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  • Facebook Messages: Small Change, Big Impact.

    Dear Facebook: Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. In August Facebook opened up their messaging system to allow people to add normal email addresses. I wrote a post praising the change, but I specifically asked for more: Facebook makes you log on to the site to read messages/emails from your friends. They’ll send a note to your normal email address when a new message comes in, but they make… Read More

  • Buy A Virtual Gift And Fight Malaria

    Buy A Virtual Gift And Fight Malaria

    Causes is one of the most popular Facebook Applications, with over 300,000 active users. The service, which leverages virality to spread the word about worthy causes, aggregates 40,000 causes that benefit 13,000 nonprofits worldwide. In many ways, it’s a pyramid scheme for good. Now founders Sean Parker and Joe Green are leveraging another phenomenon to increase participation even… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologizes For Beacon

    Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologizes For Beacon

    Finally heeding calls to apologize for the privacy disaster surrounding Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took responsibility for the company’s mistakes in a blog post this morning. Excerpt: We’ve made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we’ve made even more with how we’ve handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release… Read More

  • More Facebook Advertisers Bail From Beacon. Plus, New Concerns.

    More Facebook Advertisers Bail From Beacon. Plus, New Concerns.

    The backlash against Facebook’s Beacon advertising program just gets worse every day. First, advertising partner Coca-Cola got cold feet over privacy issues. Now Overstock is bailing from the program, and Travelocity is having doubts. What’s more, all of this lack of confidence from the major advertising partners Facebook launched with is coming after it revised its policy to… Read More

  • OMG IRONY: Facebook founder's private docs available for your viewing pleasure

    OMG IRONY: Facebook founder's private docs available for your viewing pleasure

    The only thing more annoying than the BCS is Facebook, which, with every passing day, seems less and less “cool.” Not because I’m one of those privacy nuts, but it does seem that with every “Facebook is the next Google” article in Newsweek or whatever, I find myself a little “yay! Facebook is fun!.” But this is kinda lame. A Harvard-oriented… Read More

  • RockYou App Slides to Top Spot on Facebook

    RockYou App Slides to Top Spot on Facebook

    On Friday, RockYou took over the top spot on Facebook’s list of applications with the most active users. The application, called Super Wall, overtook Slide’s FunWall. Slide still has the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 6 Facebook apps, while RockYou only has one other app in the top ten (X Me, at No. 5). The top apps are still ruled by a few dominant names. In a press release touting that… Read More

  • Facebook Beacon Isn't On The Coke Side Of Life

    Facebook Beacon Isn't On The Coke Side Of Life

    An interesting article over at the NY Times details the failure of Coca-Cola to follow through on its initial commitment as a Facebook partner in Beacon. Coke had been named as a “Landmark Partner” in Beacon along with Verizon and Blockbuster when Facebook announced Beacon November 6. Notably Coca-Cola didn’t realize that Beacon wouldn’t be opt-in, and this was key in… Read More

  • Another $60 Million For Facebook

    Another $60 Million For Facebook

    When Facebook took a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month at a $15 billion valuation, they became, in theory, one of the most valuable Internet-only companies on the planet. But that valuation was tenuous at best. Microsoft and Facebook expanded their year-old advertising relationship as part of the deal. And Facebook was unable to get a third party to pony up cash to justify… Read More

  • Facebook Beacon 2.0: What You'll See

    Facebook Beacon 2.0: What You'll See

    With Facebook making changes to its Beacon program, users will see a new set of options every time they interact with a “Beacon Affiliate”. This is what you’ll see: Notification Facebook users will see a notification in the lower right corner of the screen after transacting with a Beacon Affiliate. Options include “No Thanks” that will immediately stop the… Read More

  • Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon

    Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon

    Reports surfaced yesterday, and now we have the official word from Facebook. Users will now have to opt-in to share purchases via Beacon: Stories about actions users take on external websites will continue to be presented to users at the top of their News Feed the next time they return to Facebook. These stories will now always be expanded on their home page so they can see and read… Read More

