Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

A lesson in optionality

[Side-note: I haven't been posting much. Sorry: work's been eating my brain, and I don't want to bore people with a complete excess of CommYou stuff.]

Facebook's latest feature is built-in chat: when you're in FB, there is simply chat *there*. It's not something you turn on -- it just sits at the bottom of your window. And you Can't Turn It Off. (Far as I can tell.)

Which wouldn't be so bad, except that it's taking up about 60% of my CPU, far as I can tell. I was initially worried that something in CommYou was running out of control, but no -- it's just as bad on the Facebook homepage. And since Chat is their new feature, I rather suspect it's the culprit.

Moral of the story: features that the user can't turn off are *bad*; cute features that they can't turn off are worse. A lesson for me to remember in CommYou...

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