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The launch of a BBC "World Olympic Dreams" site over the weekend went slighty awry when outraged netizens spotted a rather unflattering description of Facebook users in the "half-baked" effort: BBC Olympic website inviting readers to "become a saddo on Facebook" Spot on, although the site has sadly now been purged of all such …

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Anonymous Coward

brilliant

Another story to confuse Daily Mail readers (and indeed the awful paper itself). They hate Facebook, but they also hate the BBC. Their tiny minds won't know which way to hate/be fearful next.

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Coat

OMG!

I'll have to set up a "We object to the BBC calling spades spades" group!

If only I could get around to joining the saddos.

/Mine's the one with the trainspotting almanac in the pocket ;)

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Grammar

With perfect grammar like that, no-one would believe the group was for real.

Now, add a "Become a fan to see a picture of the spade" button, and it would 100% convince.

Hmm, I seem to have a disturbing knowledge of these things.

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Anonymous Coward

I wish

whoever did that the very best in their future career.

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I agree

And I hope that career move is a promotion.

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Pint

Yes....

have a few on me

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More evidence...

... following "Tea-boy Photo Gate" that there are certain people at the BBC who read El Reg.

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Scandal? What scandal?

I've just seen another fine example of the Beeb doing it's public service thing....

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Anonymous Coward

This is the reason why...

you dont use test data on any system that could be anywhere near users...

if you need to upload your dev database to set tables, then you are an idiot, because at some point it will go wrong and it will *always* will go wrong.

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I was responsible for a similar test data accident...

...in a previous job for a news website. The alt tag for the image of then columnist David Mellor read "smug_twat" for 6 months before anyone noticed.

Had to apologise to the editor after getting a slapped wrist.

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Quite right

You should get your wrist slapped. "David Mellor - Smug Twat" should have been the Headline not the Alt tag.

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Anonymous Coward

gagging for it

Facebook is seriously hampering my sex life since my other half discovered it and subsequently Farmville, this makes me very saddo and the BBC spot on

:-/

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Blimey

BBC website actually had some accurate info on it.

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The truth

hurts.

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What's really sad....

Is I spotted the quote and have now got it as my Facebook profile picture.

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Stop

It is discrimination!

Facebonk users should not have been singled out for ridicule. What about the twatterer?

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Grammar

'What about the twatterer?'

I think they're called the twatterati.

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I dunno about you

But I fucking laughed!

I use Facebook, and they're right, there are some utter saddos on there. I really don't give two shits about your kids/fight with the other half/the huge poo you just took.

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Anonymous Coward

What if...

...it was so huge they achieved escape velocity?

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Orbit

If that's the case, and they can update FB about it from orbit, that's the exception to the rule.

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titular doodah

If it reached escape velocity, we would hear about it on the ISS feed ;)

"Hey, look at this frozen poo I took a shot of as it floated past the window!" - Like - Share

There are more than just earth-bound saddos around, you know....

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But...

...could they fit all the details 130 characters so that it could be both a twitter post and their facebook status?

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what are those buttons for anyway?

I see them on lots of web pages but still don't get it. if i read a website and press the facebook button what happens?

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And our survey says...

'if i read a website and press the facebook button what happens'

Your IQ drops by 50 points.

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Letters, Digits.

Unless your IQ is suitably high - then it remains exactly the same and you just get depressed when you see how stupid the people you know are, and you end up with bruised legs for not having realised before.

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Anonymous Coward

but fb users are saddos

so why are the usual flakes getting upset?

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Anonymous Coward

Mix up

They obviously got the Tw@tter and Facebook captions confused.

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Don't they do any...

Quality control checking?

Wait. after seeing "hole in the wall", I already know the answer to this.

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Down votes at the ready

*is amused at the thought of geeks acting superior over other saddo's*

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Anonymous Coward

At least..

we can be smug and content in our technical superiority.

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I'm sad

Yes, I admit it. I use facebook to keep in touch with old friends I don't get to see much of this day; instead of non-sad activities like looking at the website of an event that isn't going to happen for two years, and dreaming of watching sportspersons running about.

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What?

You mean Facebook users are not "saddos" after all?

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Champion

A thousand raw nerves, firing right now.

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facebook

Should public money be used to advertise private companies websites anyway?

I listen to radio 1 at work and they are always saying to check out one group or another on facebook.

Think ill setup a social networking website and then petition the beeb to link to my articles,groups etc on there for free. And then cash in on all the advertising £££ that i get

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Headmaster

That's different to facebook...

... how?

or did I miss the joke?

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It's quite amusing

reading all the old fogies taking the piss out of facebook everytime there's a story about it.

Facebook is really useful for keeping track of friends and getting laid. Friends and Sex being two things i suspect a lot of commentards have only read about!

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new keyboard please...

no seriously i really need a new keyboard...

I totally agree with you, Facebook is great providing you don't get caught up with all the cr*p that is on there. No i don't want to join the "save the penguins in the sahara group" or any other pointless non-sensical time wasting group that people wish to spam me with...

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WTF?

By Facebook is for saddos

I don't see the problem here.

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Joke

Hang them!

Everyone knows the correct term is "Dumb fucks"

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Grenade

Facebook is a sign

... that you've nothing better to do with your time

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Reminds me of the time...

I worked for a company who developed a white label property search portal for the big named portals back in the late 90s.

Somewhere in there my fellow developer had a snippet of the ilk:

if (condition that is always going to be true) then

do something

else

Write("Bollox")

end if

So imagine launch day 1, phone call from customer. "When I do a search, All i get is a blank white screen with the word Bollox on it".

Since that day, any dummy text or error messages I use are mild. Using dodgy language is asking for trouble.

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Megaphone

Shouldn't the beeb be spending it's money on content rather than presentation?

bittorrent/rapidshare is for distribution. They'd save a heap on bandwidth costs.

Of course, it helps if they actually own the content rather than doing half-baked - someone-else kept half the rights deals.

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who's free time?

of course the BBC would say this. they don't want people spending their valuable free time on the internet, when they should be watching TV. duh!

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WTF?

depends what you're doing

don't be so quick to put everyone in the same labeled box. facebook is a free global communication tool. and/or a toy depending on what you do with it.

Some of us use it to find and spread interesting and potentially useful information, and have many thought provoking discussions.

oh, and take a look at who is calling whom a saddo, oh ye grand wise olympic committee with the multi-million logo that looks like porno simpsons, and spending all that cash when so many are loosing their jobs and homes.

hello? is there anyone home?

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This is is the saddest thread ever.

My +1.

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