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Posted by on Aug 20, 2009 in Random | 18 comments

Facebook Failures

Most regular BlaBla readers know of my personal feelings towards Facebook. (If not, read Facebook & I.) The reason behind this new Facebook related post has nothing to do with a renewed sense of urgency to rejoin the Cult of FB. Rather, I hope to highlight why so many of my concerns over the hold and influence that FB has over people are becoming clearer.

Recent conversations around labour legislation and the separation of work and private life segued nicely with the fairly public dismissal of a Facebook user know only as “Lindsay”.  The status update that caused all her problems, and the response to it from her (ex-)boss were screen captured, and the story has subsequently gone viral.

Here is that screen cap:

facebook-firing-415 It seems, in terms of UK labour laws, that this is a pretty legitimate dismissal as the young lady concerned was still in a probationary trial period. As suggested by a number of the comments posted on the London Evening Standards’ article, it would probably be upheld if challenged. Additionally, there is the potential that the boss-bloke could be considering libel charges against her as well.

There are a couple of suggestions that this whole story is an elaborate hoax or a fake set of posts, but my reading and research into it are yet to find convincing proof of this. Even if it is fake, the reality is that there are a large number of similar and even worse Facebook Failures. So many that they surely can’t all be fake?

A recent post by Chris over on iMod reminded me of a site that I had last visited months ago, when it was just starting up. Since then, the collection of stupid, idiotic, hilarious, and even occasional douche-bag foolish on LameBook has grown considerably. So much so that I lost almost three hours to it last night, with tears of laughter running down my face for most of that time.

The LameBook team collect examples of public displays of gross stupidity by Facebook users. And I challenge you to not find at least one example of these posts that doesn’t bring out a sense of absolute amazement at the foolishness of people in you.

Here are a couple of my favourites at the moment:

Michael and Nick heading towards a serious bitch fight:lamebook2

Stacie earning some serious “unfriend this uncouth slag” points:lamebook3

Justin showing his amazing potential for future employment:lamebook5(Was it V who questioned whether it’s fair to collect information about potential employees from Facebook? No matter – any of you who are prepared to employ this upstanding citizen haven’t learned a thing in my class!)

And finally, Todd owns Nikki big time! Todd FTW*!:lamebook4

Drop a comment after this post if you do visit LameBook and let us know your favourites.

* For the non-jargon speakers, FTW = For The Win, an enthusiastic emphasis to the end of a comment, message, or post. Sometimes genuine, but often sarcastic. Originated from the game show Hollywood Squares where the result of the player’s response is expected to win the game.

18 Comments

  1. "i know 3 guys who ate u"! ROFLMAO!! What an awesome comeback! Todd rules! 😀

    • Pretty sure there must have been a couple of later comments in reply to her "how would you like it if i ate you" question as well. 🙂

  2. So Gee, wanna hook me up with Stacie's details? Sounds like my kinda skank.

    Seriously, I like a good curry as much as the next bloke, but do I share my delight at my own gaseous expulsions with the world? Hell no.

    Geez, she even gives herself a "thumbs-ups" for this. Deeply disturbing.

    • I can see how she would appeal to you Bla! The lady has a certain "green mist" quality to her. 😀

      That "Stacie likes this" thing disturbed me as well.

  3. That site is totally hysterical! good find and thanks for the laughs 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed as much as I did Virginia. Be sure to also visit Chris over at imod.co.za and thank him for reminding me about Lamebook.

  4. Love it!

    I have a facebook account but it is blank. An ex 'forced me', I know, blame it on blind lust, to set up the account so that we could communicate when he was out of the country.

    On my very first day I freaked cause there were all his friends in all their glory. Female friends. All of them sent him some seriously provocative messages.

    Granted, he declared his 'involved' status, but I was convinced he liked the attention. I did not like it. And once they realized that I was the person that he was involved them, they did not like me. They made it very clear.

    I have enough drama in my real life, I don't need virtual life drama also.

    That was the end of our facebook marriage. And we continued using good o'l gmail for communication.

    One of the reason why I am not facebook, I like my privacy.

    The horror stories surrounding pre-teens, teens and facebook are also part of the reason I do not want to be a part of it. I have promised my nephew and niece in no uncertain terms I what I would to them if I would even suspect that they have facebook accounts.

    • Hopefully the separation wasn't done via FB. He didn't change his relationship status from "Involved" to "Single" without telling you, did he?

  5. Have not stopped giggling all morning! I love the post & lamebook is brilliant 🙂

    • Glad you're appreciating Gallpop – it's been amusing all in the BlaBla office for a good couple of days now.

  6. "Mojitos are the nectar of the queers"!!

    PIMP as I ROFLMAO!

  7. Doing like the others at the moment – tears rolling down my face from laughing so hard!

  8. hehehe….oh my word…hehe great blog…that is sooo hillarious…and yeah that guy with "a serious sleep walking sleep pissing problem" hehe i would so not hire him…maybe jus put a camera up in his house so that i could laugh at the stupid stuff he dus hehe…wow classic…

  9. Great Blog Mr GEE..BIg UpS:)

  10. Cheers for the mention, Greg 🙂

  11. Oh wow, 2009 and it only just picked it up, ah man, how I love the interwebs 😀

    • Bwahaha.
      You Capetonians are seriously laid back Chris. 🙂
      No worries mate. Let’s just blame it on the mountain and move on.

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