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Broken state transition 
12th-Sep-2008 02:49 pm
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In my country, facebook is the new orkut. Accordingly, I need to shift focus from orkut bashing to facebook bashing. Recently, kalyan was seen playing on FB with "relationship" settings and it yielded interesting results. So I want to try it myself and see what happens.

First off, there seems to be no option to hide your orientation. And onto the main topic of relationship status. FB offers 6 different states and an empty one. Choosing the empty option is supposed to be the equivalent of no comments.

Here is the transition problem: Somebody thought that if you have selected option X and then change it, it is perfectly legal to say person no longer X. The part that they missed out is that a transition to the no comments state does not necessarily imply anything has actually changed i.e. it is a special state.

So if you were married to someone and had announced it on FB and then choose to cover it up, it would say that your marriage has gone kaput! God bless the internets.

Update: I am not really itching to change "interested in" and see what happens. Not sure if I'll actually try it though.
Update #2: I actually did it. Click here to see results
Comments 
12th-Sep-2008 11:03 am (UTC)
> it would say that your marriage has gone kaput!

we all know about a famous case, don't we! :-)
12th-Sep-2008 11:30 am (UTC)
There have bene so many of them now. The most interesting one (not sure if you are refering to this one) goes like this...

"Y" is in a relationship with "X". Then "Y" decides to update his status as married but chooses not to disclose to whom on FB. End result:
"Y" ended his relationship with "X"
"Y" is now married.
12th-Sep-2008 11:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the case I'm referring to!
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12th-Sep-2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
I know I know. For whatever reason I thought you didn't try it which is what got me into this. In fact the "real" experiment was to see if that works. Clearly we've discovered the same independently. I guess I could've just asked you instead :-)
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