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Ryan Merket

Member since: Nov 22nd, 2005

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Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back (Download Squad)

Jan 3rd 2008 7:41PM 1. I am very aware of this, and this just further supports my point that Facebook is a social network, not your personal Rolodex.

2. And it's already a goldmine for people who don't pay, all you need is an application with a lot of friends. Imagine the FQL queries that could be ran on a userbase of +1,000,000.

The only thing "walled" are means of outside communication (IM screenname, phone, e-mail, address).

3. Right, so why would I want to allow some 3rd party application to have it when my friends already do?

4. You're right, I apologize for the assumption.

1. Zuckerberg is not a leader, he follows.
--Creating the first social network for college students and being the first to create a application platform that allows developers to monetize within the social network is not leading? Hmmph, crazy.

2. There is no incentive for Facebook to be open. Period.
--Sure there is, if Facebook becomes a "2nd" home while online, then I would want it open just as much as I have everything open on my OS. But, because it is completely online, privacy MUST come first. Will Facebook gradually create new windows in the "wall" - yes, does Facebook listen to the users - yes.

3. Facebook is not, nor save for the brief moment subsequent to the release of Facebook apps have they ever been, a true leader in the space. They will not take a risk, no matter how calculated. I think this is ultimately going to lead to their downfall.
--What do you call Beacon, News feed, opening to the public (pissed a lot of college people off), and Pages? I call them all risks...

Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back (Download Squad)

Jan 3rd 2008 4:33PM Maybe it's not about whether YOU want to access YOUR information. Maybe I don't want just any application to have access to my e-mail address. In fact, maybe I don't want all of my Facebook friends to have my e-mail address. It's all about privacy, and when you start handing out your personal information there needs to be some type of throttle as to have far that information gets.

What if Company A purchased a Facebook account with 50,000 friends, and created an application to search those 50,000 where it returned the e-mail addresses of those who have "Apple" in their interests. Now Facebook has become nothing more than a marketing goldmine for spammers. That is exactly what Facebook is trying to avoid. It is a social network -- nothing more. Can you really blame them for trying to stay true to their model?

Look, instead of jumping on the "Facebook will never be open" bandwagon, why don't you wait and see what Facebook does in the future? Or is it easy to write about something that is almost destined to git the front page of Digg, right or wrong, and increase page views?

Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back (Download Squad)

Jan 3rd 2008 2:53PM Hey,

I got an idea... let's blow something completely out of proportion. Yes, your data can be retrieved quite easily with the Facebook APIs (see FriendsCSV application). In fact, I could write an application that will allow you to export all of your friends data, yes all of it (excluding e-mail -- if you don't already have that are you really their friend, really?) into any format you wish; Outlook, Excel, iCal, Google Cal, JSON, XML, etc.

The doors are there, just because you don't know how to find the knobs doesn't mean the door doesn't open.

Paying the top DIGG/REDDIT/Flickr/Newsvine users (or "$1,000 a month for doing what you're already doing.") (The Jason Calacanis Weblog)

Jul 19th 2006 9:09AM #380 on DIGG. Been slipping the past few months, but would be willing to put everything into Netscape. I use scores of sites for sources.

I would be willing to take less than $1,000 (based on my DIGG ranking).

Basecamp, now free for teachers (Download Squad)

Nov 22nd 2005 12:19PM This is really cool and will come in handy.