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Old 08-10-2011, 10:02 AM   #1
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Amazon reconfigures its Kindle site; reviewers call it "creepy"

The buzz is that the changes make the site an official social networking platform because of the automatic interconnectivity.

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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I'm more creeped out by the profile picture of Timothy Carmody. The guy in the back on the left looks like he's stalking the other dude (who I assume to be Tim).
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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What's wrong with it? Looks fine to me; but then, I rarely visit.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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I'm not a big fan of being forced into social networking. I want to buy books from Amazon. Just because I liked the Twilight series doesn't mean I want to be friends with a bunch of pimply faced teenagers, and STOP UNDERLINING MY BOOKS! I don't care what other people think is clever, or good writing, or whatever. Most people annoy me, so I like to keep my social network small (mobileread is an exception).
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:16 PM   #6
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I'm not a big fan of being forced into social networking. I want to buy books from Amazon. Just because I liked the Twilight series doesn't mean I want to be friends with a bunch of pimply faced teenagers, and STOP UNDERLINING MY BOOKS! I don't care what other people think is clever, or good writing, or whatever. Most people annoy me, so I like to keep my social network small (mobileread is an exception).
Ok this made me laugh..
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:22 PM   #7
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What's wrong with it? Looks fine to me; but then, I rarely visit.
Pretty much what Daithi said. With the exception of the Twilight "books". And the part about people being annoying

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I'm not a big fan of being forced into social networking. I want to buy books from Amazon. Just because I liked the Twilight series doesn't mean I want to be friends with a bunch of pimply faced teenagers, and STOP UNDERLINING MY BOOKS! I don't care what other people think is clever, or good writing, or whatever. Most people annoy me, so I like to keep my social network small (mobileread is an exception).
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:28 PM   #8
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:31 PM   #9
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I'm not a big fan of being forced into social networking. I want to buy books from Amazon. Just because I liked the Twilight series doesn't mean I want to be friends with a bunch of pimply faced teenagers, and STOP UNDERLINING MY BOOKS! I don't care what other people think is clever, or good writing, or whatever. Most people annoy me, so I like to keep my social network small (mobileread is an exception).
Some people may say if you like Twilight, you're getting what you deserve.

Some people may say that; I couldn't possibly comment

Seriously, I'm not on Facebook or twitter or YouTube. Spare me all that crap.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:33 PM   #10
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:45 AM   #11
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...STOP UNDERLINING MY BOOKS! I don't care what other people think is clever, or good writing, or whatever...
This! I hate coming across an underlined part in a book, especially when it's usually something I think is inconsequential. And I hate that little message at the bottom of the screen "click the x button to see how many people have highlighted..." I don't care.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:57 AM   #12
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They don't seem to have changed the UK site.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:57 AM   #13
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Not only do I not fully get the point of these social networking sites and features, I do have a concern that within a handful of years from now, they are going to be used to hire and fire employees, political and social witch hunts and any number of small-town style clique-like things. I'm saying this looking from the outside in so I might just not have enough understanding of these services.

I would say it's fine if it's all voluntary and people are smart about it by using fake names and personal info but sometime soon there will be some value placed on using a Real Name to steal Amazon's current designation. I suspect soon there will be something similar to a credit report for your social activity. Remember it is all online and public so someone is going to want to profit from using the data. There will be services doing just that offering Social Stability Evaluations, right out of something like Gattaca or any number of other SF stories.

I wonder if anyone has been fired because they tweeted an off-color remark or commented on Facebook about attending some fringe concert or political event. I seem to recall some pro athletes getting fined by their league or team thanks to tweets. I'm willing to bet worse has happened somewhere but never was the real reason used at the actual time of the firing or otherwise negative event in a person's life.

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STOP UNDERLINING MY BOOKS! I don't care what other people think is clever, or good writing, or whatever.
If you don't want to see it, turn it off. Go to "Settings" and turn off the "Popular Highlights" setting. It's on the 2nd page of "Settings".
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I disabled that, so it only underlines things that I have highlighted. I can't remember where I found the option to disable it, though
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