Someone over at The New York Times must have an impressive Scrabulous addiction. Monday, the paper discovered Wordscraper, another application created by the Agarwalla brothers (a.k.a. the creators of Scrabulous).

Apparently Wordscraper is not new to Facebook, but now that Scrabulous is AWOL from Facebook, it’s time to stick it to the man (Hasbro) and find new alternatives. Some fans are playing on the Scrabulous Website, some have crossed over to the darkside of the real Scrabble application and some other crafty ones have realized that you can make Wordscraper’s modifable playing board just like Scrabble’s.

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And we were just about to play on a triple word square.

A while back, Hasbro was itching over the oddly similar and highly addictive Scrabulous that took Facebook users by storm. Hasbro wanted Facebook to the block the application, and it wasn’t until recently that the Scrabulous makers pulled their own game off North American users’ Facebook. read more »


Scrabble
We Cloggers love Scrabulous. We proclaimed our love for the game long ago.

So the news that our favorite Facebook application might be shut down was not easy to swallow.

Hasbro wants Scrabulous to end because it too closely resembles the company’s board game Scrabble.

(Gee, it kind of does, doesn’t it?)
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We may have pissed and moaned about the most annoying (or addictive) additions to the Facebook interface, but it seems creator Mark Zuckerberg is actually giving in these days.

After activist group MoveOn.org received about 70,000 signatures on its petition against marketing program “Beacon,” Zuckerberg apologized for what upset consumers called an egregious invasion of privacy. The contested program alerted a user’s entire network every time that user purchased an item from or visited one of Facebook’s partner corporations.

But Mark’s most recent and exciting change? Removing the “is” from status messages.

We know, we know. Now the Clog’s new Facebook profile can reflect our true feelings. Or at least avoid the ever-so-cumbersome two-letter verb.

Sound familiar? Let’s review other Facebook faux-pas of note:
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Who are we kidding? We haven’t done a single hour of honest studying all day, so we might as well share our procrastination tips with you. With finals looming over the campus, you have to find some way to relax … if by “relax” you mean totally avoid your 20-page research paper.

In no particular order, the Clog suggests:

* Playing Scrabulous
* Poring over AnonCon
* Confessing in AnonCon, part II
* Blogging
* Reading other blogs
* Browsing YouTube (or PornoTube, if you prefer)
* Following the trials and tribulations of Winston the cat

What are your procrastination favorites?


 

 So we’re not going to let just Stanfordites claim their love for Scrabulous. In talking about the Facebook application, we at the Clog refuse to deviate from the outlined dialog that surrounds such hipster trends:”We liked it before it was popular.”(i.e. we liked it before Stanford.)We want to say that we liked it even before the people at Facebook declared their love for the game or before the Scrabulous group was formed, but that is a bit more of an exaggeration.But one-upping the “The Unofficial Stanford Blog” is more our thing. When it posted love for the Facebook application, which included this limerick, we had to show them up with a rival post (especially this week):
There is this new game on the Platform,Everyone seems to play– it’s the norm;It is really quite fabulous,And oh so much fun…That wonderful, wonderful game called Scrabulous!

 Is it bad that we like Scrabulous a lot less after reading that poem? Or after they misspelled “addiction” (later correcting it) in the headline of a post on a game focused on spelling? Pshaa, whatever, even if Stanfordites want to encroach on our trendy hipster ways of wasting studying time, we will always be able to find new, hipper ways faster than them.(At another online word game, FreeRice, for every question you get right, 20 grains of rice through United Nations are donated to help end world hunger. Take that Standford! Do you save starving masses in your spare time?)Yet, ultimately we can’t deny our love for Scrabulous. What we really want is a big Scrabulous tournament between Oski and the tree. We guess tomorrow’s game is the next best thing. But for now, we’ll just beat Stanford with our own Scrabulous haiku:

Scrabulous is a’ight
Tomorrow we will triple
Letter score your ass

Image Source: Eli SpiroLatest Addiction to Hit Facebook [The Unofficial Stanford Blog]