Robot 6 reports that Ricardo Proven’s webcomic, cheerfully entitled Donnie Goth, claims to be the first webcomic entirely distributed via Facebook app! Brigid Alverson, though, has her reservations:
…putting all your eggs in the Facebook basket seems to limit the potential audience somewhat. Aside from that handful of folks who aren’t on Facebook, many users (myself included) shy away from apps because they require you to turn over personal information. When I clicked on the Donnie Goth app, Facebook requested permission to share my “basic information,” which includes my name, gender, user ID, list of friends and “any other information I’ve shared with everyone.” Admittedly, all of that is already out there on my Facebook page, but the idea of handing it over in a neat package to an outside entity give me a nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. On the other hand, if I could simply click over to the page, I’d do it — and maybe even “like” it.
I guess I can understand the appeal of distributing solely on Facebook. My brother-in-law is a Mary Kay consultant who (at the urging of the parent company) uses Facebook as his prime website. Still, Ms. Alverson’s criticisms are very valid. I’m something of a Facebook luddite myself (I signed up some years back, but haven’t gone back since), so the thrilling adventures of Donnie Goth will be lost on me.
Also, I’m not sure if I want to give Donnie my A/S/L. Dude looks like the sort of guy who can mess you up with some tragic poetry, know what I’m sayin’?