Q&A with the founders of Lamebook

Posted at 10:30 AM Aug 05, 2009

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By Andrea Grimes

Lamebook: where we learn that James' fiancée is soon to have a mouthful and that Kyle only shares certain information--like the approximate size of his wang--with those who are not his friends. Part of the oversharing revolution, Lamebook has become one of my favorite sites when I need to be reminded that we're all fucking doomed.

So I e-mailed Jon and Matthew, the founders of Lamebook (and Austinites! And my actual Facebook friends!) to find out what makes the site go ticky-tock.

HD: Who are you, where do you live, what do you do?

Jon and Matthew: Our names are Matthew and Jonathan, we live in Austin, Texas and we both work as full-time graphic designers for different agencies.  We met in college then both happened to end up here in Austin.

How'd you come up with the idea for Lamebook?

We both decided it was time to start a website that posts all of the dumb shit from Facebook. So we threw out some name ideas, landed on Lamebook, registered the domain then sat on it for about 6 months collecting material until finally we decided to act (while personally learning quite a bit about web development).

What are, in your opinions, the worst Lamebook offenders?

J: That's a tough call.  But personally I'd have to say the mushy relationships post get to me the most.  I understand if you're in love with someone or have feelings for them, but posting that on the wall (which shows up in everyone's feed) is like digital PDA. Ugh.

M: I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. I think the worst are the fights/breakups between couples. But the worst are usually the funniest, so I guess that makes them the best Lamebook offenders.

Do you ever get hate mail from those who've been called out? What's your response to them?

Haha, yes we do.  So far only a few people have called us out and I'm pretty sure every message so far has included something along the lines of "I'm gonna sue you!"  We're not out to piss people off but understand that if the internet is laughing at you, you might get a little heated.  In these cases we generally don't respond.

Would you take down a Lamebook post if asked?


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Q&A with the founder of STFU Parents: oversharing smackdown

Posted at 1:34 PM Jul 02, 2009

By Andrea Grimes

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Being on Facebook is the second most narcissistic thing you can do. The first is, of course, having children, 'cause you are so awesome you just can't help but pass on these tight genes AMIRITE!? Combine Facebook with babies, and you get some serious trainwreckage.

"B.," the founder of STFU Parents, has had enough, and she's taken it upon herself to call out, Lamebook-style, parents who overshare about their baby's every shit, spew and smatter. Readers submit screen shots of their most irritating Facebook parentfriends, and hilarity, bitching, moaning and more than the occasional flaming ensues. The blog got a bit of press over at Broadsheet, where Judy Berman found it alternately funny and disturbing, but ultimately felt ambivalent about it. I e-mailed B. with a few questions about having a hilarious, occasionally hating, blog.

1. Who are you? (Do you have kids? Do you want to?)

I really don't prefer to stay anonymous, but there are a lot of people out there who seem like loose cannons so I'm going to protect my anonymity for now. I can confess to being a female who does not currently have kids, but absolutely wants them one day when the time is right. Some crazy woman in my comments called me a "barren whore," so I've been considering my options!

2. What prompted you to start the site?


A few friends in my status feed began revealing their new identities as what I call status 'Offenders,' and it started to get on my nerves. Their updates were nowhere near the caliber of the submissions I receive, but they had qualities that were slowly driving me nuts. At the same time, a girlfriend (who is pregnant with her second child) started sending me her friends' annoying updates because they were driving HER crazy, hoping to commiserate. I figured this epidemic should be showcased in a submission-based blog, so I can say what's on everyone's minds, or just provide some comedic distraction. Some people think it's an "anti-kid" or "anti-parent" blog, but that's simply not true.

3. What's the oversharing parenting habit that drives you the craziest?

There are so many habits! I categorize my submissions, and there are definite patterns. Parents that post pictures of their kids pooping or throwing up baffle me. Two of my favorite categories to post from are what I call "Woe Is Mom" and "Mommy Me, Me, Me." i.e., moms using Facebook as a Pity Party Platform.

I think overall it's annoying when parents ignore that little voice that says, "Stop! Your friends don't want to see this!" Some people say "Oh, but you can just hide the person in your Newsfeed." Sure you can, right after you get an accidental eyeful of Jr.'s diaper explosion when you least expect it.

4. What do you say to angry parents who hate on the blog?


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