Fascinatingly pessimistic view from the super-smart Michael Wolff (who, I didn’t know, edited AdWeek until last year, which lends extra weight to his concerns).
“Absent an earth-shaking idea, Facebook will look forward to slowing or declining growth in a tapped-out market, and ever-falling ad rates, both on the Web and (especially) in mobile. Facebook isn’t Google; it’s Yahoo or AOL.”
Good article about a skeevy app, but which is causing some people to draw the wrong conclusions.
This app isn’t just using “public” data (where users have specifically told Foursquare/FB “Make this information public”). It requires every user to approve API connetions to 4sq/FB which allows them to gather information that your friends have said “Only share this with my friends”.
Those checkboxes should really read “Only share this with my friends, plus the faceless developers whose apps they approve to access their account”. There’s a lot of information flowing around out there that people think they’ve applied restricted privacy to.
Pretty solid Sarah Lacy post, which includes this perceptive gem:
“Quora seeks to organize information to benefit the person answering the question, not the person asking it. As such, some people posing the questions get annoyed that they don’t get the right to retain more control of the dialogue.”
Wow. Just… wow! Spotted while deactivating my @slide.com Facebook dev accounts.
The Facebook page to deactivate your account has taken on some serious emotional blackmail. It finds photos where you're tagged with other people, shows them to you, and says "Person Name will miss you"! Sneaky buggers!
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“You get a cow. You can click on it. In six hours, you can click it again. Clicking earns you clicks. You can buy custom “premium” cows through micropayments (the Cow Clicker currency is called “mooney”), and you can buy your way out of the time delay by spending it. You can publish feed stories about clicking your cow, and you can click friends’ cow clicks in their feed stories. Cow Clicker is Facebook games distilled to their essence.”
“The battle that is underway is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It’s a battle over choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being duped, tricked, coerced, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely unfair. It gives users the illusion of choice and hides the details away from them “for their own good.””
Nice summary by Blaine of what people should be building, instead of wanking away with “open Facebook competitors”. Build outstanding focused tools that can use Facebook for free social graph importing, inviting, and promoting. Think of them as a slightly tweaked “Address Book Importer”. Do shit that they can never do, and do it awesomely.
eg. Compare Plancast with “Facebook Events”.
Epic comment thread. Context: “We’ve determined by looking at our traffic stats that people are doing Google searches for “facebook login” and coming upon RWW. They see the FB Connect button and assume that RWW is the “new Facebook.”“
Setting up the Facebook app on Xbox Live.
Rather than the gorgeous OAuth flow used by the Netflix app for the last year (The Xbox displays a six-digit number, you visit the Netflix website on your PC, log-in and enter that number, Tada, everything's linked), the Facebook, Twitter and last.fm apps all require you to fiddle around, entering email addresses and passwords on an on-screen keyboard.
Oh, and remember not to change your password on those services, because you'll need to go through the dance again.
(Particularly like this: "If you can't enter the characters you need here, change your passwords on www.facebook.com")
Very satisfying. Facebook add a ridiculous feature, only visible to people who work at TechCrunch. A writer spots it, give FB a whole 24 minutes to respond to his questions, and in the TC way, rushes out a story so he can “scoop” competitors. Pwned!
Update your OS X Address Book with photos and birthdays from your friends’ Facebook pages (sadly, Facebook bars it from doing anything useful, like updating email addresses and phone numbers)
Even if you’re using Facebook’s privacy settings to opt-out of their new “Beacon” “service”, the info is still getting sent to Facebook who may or may not be gathering it. Thank gawd for Adblock.
Baratunde Thurston on being shut out from messaging the group he founded on Facebook for the specific purpose of messaging. “I invested a lot into Facebook, but I’ve discovered, painfully, that Facebook doesn’t value me nearly as much as I’d hoped.”
OS X screensaver which grabs your friends’ photos from Facebook. Playing with this, I was reminded that a) I have some incredibly hot friends and b) I have some incredibly strange friends.
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.