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Facebook Dominates (and the new READ button on FB)

What with Facebook’s new redesign launched at their F8 conference this week and the storm of commentary on that we library folk might lose sight of two things.

First: Facebook is ‘freakin’ huge! – indeed the biggest online social network by a long shot:

CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook’s Dominance Of Social Networks

“To show how thoroughly Facebook dominates the social networking landscape, comScore passed along this chart of time spent on various social networks. 90% of all time on social networks is spent on Facebook, with other social networks comprised of Myspace, Tumblr, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others, according to comScore.”

And, second, you did notice that Facebook added a ‘Read’ button, eh?! I’m not sure how it’s pronounced – read as ‘red’ or ‘reed’ – but it’s a real threat/opportunity for libraries and social reading. Anyway, read more here (if you click I won’t track it and share it automatically with everyone on Facebook like they might):

“Read” in Facebook – It’s Not a Button, So Be Careful What You Click!
via ReadWriteWeb by Richard MacManus

PullQuote: “While the focus of today’s Facebook announcements was the new Timeline profile, the Read, Watch, Listen media sharing apps have generated a lot of interest too. These so-called “social apps” haven’t been widely launched yet, but you can get a sense of what they will do by adding a couple of brand new newspaper social apps to your Facebook profile: The Guardian’s app and one from Washington Post. Be forewarned though, with these apps you’re automatically sending anything you read into your Facebook news feed. No “read” button. No clicking a “like” or “recommend” button. As soon as you click through to an article you are deemed to have “read” it and all of your Facebook friends and subscribers will hear about it. That could potentially cause you embarrassment and it will certainly add greatly to the noise of your Facebook experience.”

Coming Soon: Facebook’s Automatic “Read” Button
via TechCrunch by MG Siegler

“Unlike the Like button which gives you a way to explicitly share individual pieces of content, this Read plug-in (and presumably, Watch, Listen, etc, plugins) would allow third-parties to add a single button to their site to enable some of the automatic actions Facebook unveiled today.”

Read more past the links above too.

Who would have thought that a read app would be scary? Do you think patrons would be as cavalier with their library borrowing habits? or questions? or database searches? or surfing?


Update: “Logging out of Facebook is not enough — Dave Winer wrote a timely piece this morning about how Facebook is scaring him since the new API allows applications to post status items to your Facebook timeline without a users intervention. It is an extension of Facebook Instant and they call it frictionless sharing.” Link1, Link2

Posted on: September 25, 2011, 11:31 am Category: Uncategorized

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