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The Confessional

By: Cassidy Hodges

I vowed to never give in. I thought I could stay strong. Then one day I was left unsupervised and it happened.

I have a confession to make: I’m a Farmviller.

Now before you quit reading—hear me out. Just like 80 million other users, curiosity got the best of me; after my first cow I was hooked. I planted my crops, made farmer friends, gathered livestock and still haven’t lived it down from my friends.

At one point I was checking my Facebook every 4 hours to milk a cow or plant some corn. Believe me—I have known all along that Farmville is quite possibly the most pointless game ever and it didn’t deter me.

But I’m not alone in the farm-fatuation.


To this day I’m still quite unsure what allure there is to manually clicking 50 separate plots of land three times in a row to make fake money so you can buy fake seeds to plant all over again? There’s even an option to spend REAL money to buy fake money to buy fake seeds that will harvest fake crops.

So I guess my question is: When did American’s lives become this boring?

And with that, I’ll leave you with one YouTuber’s explanation.

If you’re curious how I’m doing with my problem, I’m happy to report that I’ve been Farmville free for five days and counting. My roommates are expecting a full recovery. Here’s proof of my barren farm.

If you or a loved one is still struggling, seek help here:

HOW TO: Block FarmVille on Facebook

Online FarmVille game ploughs new fields of revenue – Times Online

FarmVille’ gamemaker Zynga sees dollar signs – Fortune Brainstorm Tech


Tweeting for jobs…

Mashable.com recently put up a post about using Twitter to find jobs on-line.

Twitter can search for jobs, can be utilized to promote your resume, and, obviously, network with people.

An example of an employer on Twitter is Christa Foley (a.k.a @electra). She is the recruiting manager at Zappos.com, an on-line clothing and shoe store. Foley uses twitter to  show examples of negative recruiting interactions, to do outreach with high school and college students, and ultimately, to look for possible Zappos employees.

Twitter can also be used to find jobs by type, region, or company.

For more information, click here.

Check out Time’s 25 Best Blogs of 2009 (Mashable made the list)


Check out Time.com‘s list of the 25 Best Blogs of 2009The full list is pretty diverse, and includes blogs on topics ranging from astronomy and housekeeping to politics and social media.  Pete Cashmore’s Mashable made the list.   This is what Time.com had to say about Mashable:

The key insight of Web 2.0 is that information isn’t powerful by itself; what’s powerful are the connections and conversations that turn information into useable knowledge. That’s where Mashable comes in. Founded in July 2005, Mashable is the largest and most popular blog focused on social networking. Besides relaying the latest news about Web 2.0 giants MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, it’s loaded with tips on enhancing your own social networking experience (for example, how to delete the idiotic comments you made on YouTube so a potential employer doesn’t see them) and making your blog more user-friendly.

Charles Darwin explains…Facebook?


Pete Cashmore of Mashable posted a Tweet today with a link to the Slate article “The Evolutionary Roots of Facebook’s ’25 Things’ craze” by Chris Wilson.  I thought this article was a good follow-up to my other post about Claire Suddath’s article “25 Things I Didn’t Want to Know About You.”  Wilson discusses his theory that Facebook trends evolve and mutate, in concordance with Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.  While Wilson’s analogy is somewhat creepy, he makes some legitimate points.

 All in all, Facebook infections look remarkably similar to human ones. And like organisms, the odds do seem stacked against all but the fittest of memes […] Still, viral marketers might take note of the patterns that ‘25 Random Things About Me’ obeyed. The best hope for someone looking to start a grass-roots craze is to introduce a wide variety of schemes into the wild and pray like hell that one of them evolves into a virulent meme. If evolution is any guide, however, there’s no predicting what succeeds and what doesn’t. Just look at the platypus.

 Is this also the best hope for journalists brainstorming for an online news model that generates profit?  Introducing a variety of journalistic models into the uncharted wilderness of the Internet and hoping that one catches on and evolves into something people will pay for?

Ma.gnolia has wilted

This is from Mashable.com.

Social bookmarking site Ma.gnolia is having a very rough day. The service has been taken completely offline, with data corruption and loss that “will take days, not hours,” to fix.

Basically Magnolia, had some sort of crash at their headquarters (can a website have a HQ?) and is as of now, defunct.

This is taken directly from the website’s page:

Early on the West-coast morning of Friday, January 30th, Ma.gnolia experienced every web service’s worst nightmare: data corruption and loss. For Ma.gnolia, this means that the service is offline and members’ bookmarks are unavailable, both through the website itself and the API. As I evaluate recovery options, I can’t provide a certain timeline or prognosis as to to when or to what degree Ma.gnolia or your bookmarks will return; only that this process will take days, not hours.

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