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Blockbuster Sued for Facebook’s Lack of Discretion

FacebookWhile I’ve been posting blog posts quietly puzzling over the role of Facebook and how it seems unnecessarily intrusive, a Dallas woman, more proactive and litigious than I, has sued Blockbuster Video.

The woman rented videos from Blockbuster. Blockbuster told Facebook which videos they were. Facebook’s controversial Beacon program published the information for the world to see, the suit alleges.

Here‘s the story. It’s always interesting, if not enlightening, when technology issues go to court.

Does somebody want to search for Cathryn Harris on Facebook and see what the videos were?

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Consume Your Web With The New Facebook Mini Feed


Facebook has made good on its promise to expand the site’s “Mini Feed” feature, allowing users to import data from popular external services like, Flickr, Yelp, Digg and Picasa.

Content aggregation, pulling in posts from a wide range of sites, is the current hotness among social websites and Facebook’s new features are in many ways an answer to services like Plaxo Pulse, FriendFeed and Iminta which offer similar capabilities.

But since Facebook is already more popular than the dedicated aggregation sites, the new features mean Facebook’s competitors face an even tougher fight for users.

However, despite the fact that you can pull data into the mini feed, Facebook’s importing support is still a limited. For instance, if you’d like to pull in your Flickr or Picasa photos and have them show up in you Facebook photo albums, you’re out of luck. The images will show up in the mini feed, but that’s it.

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Facebook Is In The News

All over the industry news, all the time, and as far as I can tell there’s not terribly much to say about it.

lynx --dump | sed -e 's/ /\n/g' | grep -c Facebook

That’s 41 mentions of the word Facebook currently on the front page of Techmeme, the tech news aggregator.

As my investor friend remarked last night, “This kid had a brilliant idea for a web site, and now his site is worth a billion dollars. And his idea was: copy Friendster.”

I’m not that dismissive — I know all about the apps and the API and the innovation. I just don’t fully share the excitement. Would someone like to explain what I’m missing?


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Embrace Flickr Video’s Limitations With ‘Long Portraits’


Flickr’s new video upload options are bit limited with a ninety-second cap, but sometimes limitations inspire interesting new ideas — like the “long portrait.” Long Portraits are simply short video clips that attempt to capture the “essence” of a person and still fit the limitations of Flickr video.

Create for the idea goes to the inventive folks over at Photojojo who were inspired by this post from Jason Kottke.

The Photojojo blog describes a long portrait as:

a 30-second (or less) portrait of a person, kind of like a video snapshot. It lets you capture the essence of a person: not just what they look like, but who they are right now.

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More Ways to Expose One’s Mundanities


Following my screed about putting the details of your lunch online, a couple of people pointed out FoodFeed.

FoodFeed is a Twitter-based feed in which you tell the world exactly what you’re eating when. It’s searchable, so you can find other people who like coffee too.

What do you think? Is this useful? Is it fun? How much quotidian detail do you like to share online?