2 Cents to Play: Submitted Via Xbox Live

Originally published on The Daily Iowan Arts blog 11/20/2009

If you’ve been reading your friends Facebook updates or Tweets as of late, you may have noticed some were submitted “via Xbox Live.” This is because the nations Xbox’s got there biggest update since Microsoft changed the menu interface. In this update, Xbox Live members can now use streamlined versions of Facebook, Twitter, and Last.FM (similar to Pandora) from their TV’s.

I was skeptical about all this at first. Why would anyone use Facebook on their Xbox when they can’t chat, send private messages, write on peoples wall or play those stupid games? There are a couple of positives in this integration. The first being you can view all your pictures in a slideshow on your TV which is awesome especially if you’re rocking the flat panel. The other major benefit is you can now find your Facebook friends who are also on Xbox Live which is great because very few Xbox users can admit their friends list is compiled of all their real life friends.

Microsoft has also said users will be able to challenge their friends via Facebook and post high scores. Being able to challenge my friend to shoot a 4 on the 5th at Spyglass in Tiger Woods has a lot of cool potential in a Jet Man sort of way.

Unfortunately I don’t know if this will work to its fullest potential. I’ve already gotten some grief for updating my status on my Xbox. Im assuming gamers aren’t going to “come out,” so to speak, and admit they are avid online gamers. Are girls going to see this and be turned off by that cute kid from their class because he  put his thoughts on last nights “30 Rock” through their Xbox? I hope not as this update is intended to draw the casual social networking crowd to Microsoft’s console but there will always be haters. We just have to keep our thumbs down.

– by Tyler Lyon

Xbox Live: Docholliday8706

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