carpss about scraps as c*apss in parcssI have finally gone and created an Orkut Community called "I hate Orkut Scraps"1. I'm a mere drop of acid in the ocean, a protest banner on a hanky in a gale, a grain of sand on an inferno - but still.
It's as if Peter Finch2 told me to open the windows and yell "I'm mad as hell". The orkut scrap doesn't make a lot of sense when used by people in this staggering volume: it's a piece of personal communication scribbled on a public whiteboard, you get a mail telling you you've got a scrap and you have to *go* to orkut to read what ultimately turns out to be as inane as "can I turn off the ceiling fan?". What happened to direct and personal email? This fad-ding is unbelievable.
I use orkut merely as a means to access useful information about friends and acquaintances (contact details, birthdays, current state of affairs), if I can't find their email, and occasionally interests (which are anyway hijacked by some anarchic sub-group). Having a Y instead of an additional X in my chromosomes, I'm mercifully spared the "Can we be friends?" scrap (to which the answer should be a composition of "only if you send me your thumb and a cheque by VPP", "I hope you're ok with my W.G. Grace beard" and "I never thought I'd meet someone also interested in cannibalism and ritual torture"). I really don't have a problem with others using a social networking service to do whatever they want, but kindly leave me out of it. Your scrap is welcome to ping me if you do not know my email IDs, but in any case, please do not feel slighted if I dump it, suitably, in a scrap-heap. What's more, you can expect the same from me.
Thanks to 'kutting-mania, organisations have started to block this (thanks - there goes the utility to people like me who had limited use for it thanks to the roobish), especially since, in a nod to popularity, we now have phishing attacks using it. This on a service which is usually denying doughnuts to its servers half the time.
Thus did Rantobaa uvaacha.
1. The orkut folk seem wonderfully liberal about this, for this community is still standing. But more likely, it's possibly because right now, there's only member.
2. In the Sidney Lumet film Network.