Yesterday, social aggregator POWER.COM filed a countersuit against Facebook that raises some thorny issues for Facebook and adds some interesting defenses for the case of data portability and personal data ownership. It is not yet clear from reading the pleadings whether either party will win in this escalating case (there are some key issues and concepts on both sides that a Court will have to wade through), but it is clear the issue of Data Portability comes center stage. . . . → Read More: POWER.COM Serves FACEBOOK a PR HEADACHE, Thrusts DATA PORTABILITY into LEGAL Spotlight
Facebook, by virtue of its sheer size and scope, is often the first to run into issues that the rest of the social web will need to address sooner rather than later. To its credit, Facebook seems to be trying to address these issues in a way that protects their short and long term . . . → Read More: Redefining and Standardizing ‘Ownership’
Yesterday, Facebook took a further step in opening its network by introducing enhancements and new features to its developer APIs. Facebook’s new APIs make it easier for applications to update user statuses, links, and upload videos from outside of Facebook. This effort will likely generate a flurry of activity in the developer community as . . . → Read More: Is Facebook’s Move to “Openness” Setting a de facto Standard?
Excerpt from a tragic exit, a story of online eviction from Facebook, without notice, merit, or recourse:
All was definitely not well.
Facebook obliterated Nakedjen.
Obliterated. Deleted. Made me disappear.
And they did it without any warning or even a simple email telling me that I had done something wrong.
My email to them . . . → Read More: Graceful Exit: facebook evicts Nakedjen
Forget Open Standards…
Well, sort of. To date, the DataPortability project has often referred to its vision as “Open Standards based Data Portability”.
The problem, though, is that people don’t get why Open Standards are so important. Some even think that we’re advocating open standards for the sake of open standards. In . . . → Read More: Forget Open Standards