What is Facebook Good For?


scrabulous or scrabbleScrabulous.

That’s about it for me. I’ve long jumped the Facebook shark. Too many app spams. Too many people I don’t “know” on my friends list. I reconnected with the friends I was looking for, and don’t have anyone else I need to find.

It’s just kinda slowed down for me – except for playing Scrabulous. Now, that might be taken away.

I long thought the name, and gameplay, was a little too close to Hasbro’s Scrabble, but I figured all the i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed and the creators of the Facebook app were squared away.

They’re not.

Now that Facebook is a $15B company, Hasbro wants a piece. They allege the creators of the app are making $25 000 / month in ad revenue and they don’t have permission to use the game.

According to Fortune magazine, Hasbro sent a cease-and-desist notice to Facebook asking them to remove the application.

“They sent a notice to Facebook about two weeks ago,” Mr Agarwalla told Fortune.

“The lawyers are working on it.”

In August last year, Hasbro signed an agreement with software company Electronic Arts to create electronic and online versions of its board games, including Scrabble and Monopoly.

In 2005, Hasbro shut down a similar unofficial online game called e-Scrabble. [source]

We can hope Hasbro shuts down the entrepreneurs and then quickly throws up a legit Facebook Scrabble app, otherwise the one reason I use Facebook will be gone forever.

Oh well, I’ll always have twitter.

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