Friday, September 4, 2009

Facebook Knows What You Did Last Summer

In the column The Medium - Facebook Exodus the author gives several examples of individuals abandoning Facebook. One of the users profiled quit Facebook because after recommending a movie on a different web site she found it had updated her Facebook page. Facebook was spying on her.

I think this is the future of online updates. Google is getting into the game too. You can passively update your friends to let them know what you've been up to online. Several sites already aggregate updates from individual web sites to give a stream of what you been doing. You don't need to post on Twitter that you updated photos on Flickr. Everybody can already see that on FriendFeed. Sooner or later status updates will not be necessary because everything you do online will be available in a feed somewhere.

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