Some Good Facebook Reads
As a companion to my own initial, admittedly still-disjointed thoughts on Facebook’s announcements, here’s a roundup of articles I found particularly insightful or helpful in starting to make sense of things.
Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News has an overall take that’s a great place to start.
Robert Scoble captures what Facebook’s ambitions amount to here, notes that Facebook just built the social Web version of the transcontinental railroad for the social Web, and digs into some technical aspects of the plan. Very smart, not instantly paranoid, and he talked to Zuck.
This is interesting about Facebook Credits, Facebook’s embryonic payment system. Remember Dave McClure’s prediction that Facebook would become the default payment system for (among many other things) subscriptions because of the lack of sign-on friction? Here’s how it starts.
Paul Gillin has a great take on why the new Facebook features will be good for average Web users.
ReadWriteWeb explains the dangers of one company having this much power. Like everything else, this will be explored extensively in the coming weeks and months. Privacy advocates need time to sift through everything that got announced yesterday, too.
On Mediate, Philip Bump puts the privacy concerns in perspective, connecting them back to Facebook’s ill-fated Beacon. Valuable context for thinking along with Facebook as they plot their strategy.
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