This right here is why I tend to limit my time on places like Facebook.
A YouTube user by the name of ‘susyj87′ has tattooed 150 of her friend’s Facebook profile pics onto her right arm in an attempt to represent who she is in her life right now, or something like that.
These are not all my friends. Just the people I care most about. I got their permission and they were very proud to be on it. To me it represents who I am right now and the time we live in.
I guess this might come in handy never. But worst of all, doesn’t it require all kinds of maintenance work when her “friends” change their damn profile pics. I guess you could look on the bright side, if one existed.
CNN.com recently posted a new feature article with Sid Meier where the gaming legend gives his thoughts on gaming and more specifically the new world of social gaming through Facebook. The bulk of the article deals with the upcoming Civilization World, which is set to launch sometime in the summer.
Meier gives some insight into the changes he and his team had to make to the franchise to make it an easier fit for the social medium. Like a lot of the browser games already on Facebook, Civ World will have a focus on playing with friends:
“What was really intriguing to us was being able to emphasize cooperative game play, which was something that really hadn’t been a major part of ‘Civilization’ up to now,” he said. “A lot of our design in ‘Civ World’ was taking advantage and using these opportunities for players to work together — teamwork, communication, planning. Those are all the things that become really important to ‘Civ World.’”
Originally called Civilization Network when it was announced last year, Civ World doesn’t have a definite release date as of yet, however the alpha test for the game has been open since January. To take part in the alpha test you need to sign up with a group of friends as a team (this is for a better experience of the cooperative gameplay). The teams must have between 5 and 50 players to be accepted. Full details and how to sign up can be found here.
You can also follow updates and developments on Civ World at the official Facebook profile here.
Melissa Tullet of Rochester, Kent, UK recently underwent a double mastectomy due to breast cancer, which is a reconstruction or removal of the breasts. She wanted to show support for breast cancer sufferers and posted a pic of the results on her Facebook page.
The popular social-networking site immediately swung into action, disabling her profile and deleting the picture claiming it breached their rules on nudity.
Tullet said she didn’t realise she had done anything wrong and only wanted to show that there’s still a reason for going on after such an operation:
It was to show other women that after such an ordeal you can come out of it with your dignity and your womanhood again, and that it’s not all frightening..
Facebook claim Mrs. Tullet’s account has been fully restored but she has been warned not to post the infamous picture again.
According to The Samaritans a number of people have already used the service during their test-phase. Richard Allan, Facebook’s Director of Policy for Europe has said the company is pleased to have the expertise of The Samaritans to help deal with this issue.
We’re pleased to welcome the expertise of a great partner in Samaritans. They will help to make our robust reporting system even more effective, as friends are encouraged to look out for one another on Facebook as they do in the real world. This supplements the number of ways to get help already available on Facebook, from our Help Centre to the reporting tools we offer.
Last year saw Simone Back, a depressed charity worker announce on her Facebook page that she had taken an overdose, and later died despite having 1,082 online friends.