Perhaps the reason Facebook won’t sell is it’s already owned. By the spooks. [via Desedo] In related news, Hugh MacLeod doesn’t really want to be my friend, or yours on Quechup (a social net with serious boundary issues).
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Danah Boyd, Noah Brier and Rob Walker are questioning Facebook’s role in their lives. They’re not alone. Just two weeks ago Om Malik, Scoble and Calacanis conducted a distancing ceremony. Danah explains: I lost control over my Facebook tonight. Or rather, the context got destroyed. For months, I’ve been ignoring most friend requests. Tonight, I […]
Matthew Creamer of Ad Age spent some time on Facebook for this latest entry into the YAFS* log. Want to send Julie Roehm a virtual beer or lychee martini? Need to connect with Tom Ajello, star of the ill-fated Subway viral-video pitch and famous fist-bumper? Or give Stuart Elliott a “poke”? Then it’s time to […]
BusinessWeek had the effrontery to run yet another Facebook story (YAFS) with the sorry headline, “Fogeys Flock to Facebook.” I may be over 40, but damn, I am in no way prepared to handle the unbearable weight of that description. So screw BusinessWeek. I could point out, as the article does, how Facebook signs up […]
According to the Los Angeles Times, Walt Disney Co. is buying the Club Penguin virtual community in a $350-million deal that could eventually be worth as much as $700 million. Launched in October 2005, Club Penguin has more than 700,000 paid subscribers and 12 million registered users, most of them in the United States and […]
Ad Age, hoping for a New York Post-worthy story, but not getting it, addresses the sexual predator factor on MySpace again. How many advertisers backed out of MySpace last week after it revealed it had deleted the profiles of 29,000 known sex offenders — more than four times the number originally suspected — from its […]
Scoble, Calacanis and Om Malik are all writing about “Facebook Fatigue.” So there must be something to it. The again, maybe not. Colin Pape in a comment on GigaOm puts it this way: I think you media pundits are forgetting that most of us don’t have 4,000 people wanting to become our friends, and we […]