  • Facebook Competitor College Tonight "Goes Public," Raises $1.6M

    Facebook Competitor College Tonight "Goes Public," Raises $1.6M

    College Tonight, one of a group of startups that is trying to win over Facebook’s core college membership, has raised a $1.6 million round of financing. Oh, and they went “public.” This isn’t really going public, though. They’ve merged with a barely alive public entity called Simex Technologies (SMXT), which is trading at $0.49 per share on the Nasdaq pink sheets. Read More

  • You don't write on your own Facebook wall

    You don't write on your own Facebook wall

    I gotta say, it’s pretty damn hilarious to see people treating Facebook (and other Web 9.2 companies) like it’s Standard Oil. And you know it’s getting out of hand when the, shall we say, older people of America try to get in on the action. Take John Biggs, our muscular editor. John, boss, don’t write on your own wall. It’s a place where people write dumb little… Read More

  • Report That Facebook May Cave on Beacon: Victory For Users May Be Nigh

    Report That Facebook May Cave on Beacon: Victory For Users May Be Nigh

    The upswell of concern relating to Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, including a campaign from Moveon.org may have been successful ,with BusinessWeek reporting that Facebook is discussing changes to the program that could be announced as soon as tomorrow (Nov 29). Facebook executives are said to “deep talks over proposed changes late into the afternoon on Nov. Read More

  • Social Networking is made of people!

    Social Networking is made of people!

    Cory Doctorow writes a pithy yet readable analysis of Facebook and its ilk, pointing out that these sites bind is us in ways that seem useful but are in fact perfunctory and useless. You’d think that Facebook would be the perfect tool for handling all this. It’s not. For every long-lost chum who reaches out to me on Facebook, there’s a guy who beat me up on a weekly basis… Read More

  • Screenshots And Details On Upcoming MySpace "News Feeds"

    Screenshots And Details On Upcoming MySpace "News Feeds"

    A Reuters article earlier today gave a few details on MySpace’s upcoming “new feeds” product (which is what Facebook calls their similar product launched a year ago. We spoke to MySpace and got a much deeper look at the product, as well as screenshots of how it will look. The new product, to be called “Friends Updates,” will begin to roll out to users this… Read More

  • Facebook got drunk with ABC News over the weekend, posted pics, now there's a politics section

    Facebook got drunk with ABC News over the weekend, posted pics, now there's a politics section

    Now banned in Syria, Facebook is getting into U.S. politics. Woooohoooo!. Facebook signed a deal with ABC News, apparently giving the site an air of credibility beyond the “look how drunk we got last night” crowd. Users will be able to follow off-air ABC reporters as they cover all the excitement of the campaign, from candidates dodging answers in Des Moines to professional… Read More

  • Facebook Privacy Issue Won't Die

    Facebook Privacy Issue Won't Die

    When news hit last week that Facebook was publishing user information gathered from third party sites (like ecommerce purchases) and publishing in the news feed, my assumption was it would quickly blow over. Facebook is continuously pushing the envelope with new features, and there always seems to be short term backlash when they try something new. But it isn’t clear that the new… Read More

  • Big Brother Facebook: Does Anyone Care?

    Big Brother Facebook: Does Anyone Care?

    There’s been another round of “Facebook is bad because they use our data” postings this weekend. The general argument is that Facebook should provide users the ability to opt-out of data sharing, both at a friends level and with advertisers. MoveOn.org is even leading a campaign complete with a petition calling on Facebook to provide privacy as the default setting with… Read More

  • Alexa's Make Believe Internet

    Alexa's Make Believe Internet

    Amazon’s Alexa traffic reporting service has little credibility left among people who follow traffic trends. Most analytics services, like Comscore, don’t measure small sites well, but they tend to get it right for the larger sites. Alexa seems to get everything wrong, no matter how large or small the site. Example: In August Alexa said that YouTube passed Google itself in total… Read More

  • 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… Read More