In a stealthy move that’s bound to lead to a backlash, Facebook surprised its 901 million users with a gift ie. a @facebook.com email address is now displaying by default on their Timelines. Users who don’t like the change can click the “about” link in their profile and then click the “edit” button next to their contact information to hide their @facebook.com email address from their timeline.
Facebook rolled out their @facebook email addresses back in 2010 in an attempt to consolidate email with all types of messages – including Facebook messages. The problem for Facebook is that using Facebook as an email service hasn’t been the most popular feature. Now, in a pretty sly attempt to promote the Facebook email address, users are noticing that their contact info now features their firstname.lastname@example.org address as their primary email address. via Like It Or Not, Your Facebook Email Address Is Now Listed By Default | WebProNews.
While still relatively unknown, Facebook Credits will emerge and begin to mean very real cash to a quickly expanding group of first-mover entrepreneurs and innovators who are just starting to get a whiff of the opportunities presented by the Facebook Credits economy.
Last week, Facebook announced that it is getting rid of Facebook Credits, in favor of real money. Users will start paying for virtual goods using their native currencies: Dollars, Pounds, Yen, etc. This represents the beginning of users being able to treat their Facebook account like a bank account, or at least like a PayPal account. via Would You Trust Facebook With Your Money In The Real World?
Only hours after releasing the new — yet very unofficial — feature, Facebook pulled it from its iOS and Android apps and disabled the mobile page.
When contacted, a Facebook spokesperson told Wired: “This wasn’t a formal release — this was just something that a few engineers were testing. With all tests, some get released as full products, others don’t. Nothing more to say on this for now, but we’ll communicate to everyone when there is something to say.”
Facebook launched a new location-based feature for mobile called “Friendshake”, which helped a user find people in his vicinity, but pulled it hours after it went live. via Facebook launches Find Friends Nearby feature — then pulls it
More people are putting detailed information about their lives and careers online. As a result, it is much easier to determine if a partner has additional funds from an extra business or access to assets, as showcased by pictures of lavish vacations on Facebook, when claiming poverty in a divorce proceeding. Once discovered, this information can provide leverage in negotiation settlements. – Looking for Hidden Assets in a Divorce? There’s an App for That
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously stated that he believes that children under 13 should be allowed to use Facebook. “That will be a fight we take on at some point,” he said, according to news reports. And now, news reports reveal that Facebook is developing technology that would allow kids who are under the age of 13 to join—albeit with more parental controls and with a lockdown option. via Facebook Junior? The Implications of Expanding Facebook’s Universe to the Under-13 Crowd
Although privacy activists have concerns about Facebook’s acquisition of facial recognition service Face.com last week, there are reasons why brands might see benefits from the partnership. via Why Advertisers Will Drool Over Facebook’s Acquisition Of Face.com