Friday, October 30, 2009


...or Treat?

FACEBOOK has changed - again.

I went in at some point early in the week and discovered this. Everything was hours old. After pecking around, I realized I had to hit Live Feed, which refreshed the page, and then I was able to view all posts in real time. Talk about a long list…if one of my FB friends breathed – it was on there. Who they friended, when they friended them, and who their friends were – it’s all there. No offense, Facebook, but I don’t need all that information. Basically, I stop by to see who’s being interviewed and where, and make a few comments. Well, maybe there wasn’t that much information, but it was far too much, or at least it looked like it. Oh well, I guess, like the last change, I’ll adjust. Meanwhile, this week, some other new things were presented to me. Here’s a small sample of my Thursday:

Question: what in hell is Tiny Chat? Who came up with this awful, awful idea? I mean, I have big chats, why do I need Tiny Chat? Anyway, I tried to log in to visit with some fellow authors for a Tiny Chat and it was hellacious!!

First, it asked me to login with Twitter or Facebook. So I chose them thinking at least I won’t need another password (I can’t remember the ones I have!) I was unceremoniously dumped into a room with people I had no idea about. There was ‘a’, yes, simply ‘a’ and best of all there was jamaica star, his picture even flashed up. Well, I suppose it was his picture, could have been Dracula for all I know. Okay, I know Dracula and it wasn’t him. Anyway, jamaica proceeds to ask for my star. Now, why there was a star by my name is unbeknownst to be, but there was a gold star in front of my login name. I explained I was in the wrong room and exited quickly.

My life will never be the same!

I returned to Facebook and there it was: “Purpleprose has entered Tiny Chat room.” It was splashed across the front page twice. Yikes! I’m infamous now. The second one was from Twitter. I rush over to see what was there and, yup, you guessed it. “Purpleprose enters Tiny Chat room.” Of course, it didn’t say I landed in jamaica star’s lap but – there it was.

So, I proceed to try and disconnect all the new connections. No go, can’t do it. I’m not tech savvy enough for that. I wore myself out trying. My Twitter will never be the same, it’s gone all red, words and borders, so I can see nothing there. Still, it could be a glitch on Twitter, but no one else is complaining. I've since unjoined Twitter, won't go back. Never used it much anyway.

Here's where it gets tricky - everytime I try to log into something now I'm asked for my Twitter password. Never did that when I belonged. No longer a member, I must suffer through declining to enter a Twitter password for any application it was ever connected to, remember - the connections I couldn't disconnect!

All this to say: NO! more Tiny Chat, no more Twitter. Little chats and big Tweets are not for me.


Remember: Growl and roar-it’s okay to let the beast out.- J. Hali Steele


Rebecca Royce said...

LMAO. J, I just spit out my drink. Holy cow. I know it couldn't have been all that amusing when you were going through it but wow. YOu landed in Jamaica Star. LOL. I did not even attempt to enter the Tiny Chat. Nope. Read everyone's experiences on the Eirelander loop but did not attempt it myself.

Wow. LMAO. So sorry this happened to you.

J Hali Steele said...

I was peeved (well that's all I can say here!) I tell you what, I'll never go first again *grins* I'm hoping this Twitter thing goes away - it's a pain to hit cancel everytime I try to enter google or facebook.

I wonder how jamaica star is doing...

Annie Nicholas said...

*snicker* You need to have a technology degree to be an author today. Thanks for the heads up on the tiny chat. Was offered one this morning and declined. LOL

Sandra Sookoo said...

Yeah, because of your experience I didn't click the link either. So glad I didn't. LOL

J Hali Steele said...

Are you laughing at me Sandi, LOL. It was stupid for me to do it not knowing what the heck was going on. One good thing came of it - I hope I'm rid of the Twitter bug. It was a time sucker!

J Hali Steele said...

Annie, it was a nightmare worse than Elm Street *laughing*

Rae Lori said...

Yikes! That does sound like a nightmare! I always get scared when these networks upgrade because something is always bound to get crossed up! (Looking at you Goodreads) LOL

J Hali Steele said...

I'm still getting that dang "enter password for Twitter API"! Will have to call my niece, she's my computer guru. I don't know what possessed me, other than a halloween ghostie, to try and enter a TINY CHAT!!

Maybe it'll just disappear like it appeared or am I wishful thinking LOL

Unknown said...

Hello I am new here LOL. My name is Melanie and I agree with you about Facebook it can get very confusing I wonder if it is a Halloween Trick LOL. And thank you all for the Fab Halloween day today.

Tabitha Shay said...

Oh, Tiny Chat,
Girl, you're lucky you only got Jamaica Star...I was scheduled for a Tiny Chat, oh yes, dummy me...I got a room full of strippers and dancers who had no clue what modesty was and all I wanted to do was promote my book...I certainly wasn't looking for Jamaica Star or whatever Star was there to tell me in detail the affect erotica romances has on his Star...Tried to ban them, didn't have a clue how to get these players out of my chat instead, I left...OMG!!...I may have lost my'll never use Tiny Chat or Big Chat again!!!...Tabs

Virginia C said...

A world within a world. Poltergeist with pixels.

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