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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Playing with Facebook

I’m doing a little playing around with Facebook. I encourage you to find our Facebook page and become a fan. You can also follow our Baseball Primer feed, if you’d find that helpful. You can friend me, and find a bunch of other Primates, by starting on my page.

If any of you are Facebook devotees and have ideas on ways we can integrate things, I encourage you to post your ideas here.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2009 at 06:30 PM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2009 at 07:39 PM (#3253519)
I can't wait to read "25 Random Things About Repoz"
   2. birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: July 14, 2009 at 08:02 PM (#3253551)
I'll join as long BBTF doesn't take any quizzes.

btw, how do create a sign up page for a group? A simple cut and paste of the group's url doesn't work.
   3. Cabbage Posted: July 14, 2009 at 08:13 PM (#3253559)
If any of you are Facebook devotees and have ideas on ways we can integrate things, I encourage you to post your ideas here.

Attractive females are encouraged to post photos of selves in swimwear and not activate privacy controls.
   4. Repoz Posted: July 14, 2009 at 10:20 PM (#3253661)
I can't wait to read "25 Random Things About Repoz"

Me neither!
   5. Iwakuma Chameleon (jonathan) Posted: July 14, 2009 at 10:23 PM (#3253664)
Just became a fan. What I'd really like to know, though, after perusing the rest of the fan list, is when they decided to start letting all those old people on Facebook.
   6. Darren Posted: July 14, 2009 at 10:33 PM (#3253668)
Facebook would be a lot better if I didn't have to read about a certain someone's affection for his sweetie every 5 minutes. :)
   7. Neal Traven Posted: July 14, 2009 at 11:28 PM (#3253695)
Oh geeze, not you, Jim. Facebook?

I'm reminded of STTNG's "The Game", and it's not because of Ashley Judd's first on-screen kiss.
   8. Eugene Freedman Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:31 AM (#3254439)
Facebook would be a lot better if I didn't have to read about a certain someone's affection for his sweetie every 5 minutes. :)


You'd think Jim would have discovered text messaging by now and left us out of it. The original definition of PDA rears its ugly head.
   9. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: July 15, 2009 at 03:27 AM (#3254731)
I've signed up. Please don't go on Twitter though.
   10. Shredder Posted: July 15, 2009 at 03:33 AM (#3254740)
I'll join as long BBTF doesn't take any quizzes.
Facebook is way behind the curve. Someone put together a "which baseball primer primate are you" years ago. I'm pretty sure I was Shredder. Or maybe Dan Werr.
   11. Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: July 15, 2009 at 03:42 AM (#3254747)
Have you considered Facebook Connect? I'm not sure there's enough bang for the effort (until/unless EE has a Facebook Connect module). But basically, new users could use their Facebook accounts in lieu of creating an account here; it would remove an obstacle for new users, while still providing the benefits of registration (having an ability to contact a user, etc.) and more (access to profile). Just curious if you've looked at it, and if so, what you thought of it.
   12. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: July 15, 2009 at 03:49 AM (#3254759)
Actually, having this on Facebook is a little frightening. There was an element of safety not knowing what any of us clowns look like. Furtado's mugshot is particularly disturbing (joking, of course).
   13. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 15, 2009 at 03:51 AM (#3254760)
What I really want to know is which panelist on The View is BTF?
   14. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: July 15, 2009 at 01:35 PM (#3254814)
I really should change my profile pic, but i'm too lazy.
   15. zonk Posted: July 15, 2009 at 01:55 PM (#3254849)
I've signed up. Please don't go on Twitter though.


It occurred to me during last nights ASG chatter that our game chatters are really twitters. I would think there are enough attorneys here to file a suit.
   16. Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2009 at 01:58 PM (#3254852)
Vinay, I'll looked into Facebook Connect. It's something I think would work very well. There is a developer already working on an EE module, so it's something I hope to be able to plug-in without having to code myself.
   17. Mister High Standards Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:08 PM (#3254869)
Jim, how about a BBTF Iphone App. Screw this face book bullshit.
   18. base ball chick Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:12 PM (#3254875)
Cabbage Posted: July 14, 2009 at 04:13 PM (#3253559)

If any of you are Facebook devotees and have ideas on ways we can integrate things, I encourage you to post your ideas here.

Attractive females are encouraged to post photos of selves in swimwear and not activate privacy controls.


- sorry dude. i prefer that all yall just imagine the incredible HOTTTTTT that is me. ii wouldn't want any guy to be disappointed

and The Jim is kind of cute with all the love notes

i LIKE seeing some guy who is so in love that he wants every other person to experience it. what would be the absolute most kewl though is some guy who has been married for, say, 10 years (and hasn't cheated) posting like that about his wife
   19. Jeff K. Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:15 PM (#3254878)
what would be the absolute most kewl though is some guy who has been married for, say, 10 years (and hasn't cheated) posting like that about his wife

Also cool would be hovering skateboards
   20. base ball chick Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:20 PM (#3254891)
that last sentence is for my darling Husband who was reading over my shoulder

amazing how dead easy it is to deal with your man
   21. Jeff K. Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:22 PM (#3254893)
Sure, get him a hoverboard and he's yours for life.
   22. base ball chick Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:32 PM (#3254905)
my husband wouldn't get caught dead on a skateboard/hoverboard and the skateboard/hoverboard would run for its life iffn it saw him trying to get on it

however, i did get him an incredibly comfortable Chair and now he is indeed mine for life

like i said, dead easy to deal with your man
   23. Latnam's first name is Bob Lemon's middle name Posted: July 15, 2009 at 02:46 PM (#3254923)
what would be the absolute most kewl though is some guy who has been married for, say, 10 years (and hasn't cheated) posting like that about his wife

Also cool would be hovering skateboards


And complete meals in pill form.
   24. Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2009 at 03:21 PM (#3254965)
You'd think Jim would have discovered text messaging by now and left us out of it. The original definition of PDA rears its ugly head.

