To us privacy is binary: an app is either completely private or not. Glassboard is totally private. August 22, 2011 4:19 PM   Subscribe

Here is where I ask if Glassboard can be added to the list of social apps, and the mods say "No, because it doesn't have web-facing profile page", and then you tell me your email address and I invite you to my Mefite board.

Memail or email if you don't want to put your address in the thread
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed to MetaFilter-Related at 4:19 PM (31 comments total)

This is where we also might say that the normal process for requesting a site is adding it at the wiki. But it sounds like it doesn't have a public profile page so we won't be able to add it.
posted by pb (staff) at 4:23 PM on August 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


In this comment, I make a snarky comment about people with unsupported devices.
posted by grouse at 4:34 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was expecting the "Not another social network" gripe to arrive before the unsupported device complaint. Metafilter never fails to surprise!
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 4:36 PM on August 22, 2011


Man I'm getting old.
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:46 PM on August 22, 2011


So it's a private social network that's only accessible from smartphones?

How odd.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 4:55 PM on August 22, 2011


What does this offer that Google+ huddles don't?
posted by Horselover Phattie at 4:56 PM on August 22, 2011


My interest is mainly goodwill due to NetNewsWire. Plus, it's not run by an advertising company.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 5:00 PM on August 22, 2011


a word partially composed of "assboard".
posted by elizardbits at 5:01 PM on August 22, 2011 [12 favorites]


What does this offer that Google+ huddles don't?


Less warmth.
posted by babby╩╝); Drop table users; -- at 5:07 PM on August 22, 2011


What does this offer that Google+ huddles don't?

User privacy, apparently.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:12 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I did love NetNewsWire and then it had a few clunky neverfixed bugs and then I gave up on RSS. I'm in, but I'm rarely on my phone.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:13 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


What does this offer that Google+ huddles don't?

The joy of needing neither a Google account, nor indeed an invite, the availability of such being encumbered so by a curiously prolonged bout of artificial scarcity.

(Why the florid talk? Just finished watching some Deadwood for the first time. Considerably worse: when you complete a marathon of The Wire and you catch yourself talking like a Baltimore homicide detective. Sheeeeeeeit!)

But, back on topic: I've signed up, but will have to wait for contacts to try it before I can test it properly. Is it just me, or does this seem like an attempt to grab a slice of the group chat market before iMessage arrives? I suppose its chief advantage would be cross-platform compatibility. It could do with a little bit of UI polish (the signup screen, for instance, seemed a touch basic, not that it really matters), but it looks like it could be put to all kinds of uses. I do wonder if everything's encrypted though (ordinarily I would assume so, but the website doesn't discuss the topic as far as I can tell).
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 5:34 PM on August 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


So it's a private social network that's only accessible from smartphones?

You're obviously not a gay male, or you'd have heard of Grindr and its cousins (such as Scruff) by now.

There are plenty of social networks which only work via App-running devices capable of determining location (i.e. smartphone or iPod Touch, etc).
posted by hippybear at 5:36 PM on August 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


is this something I would have to own a television to understand?
posted by philip-random at 6:02 PM on August 22, 2011


Please. Even us enemies of Dorothy heard of Grindr last year. I'm getting ass purely via Ajax requests nowadays. Hurts like hell, but the odds of disease are low and my rear has never been cleaner.
posted by yerfatma at 6:02 PM on August 22, 2011


I'm checking all these new social thingummies out. I'm an early adopter but a questionable stayer.
posted by immlass at 8:02 PM on August 22, 2011


How would you link to this at all? Let alone a profile page? Hard to even make this a request.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:18 PM on August 22, 2011


Hey all, Mister_A is now on Smoke Signals. If you want to get into my ellipse, go to a high place, start a fire, and send a Smoke Signal my way!
posted by Mister_A at 9:24 PM on August 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


I wonder if you could connect to this thing from an emulator in an SDK. That would be totally subversive and stuff.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:26 PM on August 22, 2011


How would you link to this at all? Let alone a profile page? Hard to even make this a request.

It's like a speakeasy. If you're cool, you don't even have to ask how: you just know.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:07 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


If I wanted to be in social networks I'd, like, go outside and stuff.
posted by Justinian at 2:17 AM on August 23, 2011


MetaFilter is my social notwork.
posted by pracowity at 2:36 AM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why the florid talk? Just finished watching some Deadwood for the first time.

Cocksucker.
posted by The Bellman at 7:50 AM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Horselover Phattie: "What does this offer that Google+ huddles don't?"

A complete lack of a business plan, as far as I can tell.

Hate to burst the bubble of everyone who thinks this is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but Glassboard is a service, and services cost money to run, so how do you think this is getting paid for, in the long run? How quickly we forget the sage words of a fellow MeFite:

If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold.
posted by mkultra at 9:07 AM on August 23, 2011


That quote is the new 'Bill Hicks advertising rant.'
posted by Mister_A at 9:28 AM on August 23, 2011 [5 favorites]


"If you're not paying for it, kill yourself."
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:29 AM on August 23, 2011


"ZUCKERBERG HAD THE RIGHT IDEA, HE WAS JUST AN UNDERACHIEVER!"
posted by BeerFilter at 10:07 AM on August 23, 2011


Not a rant, but simply an undeniable truth. Businesses need money to operate, and goodwill is not a currency.
posted by mkultra at 10:08 AM on August 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


And the plan they've stated is paid accounts/upgrade. I don't know if that's viable to keep the lights on, but it's not fair to say they have no plan
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 11:18 AM on August 23, 2011


"And the plan they've stated is paid accounts/upgrade. "
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:18 PM

So I join now for free, set it all up and looking nice, and then they say "Cough up or else bye bye profile." Is this right?
posted by marienbad at 4:21 PM on August 23, 2011


Sure, could be. Or it could shut down tomorrow. Or it could continue forever running on bitcoin donations from AnonOps.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 9:29 PM on August 23, 2011


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