SHIFT: The Web 2.0 Drinking Game

Each week Adam Frucci takes a closer look at the latest gadget buzz in his column, Shift.

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I'll apologize right now for using "Web 2.0" in the title of this column. It's a terrible buzzword, but it defines the very sites I'm gonna deal with today, so please forgive me. If you're unaware, Wikipedia states that the term Web 2.0 "refers to a supposed second-generation of Internet-based services — such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies — that let people collaborate and share information online in previously unavailable ways." Annoyed yet? Me too. That's why this week I'm bringing you the best way to cope with such overwrought, unnecessary buzzwords and the sites that love them — binge drinking. Yes, it's the Web 2.0 Drinking Game, so pull up a chair, grab your favorite intoxicator, and get some friends together before you start. After all, the only thing more pathetic than playing a drinking game based on websites is doing it alone. And this of course is not the last word, as the Web 2.0 Drinking Game, much like the Web 2.0, is a living thing that thrives on user input. Got some ideas for a Del.icio.us section? Maybe some Facebook rules? Our Comments section is waiting for you.

MySpace

Take a drink for every message you get from a blatantly obvious pornbot. Take a drink for every friend request you get from a mediocre unknown band. Take a drink if you manage to find the person you had a crush on in 2nd grade. Finish your drink if they're still hot. Take a drink for every profile you come across that has illegible text due to a huge, awful background image. Take a drink for every girl wearing next to nothing in her profile photo with over 1,000 friends. Take a drink every time you hit stop on a profile's music because you're already listening to music. Take two drinks if you've ever met up with someone you met on MySpace. Finish your drink if they were significantly less attractive than their photo makes them look.

Digg

Take a drink if you see a story on the Digg front page about Digg itself. Take another drink if the story is about Digg founder Kevin Rose. Take another drink if the story about Kevin Rose is a half-baked conspiracy theory. Take a drink if the same story has been submitted twice on the first page of fresh stories. Take 2 drinks if there are 4 repeats. Finish your drink if there are 6 repeats. Take a drink for every Nintendo Wii or Apple story with more than 100 comments. Take a drink for every story that was obviously submitted by its author. Take a drink for every comment that criticizes poor spelling or grammar in a way that is grammatically incorrect or features misspelled words. Take a drink for every story whose link is dead because the "Digg Effect" crashed the site. Take a drink for every 5 commenters who complain about it. Finish your drink if the site's webmaster complains about it.

YouTube

Take a drink every time you see a video of a celebrity doing something embarrassing. Take another drink if that celebrity is P. Diddy. Take a drink every time you sneak a peek at a NSFW video at work. Take a drink every time someone forwards you a video that is so boring or lame you don't finish watching it. Take a drink for every video you see of someone doing something (drumming, guitar playing, etc.) really quickly. Take a drink for every video designed to look like a home video that's obviously part of a publicity stunt from a major corporation. Take a drink every time you watch a clip from a show you forgot to TiVo. Take a drink every time you find a music video you haven't seen in years and realize it's not as cool as it was when you were 13.

Wikipedia

Take a drink for every article that seems to be of questionable accuracy. Take a drink for every article that someone has snuck a reference to Stephen Colbert into. Take a drink for every NSFW photo you find hosted on an article you looked up as a joke. Take a drink every time you get in trouble for citing Wikipedia as a trustworthy source. Take a drink for every article you find that you were sure wouldn't have an article on Wikipedia. Take a drink for every 15 minutes you've wasted just reading random articles instead of working. Finish your beer if you've ever actually corrected or submitted an article. Drink a keg if there's an entry for you on Wikipedia — and you didn't submit it.

Flickr

Take a drink for every 10 photos you have uploaded. Take a drink for every embarrassing photo of yourself you wish you could remove from your friends' pages. Take a drink for every user page you find that has every mediocre photo they've ever taken. Take a drink for every tag of questionable accuracy you find on people's photos. Take a drink for every photo you see of drunk people with their arms around each others shoulders. Take a drink for every generic city skyline shot taken at an angle at an attempt at being "artistic." Editor: Hey… Take a drink for every generic landscape/mountain/sunset shot you see. Take a drink for every photo of yourself you can find. Take a drink for every picture of someone's cat. Finish a six pack if you've posted pictures of your cat.