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  • EU May Crack Down On Targeted Advertising

    EU May Crack Down On Targeted Advertising

    The European Union may crack down on targeted advertising following concern into the personal privacy aspects of such programs. The Article 29 working party has an ongoing investigation into privacy online, and has previously forced Google to limit its data retention of web searches in Europe to 18 months. According to a Reuters report, Gabriele Loewnau, a senior legal adviser for the German… Read More

  • How do you gently withdraw your support from a good cause on Facebook?

    How do you gently withdraw your support from a good cause on Facebook?

    In discussing several things with my brother this Thanksgiving weekend, including what happens to human beings once the sun runs out of hydrogen and what presidential candidate is best prepared to deal with a Texas-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth (what are we gonna do, blow it up and have several little asteroids hurtling toward us?), he brought up something Facebook-releated. See, he… Read More

  • Is Facebook Really Censoring Search When It Suits Them?

    Is Facebook Really Censoring Search When It Suits Them?

    Earlier this month I wrote a blog post showing that a search for presidential candidate “Ron Paul” in Facebook Groups yields zero results. Facebook blamed the problem on a bug (unofficially, via comments by employees to that post), which was later corrected. But a new issue may be harder to explain. On Tuesday, scores of mainstream press organizations (see WSJ, NYT, LATimes, CNET, AP… Read More

  • Facebook Is Almost 2/3 Women (and other stats)

    Facebook Is Almost 2/3 Women (and other stats)

    A blogger named Paul Francis went to the trouble of gathering Facebook user data via an advertiser tool that facilitates audience targeting. He pulled user numbers for the top countries, broken down by male/female. The data set is here. The tool shows a total of 42,966,780 members in the top 31 countries. The U.S. leads with just over 18 million users, followed by the UK (6.8m), Canada (6.7m)… Read More

  • Facebook Stealing Googlers At An Alarming Rate

    Facebook Stealing Googlers At An Alarming Rate

    Facebook and Google have been competing with each over more than just social networking. Facebook is growing from 300ish employees today to 700 next year. And the best place to get good engineers and others is Google, where many have already vested on their stock options and are looking for the next big hit. Facebook has already claimed Youtube CFO Gideon Yu, eCommerce Product lead Benjamin Ling… Read More

  • This post has nothing to do with Leopard, Kindle, iPhone or anything

    This post has nothing to do with Leopard, Kindle, iPhone or anything

    We will not be writing a post on Facebook dropping the word “is” from its status messages. It’s just silly. Facebook drops the word “is” from the status message; tech blogs go bonkers [tech.blorge.com] Read More

  • The Blogosphere Needs A Vacation

    What’s the top news story on TechMeme this fine Tuesday afternoon? It’s a story about the sudden disappearance of the word “is” from Facebook’s status message yesterday. Then, today, it reappeared. For a brief period of time, users could create a status message that did not include the word “is” in it. Wired Magazine saw fit to write on it, as did most of… Read More

  • Stanford Class' Facebook Application Crosses 1 Million Installs

    Stanford Class' Facebook Application Crosses 1 Million Installs

    Dave McClure and Stanford Professor BJ Fogg (Captology lab)have been teaching a class on Facebook applications at Stanford over the past semester. The class is made up of about 50 students who teamed up to produce 25 applications. We got a look at the applications earlier. Today we received word that one of them, KissMe, has crossed 1 million installs as of 6:30pm this evening. Another app, Send… Read More

  • Facebook Offers $85 Million To Acquire Chinese Social Networking Site Zhanzuo.com

    Facebook Offers $85 Million To Acquire Chinese Social Networking Site Zhanzuo.com

    Facebook is said to have offered $85 million to acquire Zhanzuo.com, a Chinese social networking site with seven million users. According to The Times, Jack Zhang, Zhanzuo’s chief executive, and Mark Zuckerberg have been discussing the deal but it has not been accepted yet, with a spokesperson saying that the result of the talks will be disclosed towards the end of the month. The acquisition… Read More

  • Jimbo Wales working to take down Facebook and Google in one swing?

    Jimbo Wales working to take down Facebook and Google in one swing?

