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The big controversy of the day is Facebook comments, stemming off the big post on TechCrunch looking at their own use of Facebook comments. The result of the switch up are less comments but the comments made are of higher quality. It’s clear that the comments roll out is part of their larger strategy to be your primary web service for pretty much anything, which means they are basically taking on Google.
Some people are not too happy about Facebook’s latest attempt for ‘global domination.’ The other big objection is that Facebook is killing your authenticity. The idea is that since you have to use your Facebook ID across the web, you are going to sterilize it and your own actions online. Anonymity is not authenticity. This whole ‘killing authenticity’ argument is complete foolish bullshit. Hey look, Robert Scoble agrees with me.
A better argument against it is that Facebook is essentially stripmalling the web, pretending to care about us when they really just want our money. They pretend to help us communicate, but the network, by its nature, misses out on the reality of social interactions. This is a great point. However, it’s not news to anyone. If you haven’t realized this for the years you’ve been a member of Facebook or any other social network. The sudden arrival of Facebook comments has done little to change the fact that Facebook is a business and trying to sell you a service.
Facebook comments does have a number of advantages for publishers. That being said, good comments have a lot more to do with the publishers than the platform. Comments are good, but only as good as the blogger interacting in them.
Some folks, of course, have no interest in switching.
Worth looking at today:
According to the NYT, Fox is considering dropping Glenn Beck. If only.
While you were weekending:
Nifty infographic explains why you should secure your smartphone.
How screwed is RIM? Pretty screwed, considering that their last hope is a tablet.
Halo Wars is getting a sequel. I actually liked the first game quite a bit, so I’m looking forward to the next one.