the new facebook timeline profile to play havoc with goofy game posts

the new facebook timeline profile is going to play havoc with some of the goofy list-game posts. you know, the ones that start with “use the 10 friends displayed in the left column of your Facebook profile” … and you fill out a list of your friends to be the characters in some situation. (see below for a Halloween example of a game)

FB Timeline Friendswith the new timeline profile there is no “left-hand column” anymore and now your “friends” are displayed as an icon composed composed of a half dozen of your friends avatars on the menu under your new facebook cover image.

FB Timeline Friends page

when you click on your friends icon it loads this whole new page of their avatars and links to their profiles. it displays three across and continues to scroll down all the way to the very end of all your friends, which really isn’t so bad in general. your friends are still in facebook’s infamous random-ness (yeah, the list still is not sort-able by any meaningful method – ie alphabetical or chronological) but in these goofy games – where the heck do you start?

do you begin with the top-left friend and read across the row from left to right, then drop down to row #2 and repeat, continuing to rows 3 and 4 until you have selected 10 friends?

or would you start with the first friend (again this would generally be considered to be the top-left avatar in the western world) and scroll down just that left-hand column to collect the 10 names … ???

oh! and what if you are from a culture that reads right to left?  do you have to abandon societal norms to participate in these silly simple games?

I am quite certain that the facebook development team gave no consideration to the havoc that the new timeline profile will fester ..er.. foster upon those members that love to play and post these fun little diversions!

HALLOWEEN is quickly approaching … You’re IN A HORROR MOVIE!
Use the 10 friends displayed in the “left column” of your Facebook profile, in order, to cast your Horror Movie.
DON’T CHEAT OR ELSE YOUR NIGHT OF HALLOWEEN WILL BE HORRIBLE!
1. Decides the creepy house is safe:
2. Screams like a baby:
3. Scares you as a joke:
4. The first to go missing:
5. The first to go insane:
6. Murdered saving you:
7. Has your back no matter what:
8. Survives by faking being dead:
9.Has a solid survival plan no one listens to:
10. Is really the killer:

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