How do you think we exchange our really mushy messages?

Jim, how about a BBTF Iphone App. Screw this face book ########.

That will have to wait until my current cell contract expires.

Actually, having this on Facebook is a little frightening. There was an element of safety not knowing what any of us clowns look like. Furtado's mugshot is particularly disturbing (joking, of course).

Don't be a hater. :)
-----------------------------------
My thoughts about the whole Facebook/Twitter thingies is that there are elements to those sites which could enhance the community aspects of this site. I don't want to infuse the entire site with social networking components however.
   25. Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: July 15, 2009 at 07:35 PM (#3255375)
Jim, how about a BBTF Iphone App. Screw this face book ########.

I have thought about this. I spend far more time on BTF than on any other site, both on regular computers and on my iPhone. I'd love an iPhone app, and have put some thought into how it'd work and what it'd look like.

Note, it doesn't necessarily need to be a native iPhone app, or even iPhone-specific. A webapp would be nice, or even just a version of the site laid out for small screens.
   26. Weeks T. Olive Posted: July 15, 2009 at 07:51 PM (#3255404)
... or even just a version of the site laid out for small screens.

I would love this.
   27. Mark S. is bored Posted: July 15, 2009 at 07:52 PM (#3255405)
Note, it doesn't necessarily need to be a native iPhone app, or even iPhone-specific. A webapp would be nice, or even just a version of the site laid out for small screens.


A mobile version of BTF is probably the best way to start. Same functionality withing a mobile layout.
   28. Jeff K. Posted: July 15, 2009 at 08:04 PM (#3255426)
Oh, if we're making this into the new suggestion thread, I think this would be #6 if I tack onto my lengthy post in the call for help:

I'm not sure exactly how you've got stuff worked into EE, nor what you're comfortable doing, so I won't suggest a particular method, but it would be really nice if you could prevent crawling of the Hot Topics sidebar. Any time I search and include a poster's name, what I end up with includes eleventy thousand threads in which they never posted, or the various main pages, which just happened to be crawled as that person's name was on the HT bar as the last poster in a thread. There are ways around it if I'm looking for something in which I know they posted, but not if just looking for a mention. The effort/reward ratio may be too low here, but if it's easily done, it'd be appreciated.
   29. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: July 15, 2009 at 08:23 PM (#3255450)
... or even just a version of the site laid out for small screens.

I would love this.

As would I. I volunteer to test on Windows Mobile.
   30. Toolsy McClutch Posted: July 16, 2009 at 01:03 PM (#3255880)
I tried bbtf on my Blackberry years ago, it was not pretty. I'd love to get that going though.

I'm also going to apologize in advance for any "Mafia Wars" spam people get from me, I'm hooked on that damn Facebook game.
   31. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: July 16, 2009 at 01:20 PM (#3255889)
BBTF works fine for me on my regular cell phone, with Opera Mini. I mean, it's not perfect, but it's no worse than ESPN's mobile site.
   32. bunyon Posted: July 16, 2009 at 01:35 PM (#3255901)

however, i did get him an incredibly comfortable Chair and now he is indeed mine for life


This is the trick my wife used. Even if I wanted to, I could never quit that chair. I think it's classic nesting, really.


My wife is an amazing, lovely woman who is intelligent, sweet, hot and makes good money. And a hell of a cook.

Okay, I'm now prepared for the facebook era.
   33. Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2009 at 03:11 PM (#3255995)
I've put the mobile suggestion near the top of my to-do for updates. I've also added Jeff's suggestion about preventing Hot Topics from being crawled, but I have to do a little research on that one to see if it's viable.

BTW, I appreciate many of the suggestions people have made for site improvements. As the end of the season nears I'll probably do some polling to see which features are the most desired.
   34. Jeff K. Posted: July 17, 2009 at 12:52 AM (#3256765)
Jim, just looking through the source for this page and the main newsblog, and then marveling at all the changes to the robots.txt standard in the last few years, it seems there's a quick answer. Since you're really just looking at Googlebot, confirming that Google uses nofollow in particular way is sufficient. Some crawlers will index nofol links, but GB doesn't seem to. So if you just nofol the links in the Right Content section (like you do with the betus.com link), that should prevent the index. Otherwise, it looks like XML Sitemap is your answer. Google conforms to the .9 version of the protocol, and the official site for that is here.

This may not play into where you want to go, but it does seem viable. I am surprised, especially with all the updates to what had been a standard with no further development, that there isn't a td meta tag for preventing robots. I had thought initially that was the way to go.
   35. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 17, 2009 at 03:34 AM (#3256978)
I tried bbtf on my Blackberry years ago, it was not pretty.


It still isn't. We need m.baseballthinkfactory.org ASAP. Do that and I'd try live blogging from the 60 or so minor league games I attend.

-- MWE
   36. Rants Mulliniks Posted: July 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM (#3257085)
Word to the wise:
http://technology.sympatico.msn.cbc.ca/News/ContentPosting?newsitemid=facebook-privacy-commissioner&feedname=CBC-TECH-SCIENCE-V3&show=False&number=10&showbyline=True&subtitle;=&detect;=&abc=abc&date=True

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