Facebook Platform: What About the Users?

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There’s no arguing that Facebook’s new Facebook Platform is inspired thinking. The noise about it speaks for itself. Facebook users will soon have access to extra functionality.

Given my own time difference (+8GMT) I’m late to the story, reading it first on TechCrunch and then on Techmeme. After reading the coverage I immediately logged into Facebook to see how I could use Facebook Platform. There’s nothing. Not one thing on the official Facebook communication pages about Facebook Platform. Facebook users are not all tech savvy types; they won’t read about the news on tech and web 2.0 related destinations including TechCrunch.

tc3.pngAt the time of writing this post;

Press Releases: last press release is dated April 6

Facebook Blog: last post May 22 talking about Facebook’s Infrastructure

Recent Headlines: top story is a May 2 post on using the Facebook API.

New Features: Facebook Mobile now works in Canada (May 23).

Shyness from Facebook after the privacy issues last year? If it’s an oversight it certainly is a large one. Controlling the message is not only important from a PR perspective, communication = trust in Web 2.0, silence, at least in direct communications with users, can often be viewed with suspicion. Surely Facebook would want to share this with their users?

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