“Scandal you say?” Yeah, pretty much. The internet community has been in a building uproar over the controversial Facebook ad beacon system. A system that would completely compromise your security and privacy without you knowing. Facebook & it’s CEO Mark zuckerberg have publicly conceded deafeat… “We’ve made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we’ve made even more with how we’ve handled them,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook’s blog. “We simply did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it.” aka “The other day I was thinking there is no such thing as bad pr, now, i kind of see it as, “We tried to trick you and take our money and that kept pissing you off and we thought it would like go away, but you kept yelling at us through the door like in that After the Rain video.”
There was a partial fix to the problem with some bad PR spin attached, but it looks as if the company has collapsed in the face of the opposition, thanks to you… reader & writers in the blogosphere.”iDon’t believe that this story would have affected much if it wasn’t for the blogging community.” said one source, from microsoft geek bloggers to those steeped in apple geekery, today is a day to bask in the power of the written word no matter which side of the fence you are.
When the story first broke, mainstream media didn’t seem to care, almost as if they wouldn’t come to terms that a new media site was worth mentioning. This is irresponsible, as something like between 20,000 and 200,000 users join each day. imagine if that were the Charles in Charge series ratings, exactly. So with the power of democracy and the web community taking a stand, sites like moveon.org pushed the issues into the limelight and the on-line community would not let it go under it was covered by all american media, the place where facebook affects most users.
So as a writer, reporter, blogger, humorist, american of the human kind, i thank the blogging community for putting the pressure on the marketing marmots and weasels of the world. We have won one for privacy, but lost the confidence of a new media social site… can redemption be far off or is this a black mark on face book that we won’t soon forget?