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Too bad for Facebook. I tripled my time there because of Scrabulous.

Posted by Gloria | July 29, 2008 12:19 PM

I had just bingoed. ADAgIOS, triple word bonus, 80 points. My opponent never saw it.

Posted by Ziggity | July 29, 2008 12:23 PM

Grr. Kerri Harrop just got me hooked and now I'm jonesing. So typical. "We will protect our brand by killing it". Scrabulous was the best thing that ever happened to Scrabble, or at least since "Word Freak" came out. Now they go back to the top shelf in the closet. Good work, geniuses.

Posted by Fnarf | July 29, 2008 12:25 PM

You joined facebook so you could keep in touch with your friends when you went to Chi-town, annie.

Scrabulous came later.

Besides, I'm busy collecting Karma badges and managing my virtual garden ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 12:29 PM


Posted by boxofbirds | July 29, 2008 12:35 PM

You know that non-profitable program that's competing with our non-profitable program, which is increasing brand awareness and boosting sales of our tangible, profitable model? Can we please end that by any means necessary?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | July 29, 2008 12:36 PM

Corporate jagoffs.

Posted by Matthew | July 29, 2008 12:37 PM

no, i'm working today.

Posted by cochise. | July 29, 2008 12:38 PM

legal stuff aside, why didn't Facebook either make announcements that it would be shutting off in hours/days and/or save user stats, etc.? Did they just completely erase of trace of it from Facebook?

Posted by stinkbug | July 29, 2008 12:45 PM

(and by "from Facebook" I meant "from north american Facebook users." - But I guess they simply "disabled" it?)

Posted by stinkbug | July 29, 2008 12:50 PM

All Scrabble games must begin with Petula Clark.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 29, 2008 12:50 PM
12 has Scrabble for free. 2, 3, or 4 players. once you get the app set up, it's quick and easy and fun!

Posted by tom in chicago | July 29, 2008 1:00 PM
Posted by Dalton | July 29, 2008 1:24 PM

Scramble still works, and it's pretty fun.

Posted by Ryan | July 29, 2008 1:45 PM

Yeah sure "increasing brand awareness and boosting sales of our tangible", did you go out and buy a scrabble board or are you just talking out of your ass?

I mean I know a lot of web developers hang out on message boards but still... writing a facebook app is a greater accomplishment than inventing scrabble?

Posted by daniel | July 29, 2008 2:14 PM

This ruined my Tuesday (not that Tuesdays don't already suck). I was in the middle of a game with my arch nemesis (you know who you are) and was up by at least 100 points. Couldn't they have at least sent out a warning first-- like "we're shutting down tomorrow because of the evil man"?

Sigh. And now I've managed to start two games on where I'm playing against myself because apparently I can't read directions. This day could only get worse if time started going backwards.

Posted by SDizzle | July 29, 2008 2:34 PM

Hasbro didn't invent jack, daniel. They bought the rights. It was invented by Alfred Butts in 1938, and if intellectual property was managed properly with the rights of the public involved, those rights would have expired the day Butts died in 1993.

Posted by Fnarf | July 29, 2008 2:38 PM

Ah, American copyright laws... always managing to enrich corporations.

Posted by Greg | July 29, 2008 2:47 PM

Look I'm not in favor of indefinite intellectual property rights nor corporate megaliths but neither am I going to dismiss the notion of "bought the rights". Alfred Butts got his money, the next guy may not.

Anyway you think if Scrabble was 20 years old Scrabulous would have said: "oh no we'll obey *this* law because it's just"?

Posted by daniel | July 29, 2008 2:48 PM

If Scrabble was 20 years old it wouldn't be Scrabble. And Butts got bupkuss; it's a corporate brand now, disassociated from anything. Hasbro (or its successor) will own those rights in 2108 as well. Fuck them. They're IP sharks; they couldn't invent a way to wipe their ass.

Posted by Fnarf | July 29, 2008 3:18 PM
21 works, so how was it banned?

Posted by mc | July 31, 2008 6:49 AM

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