    There are a few wars waging on the virtual battlefield of the Internet between all types of services, like that between search engines, or between social networks. Wikipedia has won the battle of open information management, and General Jimmy Wales is ready for his next engagement, which is apparently a dual-front fight against both Google and Facebook. In a meeting of South African eggheads… Read More

 
  • Yet another claim that e-mail is dead

    Yet another claim that e-mail is dead

    “E-mail is so dead,” said the Slate writer, “that I have to tell the world how old I feel.” Seemingly every other day, we read studies suggesting that e-mail is dying, not with a bang, but with a whimper. Kids have all but abandoned it, preferring IM and Facebook and txt messaging. So it goes, why wait minutes for a reply when I can send a txt to, say, John, and get a reply… Read More

  • "I just can't be a college student without Facebook"

    "I just can't be a college student without Facebook"

    Update (Nick): A Facebook representative contacted us regarding Steven’s issue, we put them in contact, and the problem is resolved. A reader sends a touching email today, complaining that his Facebook account has been deleted for no reason: Dear Michael, I’m a college student at University of Michigan and Facebook has deactivated my account. I’ve noticed, from reading your blog… Read More

  • Facebook Apps Getting Stuck in Directory Approval Process

    Facebook Apps Getting Stuck in Directory Approval Process

    An application developer contacted us late last week to inform us of a common problem he’s seen with the Facebook platform since October 29th wherein some developers’ applications are getting perpetually stuck in the directory approval process. It appears two things have been happening to prevent applications from appearing in the directory: they are approved but then soon revert back… Read More

  • Facebook's New Ad Platform Illegal?

    Facebook's New Ad Platform Illegal?

    We’ve already seen a backlash against Facebook’s Social Ads platform, however something far more serious may get in the way of Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for social networking domination. According to the NY Times, Facebook’s Social Ad platform may be illegal in New York under a 100 year old privacy law that states that “any person whose name, portrait, picture, or voice… Read More

  • Mother discovers daughters trading 'naughty' items on Facebook

    Mother discovers daughters trading 'naughty' items on Facebook

    Y’all know I hate those stupid Facebook applications. Every single last one of them, including the “Arrested Development” one, and I’m pretty sure that’s the best TV show I’ve ever seen. But if there’s one way to revitalize rapidly shrinking newspaper circulation, it’s to write about Facebook and its wild and crazy apps. Some mom did just that. Read More

  • Facebook Censors Ron Paul?

    Facebook Censors Ron Paul?

    The theme of my email inbox this morning (it’s morning for me, anyway) is that for some reason a search for presidential candidate “Ron Paul” in Facebook Groups yields zero results. The reason isn’t because there aren’t any Ron Paul groups – a search for “Paul” shows hundreds. For some reason, the search is blocked. Other candidate show up just fine. Read More

  • The Facebook Ad Backlash Begins

    The Facebook Ad Backlash Begins

    Within hours of Facebook’s announcement of its social advertising plans, the backlash began. What about privacy? What about relevance? (I know everyone is sick of hearing about Facebook, but there are some important business issues at stake here, so bear with me). As far as privacy goes, there is none on Facebook, in that any information you share is fair game for targeting by advertisers. Read More

  • iLike vs. Facebook: The Battle For The Music Artist

    iLike vs. Facebook: The Battle For The Music Artist

    Facebook just got a whole lot friendlier for music artists. With the launch of Facebook Ads, it is welcoming bands and musicians to set up their own public Facebook pages where members can sign up as fans. Alas, there will be no standalone Facebook Music service. Instead, Facebook is treating music artists just like any other brands, which can also set up their own Facebook pages, collect fans… Read More

  • Changing the Face of Brand Advertising Online

    Changing the Face of Brand Advertising Online

    It’s offical. Facebook is now an advertising network with Web-wide ambitions. Today’s announcement of Facebook Ads is the company’s play to become a major force in brand advertising online, as we reported previously. Facebook Ads is a new platform for creating and disseminating socially-aware ads on Facebook. Facebook Ads is comprised of three parts: Ads targeted at Facebook… Read More

  • MySpace To Announce Self-Serve Hyper Targeted Advertising Network

    MySpace To Announce Self-Serve Hyper Targeted Advertising Network

    MySpace will announce plans to introduce a new advertising platform, “SelfServe by MySpace,” at Ad:Tech Monday. The service itself will launch to a limited set of advertisers in the next sixty days. The nearly $1 billion Google search deal signed last year is not affected by this product. Google handles search and text ads only; the new MySpace platform is for display ads on profile… Read More