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  • 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

  • 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More