Moves Changes Privacy Policy

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Mere days after the fitness-tracking app Moves assured users about their privacy after its acquisition by Facebook, the company has changed its privacy policy to allow itself to share data with third parties. The Wall Street Journal reported the changes late Monday, which were pushed as an app update to Moves users.
http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/05/app-changes-its-privacy-policy-ten-days-after-facebook-acquisition/

Is anyone surprised that Facebook, a company built on having as much of your data as possible, would change the privacy policy of a new acquisition?

When I first heard Moves was acquired it made perfect sense. Now Facebook would have both a fitness/health app and a way to track user location 24/7 to better target advertising.

Copyblogger Removing Comments from Blog

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The content marketing blog, Copyblogger, has come to the decision to remove comments from its blog. They cite the following three reasons:

  1. There are a multitude of places to continue the conversation. Some places might even be even better than the comments section of a blog post.
  2. Fleshed out comments would be better suited as stand-alone blog posts. It also seemed like Copyblogger wouldn’t mind the SEO benefits of more inbound links.
  3. Spam, which finds its way through even modern, sophisticated spam filters.

I can’t comment on the spam. My commenters are all so insightful, and easy enough to manage on my own. All one comment I’ve received.

If it weren’t for the second point, I probably wouldn’t be posting this recap. It makes perfect sense for smart comments to become their own entities.

My biggest umbrage with their decision boils down with their number one reason for removing comments: the conversation can continue on social media in a number of social media networks.

The best part of blogs are the living entity that occurs in the comments section. By not giving a consolidated place for readers to give their opinion, blog posts lose that spark of life.

While social media might allow a better place for conversations than a blog post, the sheer number of social outlets leads to a conversation diaspora. How an individual will find and consume these points of view is past my view.

I hope this is only a temporary experiment. Even more so, I hope this doesn’t become an overarching trend.

App.net to Offer Free Accounts

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App.net moves toward the norm with announcing free, limited accounts. Experimenting with pay-to-play social media isn’t dead, but has now moved to a freemium model.

I have no experience with App.net, as the $50 (then $36 then $5 monthly) barrier to entry was too steep to add another social media feed to follow. I’ve already been burned adopting Google Wave and Google+ early. Wave and Google+ suffered not having enough interaction to make them worthwhile. I could only imagine how bad the adoption numbers would be when customers had to pay.

I can see the freemium model growing App.net exponentially, especially if the product is as phenomenal as they’d have you believe. More users means more value, means more users, creating a winning cycle for the small social network.

 

So, does anyone have an invite?