebook page. Make sure the cursor is NOT in a text box, then press the following key sequence:

up, up, down, down,
left, right, left, right,
B, A, Enter key,
right, up, down.

Magic red lens-flare circles will appear and travel across your screen. You can get rid of them by refreshing the page. WOW, right? I’m not exactly sure why this impresses me so much, but it totally does. I have simple needs, I guess.
Thanks to Joverine for the tip.


Facebook seems to have updated the lens flare trick and made more, um, tricked-out lens flares. Maybe as watery compensation for their new shitty privacy policies? Pic below. Thanks to [pageslap] commenter Bill for the tip!