Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

Summary: Facebook is taking over our lives, one status message from one app at a time.

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If you thought Facebook was everywhere before, brace yourself. We're just scratching the surface of where the social networking is going: world domination.

See also: Facebook unveils revamped profile design: Timeline Facebook gets media and lifestyle integration, including Spotify

On Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the next wave of Facebook's Open Graph platform, which will basically give way to sharing all sorts of actions and information from different apps and services. Even more basically than that, it will enable Facebook members to share just about anything and everything they are doing online. (Well, at least everything that is appropriate.)

The highlight here is that this is being extended to media and lifestyle apps, such as Netflix, Spotify, The Daily, and Flipboard. Facebook has a whole host of partners, but within a year -- you name the app, and these features will probably be available. It's not exactly the kind of music and movie streaming integration people were possibly expecting, such as an extension of Facebook's existing in-program rentals from Warner Bros. and other studios down the road.

But, there's really no escaping Facebook at this point. So if you thought it was annoying when all of those Farmville notifications popped up on your News Feed, just wait. It's going to get so much more crowded. A peculiar side effect might be that with that much more information being posted on a regular basis, Facebook might see more return visits each day as users want to keep tabs more often.

I will admit there were some examples that caught my attention and favor, which I will likely use when available. For example, there will be direct integration of the Foodspotting app, which will post images and restaurant locations directly to one's profile -- er, Timeline. Sure, it helps define a person's personality on their Timeline, but in reality, it just helps people show off even more. And isn't that what Facebook is all about anyway?

The good news is that there are a couple ways to avoid this if you're not interested in all of this extra information and options. First, you can still choose to ignore certain items and users who post too often. (Come on, we all have someone that we've blocked from the News Feed.) Second, you could opt to not participate yourself. None of this stuff is mandatory, so if you see it in an app, just ignore it and move on. Facebook has promised less pop-up notifications and has rewritten them to make them clearer, but time will tell if users really find them less annoying or not.

However, for people who do like to share things often -- or even just once in a while and are looking for simpler ways to go about it -- then this next step for Open Graph really will benefit. Either way, it will change the way people use and view Facebook -- for better or worse.

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  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    I have only one question to Suckerberg. You say you will start creating the story of MY life automatically based on MY actions on Internet, can I own my story or you will own that for ever?
    boby_k
    • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

      @boby_k
      Suckerberg? Nice.

      If you tie all of your actions to your Facebook account, or not, is your decision. Figure it out.
      gtvr
    • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

      @boby_k Good question! Facebook own my friends, my shares, my stories, my thoughts... my relationships.
      addiedesign
    • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

      @boby_k Basically Boby_k, you OWN everything that is yours. Now, if you tuern it over to anyone else, then it becomes there's and you have no reason/need to compalin. Personally, I keep just enough on FB to steam along. I don't want anyone, except special people to know me that well. Not unlike others who share everything including shoe size, undewear color preference, what they ate for dinner, where, and how long it took them to get there. You post a pic obn FB? And it shows up elsewhere later, sorry, don't expect any sympathy for your actions/consequences. FB only owns as much as you give them, why don't people understand that?
      Charles_B
      • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

        @cboquin ,

        IT even goes beyond what you write on Facebook ( as a status update, ) It is A very intrusive internet "tracking" system. that tracks what sites you are visiting without your permission. What I mean is this, if you are logged into Facebook & leave the site while remaining logged in and then go visit other sites that also uses Facebook, those site that you visit "miraculously" detect you are a Facebook user & want you to sign into or sign up with their site using your Facebook account. And before anyone thinks it.. No I am not talking about a generalized " sign in with your Facebook account" notice, I am talking about a sign in permission pop up where they already have your Facebook Wall picture & user name put up ( asking you to sign in using our Facebook account), Kind of makes me wonder if anyone has thought of checking into a privacy issue lawsuit .
        dskyner1111@...
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    If your a private person and want to secure your digital life safe, simple and shareable then checkout www.snapcrowd.com. Good Luck facebook!
    snapcrowd
    • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

      @snapcrowd

      SnapCrowd is awesome. I love being able to put all of my photos and music in one place and being able to share them easily with friends and family. Highly recommend!
      jfryar
    • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

      @snapcrowd Snapcrowd! I use it at work and it's such a great tool. It makes sharing photos, videos, etc., with colleagues so easy. It really saves us a lot of time when working on projects.
      jcb1978
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    More reasons why I have never considered Facebook
    blkair
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    Never use it, don't need it, don't want it.
    DKFlorida
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    Facebook IS definitely a gold mine of information for advertising and private companies. The more features they add the more information they have in their grasp to sell. They don't care if you like the changes or not because they know people will have an even harder time abandoning their accounts. If you're like me and actually care about your Privacy Online, I would check out OnlyMeWorld--The only site that gets Privacy RIGHT with no e-mail address or real name required.
    erichuhai
  • My life is private, it is not a public spectacle

    I have no use for any service that is designed to remove my privacy or anonymity.

    I will never use any of the "social" services.
    sismoc
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    time to cancel my account...FB sucks rocks!
    Rob.sharp
    • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

      @rob.sharp@...
      I did this 1 year and a half ago.
      quedubruit
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    Thanks but no thanks. I don't want my life to be out in front of the world. It just amazes me that facebook is worth so much - are basically people so shallow that they need their lives displayed on Facebook? And most peoples lives are so boring - at least mine is :=-)
    abc123a
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    In seven days I am deleting my Facebook account. I have already created a Google+ account. I have been concerned about Facebook's security or lack there of. Now there giving access to our personal information to their advertisers is too much for me. I am waiting seven days so all my family and friends know that I am leaving Facebook and why.
    mpstyron@...
    • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

      @mpstyron@...
      If that are your concerns about Facebook, then good luck with Google+ :-p
      belli_bettens@...
  • Facebook and other private companies destroying our freedom

    I can think of no better use for executive action than for the president to take out these guys. What is wrong with people? You take to the streets, you go for lawyers, you incite rebellion if a government does what you seem to yawn at when a for profit company does this. Facebook has no product people, it charges you or makes money off advertising because you let it. Is it worth what it is selling for? No, just another pie in the sky operation that is racing the time clock to suck our pockets dry before the masses turn to the next great opiate.
    Ive Been There
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    This is all about clueless pc users that that dont know that there is other things to do with their computers other then facebook crap..That and other trojan programs like it will never be in my computers!
    mrrod
  • RE: Facebook aiming to take over our lives with media app integration

    F.B. can suckerbe my left nut.
    Sickingly blatant and Obnoxiously insistant in my face everywhere scheming for yet another drone.
    I said no! So please don't touch me there bad man....
    kdsand