In the aftermath of the demise of Scrabulous--the Scrabble-style application for Facebook that was recently yanked for copyright infringement--there's a lot of finger-pointing by angry fans feeling the loss in their fingertips. Facebook has said they're just an impartial third-party, but CNET has a different perspective: that Facebook has actually long-policed the applications for various reasons, and made a decision to leave Scrabulous alone:
Scrabulous was a Facebook favorite. Founder Mark Zuckerberg professed to being an active user, and company insiders spoke highly of the game. There was good reason for it: Scrabulous was a brainy game devoid of zombies and vampires, it was created by small-time developers rather than an "app factory," its roots in a classic board game gave it cross-generational appeal, and it was addictive enough to keep Facebook users glued to the site.
It was also extremely popular. If Facebook had pulled Scrabulous on its own, the PR ramifications could've been just as bad as getting ensnared in a legal tiff. Claiming to be "neutral," however dubious a claim, was a very calculated response on Facebook's part.
In an article about the new look of Facebook, Charged notes that one of the site's improvements is something called "Great Apps," which "will recommend popular applications which are known to be reliable and attractive."
But none of this changes the fact that Scrabulous is gone. And adjustment to the post-Scrab era is R-O-U-G-H, as this new piece (written by yours truly) at Pajamas Media notes. How are you adjusting? Comment here, or there, or anywhere.