Please forgive me for the painfully obvious word play I'm about to cough up right here: Scrabulous, my friends, is quite simply fabulous. (Yeah, Emily Dickenson, top that one!)
For those who have not been indoctrinated into the Scrabulous way of life, let me explain this wondrous creation. It's, um, basically Scrabble that you can play online with your Facebook friends. Yup. That's it. Big deal, you say, I can play Scrabble with my real life friends, sitting in a comfy chair while sipping sherry by the fire.
That's all well and good but for those of us without friends or fireplaces, Scrabulous kicks word-game ass. And here's why -- it lets you interact with people without actually having to come up with anything to say. For a socially inept individual like myself, this is manna from shy-person heaven. There's only so many times you can ask an old schoolmate what they do for a living before they start to suspect your short-term memory or your sanity. By clicking that little "Start a new game" link on Scrabulous, though, and inviting that old friend to play, you've now made a connection. There's even a little chat box so you and your friend (or friends) can trash talk about your respective inabilities to maximize the letter "Q" or create a convincing verb out of 7 "U"s. It's a dignified method of social connection -- and a great way to build your vocabulary. What more could you ask for?*
*To actually win a game, but that's a conversation for another day.