Amazon and Facebook Connect: a social shopping experience (sorta)

Summary:When the largest online store on the web integrates with the largest social network, good things happen.Today you can connect your Facebook account with your Amazon account.

When the largest online store on the web integrates with the largest social network, good things happen.

Today you can connect your Facebook account with your Amazon account. You can see a list of your friends' birthdays, with gift suggestions.

You can also see relavent products related to your friends' interests.

Every one of your friends now has a "Facebook profile" on Amazon too, which lists their favorite books, movies and TV shows. There are no interactive links with Facebook's graph API, or any new sharing features on Amazon.

Amazon also states it's terms of use front and center when you connect your accounts:

  • Amazon will not share information from your account with Facebook.
  • Amazon will not share your purchase history with Facebook.
  • Amazon will not attempt to contact your Facebook friends.
  • Amazon will never post anything to your Facebook Wall without your consent.

I think this is a cool feature, but it's not complete. There are many more ways Amazon can build social features from Facebook into it's website. They should challenge Blippy or Swipely and do social shopping the right way, by adding everyone's purchases into a combined social feed.

Topics: Collaboration, Amazon, Social Enterprise

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Andrew Mager is a hacker advocate at Spotify in New York City. Before moving to NY, Andrew worked at SimpleGeo & Ning in San Francisco. Previously, he was an associate technical producer at CBS Interactive. Andrew studied print & electronic journalism at Virginia Tech, where he created a student-run online news publication called Planet B... Full Bio

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