Real ID – Don’t update so much bro

Of course I used it.  

“Whats your email?” someone asked
“I haven’t quite decided if I will be using it yet” I replied.
“I’m on your facebook – what does it matter?”

How could I argue with that logic? It would be paranoid to even suggest that social media can be used for the wrong reasons. Cough Cough

However really, all you are getting is my full name which they know anyway, and   is rather common anyways, and basically what toon I am playing at the time, and what zone I am in.

ICC = Raiding

Nagrand = Barebacked pony riding ( kidding –  though you should try barebacked flying on a 310% mount weeeeeeeeee)


A reason why I never want that list to be big though is that it’s a little distracting. I keep glancing at the corner of my screen with all the pinging it’s doing.

*blah* has come online
*blah* has gone offline
*blah* has updated their status

I get told when their status updates change.

* I just had dinner
*Hi Guys!

Can you see the potential for annoying spamage?  

An ICC raid in Status updates – for example ( FICTION)

Waiting for raid to start. OMG get in the instance already. Missing Pally Buff – stupid pallys. OMG Rogue missed a trap. SPIKE SPIKE. Yeah Marrow Dead.  KILL THE ADDS,  OMG died on Gunship. Ew Blood fever.  Woot DV dropped!. >< DK stole my loots. *slurps drink. HAHAHAHAH Priest died in steam. Slimed!. Crap didn’t get the spore.  Yeah My boots dropped!  >< DK stole my lootz. Wish they would let me be the A bomb for a change. Wiped on PP!.  Wiped on PP again.  *BURP*. Wiped on PP AGAIN.  Oh I was supposed to kill the oozes too. Weee beach balls!. Munching on Twisties. Move healer your in my range! Bite me..  Bite Me…  What does this blue circle mean?  Yeah I went in portal! I’m flying. Opps fell down the hole. ARGHGHGHG Spiders!  Died on trash. Sister downloading again.  DC’d. Cleaved.  Lag is soooooo bad,  can’t run out fast enough.  I’m a happy little iceblock,  as cold as cold can be.  Ew whats that grey stuff on the ground.  I’m flying! weeeeeee.  LK’s chair isn’t very comfy.

Of course when I updated my status to say that we killed Heroic Sin 25 my small list of friends congratulated me.


You can set your status  to away or busy, and  when you whisper that person you get notified that they are away or busy,  which is particularly  annoying  when they are the one psting you – and your reply get accompanied by more spam about them being away.

Shiny Shiny

My very first impression of the UI is it feels odd.  I mean,  my chat is now crome and shiny like in its appearance,  and the subtle beeps it makes when random things happen makes me think how much that it doesn’t belong with the rest of my UI.  Maybe it’s feel is more at home in Starcraft,  but in Wow,  this science ficcy type interface, and noise,  It’s modernisation makes it feels like it would seem more at home on a touch screen device then a computer screen.

Stranger Danger

I was doing arena with some guildies, and I got a friend invite, and I’m like who is  * over vent  and one of my arena partners says – “All the guild members had been getting them”  Our first fake friend spam. ( or maybe a lost guildy – I’ll never know cause I had nooooo idea who they were, and they didn’t introduce themselves.)  *BLOCK*   You don’t have to add their email to invite them, you just need to add their name, it’s a lot easier to add randoms.  It would be extremely useful for direct marketing.

“Hi Friend – I have some stuff I can sell to you”


I guess it’s still early days,  and so still waiting for the long term,  but those are my experiences/impressions so far.   I would like to see Blizzard add in features that let you reduce the notification spam.  Especially since the person is not really ‘offline’ under this system untill they log out of the game. Technically because all your toons are linked – if you are on your character screen – your still there.  There is supposed to be this real person focus.  I don’t care about your toon going Online/Offline I care about YOU going offline/online.

7 Responses to “Real ID – Don’t update so much bro”

  1. 1 Klepsacovic June 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I didn’t even think of the annoyance of updates. That’s what happens when people don’t realize what they’re doing. Would your friends whisper you and every other friend every single time anything happens? I doubt it, but they’ll spam you all with trivial updates.

  2. 3 Shiva June 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    You can turn off toasts. It’s under in the Interface options. Me personally, I’ve only got two RealID friends. I told all my guildies they can stuff it, since they can easily see all my alts; most have my AIM and/or cell anyways.

  3. 4 Narx June 25, 2010 at 2:07 am

    This is way more interesting :O

    We’re actually working on restoring the epic feeling to epic items in Cataclysm. Epic loot should be epic, and something to be very proud of. Our plan is to try and get the Heroic -> Blue Gear and Raid -> Purple Gear balance back.


    No – I don’t have any Real ID friends because those who would have it… well they know me personally and have MSN/Mobile details anyway. So it would be wasted. Until SC2 comes out at least anyway…

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