Zuckerberg: Facebook blocked Ping over data reciprocity

Summary:Zuckerberg on Ping: "we want to have an understanding that you won't just import our data..."

At day two of the Web 2.0 Summit John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly asked Mark Zuckerberg why Facebook pulled its social data from Ping:

He says that Facebook has had to invest tens of millions of dollars into infrastructure to enable games from large developers like Zynga, which is why Facebook and Zynga agreed to a formal alliance.

Zuckerberg says that if the company is going to make an investment like this, "we want to have an understanding that you won't just import our data — and that you try to contribute back. We’re working through that."

Wait, what?

Facebook doesn't want to give its data to Ping without reciprocity?

If this sounds familiar that's because it's the exact same issue that Facebook got called out for by Google just a week ago. Google disabled Gmail contact export into Facebook (which FB later hacked) because Facebook won't share its contact data with Google.

Cue the double standards.

Tip: TechCrunch Photo: Nchacko

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, CXO, Social Enterprise


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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