In an unexpected way, the internet was full of the rumor of the shutdown of Facebook on March 15. Facebook officials were quick to respond and tell that the rumor was started by sites seeking cheap publicity.
The rumor site weeklyworldnews.com wrote, Zuckerberg, in a statement said, "Facebook is completely excessive, I must end all this madness. All the pressure is now managing this company has ruined my life."
Texts, chat and email all in one @facebook.com
Facebook has recently started its email service and is slowly opening the @facebook.com email address to it’s registered members.
It’s official, Google thinks, Facebook is a virtual black hole!
A black hole, is a star or planet that has shrunken such that it has an infinite mass and virtually nothing, even light, escapes its gravitational field. Google thinks the same holds true for Facebook because it can’t crawl the personal data held in the social network.
The fact that more an more people are embracing Facebook for their social presence (and, ignore Google’s Buzz!) is the biggest source of headache of the search giant these days. Facebook is challenging the biggest obsession of Google – hoarding every data in the world. When more than 500 million users lock their information in Facebook, Google is sure to get mad! After all, Google is the undisputed emperor of the internet, winning every battle with its ‘data might’.
Highlighting an intensifying rivalry with Facebook, Google Inc has started blocking Facebook from grabbing information about Google users’ social and professional contacts in Gmail.
Earlier, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had expressed Google’s interest in getting access to Facebook users’ contact lists.
Apple says that more than one-third of the iTunes users who have downloaded iTunes 10 in 48 hours of it’s release, have signed-up for Ping. With that impressive number Ping, the social engine of Apple,
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s public profile got a comment, telling him, "nothing to worry about here… Ping kinda sucks." Jay Yarow noted, Apple CEO Steve Job’s profile is not public in Ping.
Fred Wilson says, Ping is not that social and it is not about music either. Looks like it is only made for music purchases and celebrities. Some points Apple needs to address:
- Would you download a software, iTunes, to create a social network ?
- The social network is confined in a single software. No web, no nothing!
- Worst, it doesn’t even interact with the iTune’s music collection. Ping friends don’t know what I am listening to.
- People love to hear others talk. But, bad for Ping, there aren’t any positive reviews of Ping. Not, yet!
Finger crossed, Apple will sort out the problem with Facebook and recording companies to make Ping a bit more useful.
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