Facebook Disabled My Account

Robert Scoble, Scobleizer, Jan 03, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Robert Scoble was kicked off Facebook 'for running a script'. Later that day, he discovered dataportability.org and became a convert to open social networks. He writes, "I am working with a company to move my social graph to other places and that isn't allowable under Facebook's terms of service." This, I think, is a pretty clear message from Facebook to the effect that it thinks it owns your data. Interestingly, it deleted Scoble's account from its system - as he notes here, Facebook can delete your information if it wishes. Interestingly, this now provides a resolution for the people who were unable to get off Facebook. Also, there's more here where he reveals he was using Plaxo Pulse. He comments, "It's ironic that you can import your Gmail address book into Facebook but you can't export back out." Steve O'Hear also comments, "the resistence of Facebook, MySpace, Google and most of the leading players in the user data space to offer easy data portability (I can't even backup my gmail with a simple one-click) is based on an old fashioned notion that lock-in is the best way to protect a strong market position."
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