Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You.

So Chirp, the Twitter conference, was last week, with their big announcements about the future of the platform. This past week, not to be outdone, Facebook’s F8 conference has been going on. Here’s the latest.

Now, I will fully admit (and you know this already) that I detest Facebook and all this stuff makes my brain hurt – so I won’t try and summarize – but better to hear it all from the peeps who were there, anyway.  Dig into these at your leisure.  There are a lot of links here, don’t feel you need to read them all unless you’re especially into this stuff. :)

Here are some links about their specific announcements:

Live Coverage Of Facebook’s f8 Developer Event (All Facebook) – no longer live, obviously, but this is an easy-to-read summary of Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote.

Building the Social Web Together (Facebook Blog) – this is Zuckerberg’s own watered-down-for-FB-users blog post version.

Facebook: What They Announced At F8 (TheNextWeb) – this is the clearest summary of the announcements I’ve seen so far; if you just want to read one link, make it this one.

More on…

Open Graph - With the Open Graph Protocol, Any URL Can Be Treated Just Like a Facebook Page (Inside Facebook)

Virtual Currency - Facebook Consolidates Its Virtual Currency with Facebook Credits (ReadWriteWeb)

Insights - Facebook Insights: Taking Web Analytics to the Next Level (ReadWriteWeb) -Microsoft Taps Into Facebook’s Open Graph To Launch

Social Plugins - Facebook Opens Up Social Tools To Broader Web

And.. no-one’s quite sure if all of this is good or bad for the future of the internet – but everyone agrees it’s a pretty big deal.

According to this post, “Facebook is only concerned about two things. Amassing the biggest profile database in the world and convert[ing] that into a sickening amount of money. Today’s announcements were just the opening salvo on their march to integrate themselves so deeply in the web that we can’t do without them.”

My take? As says Yoda: “Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.†  I don’t really know what all of this means for associations, (and apologies for the mixed metaphors), but I know we need to be paying attention before we wake up one day to find ourselves deep in the Matrix, hooked up to tubes with the machine world sucking out our brains.

Just sayin’. :)



ltwhite April 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm

RT @maddiegrant: SocialFishing: Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You. <thanks for the info>

bainsight April 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Reading: Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You. #baot

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StefanW April 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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Susuh April 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

RT @StefanW: One graph to rule us all: "Make No Mistake. #Facebook Will Own You." by @maddiegrant

Twittwoch April 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

RT @maddiegrant: SocialFishing: Make No Mistake. #Facebook Will Own You.
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Lindy Dreyer April 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

Is Darth Vader to Facebook as Luke Skywalker is to Google? I’m far less pessimistic about Facebook, though I appreciate your point. Still Google owns me far more than Facebook (and I know Google owns you, too.)

I guess I’m actually glad that there are two sides to “the Force.” The competition should create some kind of checks and balances.

ConnectRichmond April 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

RT @connectnetwork: Recent announcements from the Facebook conference leave mixed reactions.

MMidas April 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

#Privacy and #SocialGraph: "Make No Mistake. #Facebook Will Own You." by @maddiegrant

bkmacdaddy April 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You.

gillsaint April 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

RT @bkmacdaddy: Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You.

antoineguedes April 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

RT @bkmacdaddy: Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You.

Maddie Grant April 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I think there’s a difference in that Google was always about being open, but people want some privacy and Google has had to accommodate that. Facebook was always about being private, but they are forcing more and more openness to make money against. Their tactics are what’s potentially evil.

Found this quote that I like here:

“For Google, having users share private information is a constant risk and an unfortunate side affect of its services, perhaps even a liability. For Facebook, it is a business model.”

maddiegrant April 24, 2010 at 2:47 am

Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You. — SocialFish

Maggie McGary April 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

My issue with Facebook is that they are now deliberately trying to trick people into revealing private data. I don’t know how there can be spam and privacy laws, yet it’s perfectly legal for Facebook to constantly make changes to their privacy settings that include defaulting everyone back to sharing everything then putting it on the user to go on a hunt for how to opt back out. This partner thing, for instance–yesterday when you went to privacy settings in Facebook then applications and websites had a check box that was default checked to “share” your information on partner websites. Today I noticed several people’s status updates directing people to go to that section and uncheck the box. So by this evening, they had hidden that setting down another level, and have written a whole treatise on why it benefits YOU to allow your data to be shared, then added the caveat in fine print under the check box “Please keep in mind that if you opt out, your friends may still share public Facebook information about you to personalize their experience on these partner sites unless you block the application.” In other words, you can try to opt out but we’ll still share your info via your friends.

I am starting to really hate Facebook, which sucks because at the same time, I do think it’s a powerful tool. I’m hating the total disregard for anything but the almighty dollar and I hate the slick way they’re chipping away at people’s privacy. At the same time, I like that Facebook helps me achieve business goals and I admit that I’m psyched that the page I manage is 10 “likers” away from 20,000. And that I couldn’t put that “like” button on my blog fast enough because I wanted to see how it worked.


textpack April 24, 2010 at 6:55 am

Make no mistake. Facebook will own you

Grant_Writer April 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Facebook will own me? Oh, tut-tut, I beg to differ –

chrisuschan April 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

@maggielmcg what FB page do you manage? per your comment on "Facebook Will Own You"

rjleaman April 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

RT @SocialFishFood Make No Mistake. Facebook Will Own You.

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