Hey Facebook's Zuckerberg, we're the blogosphere and we won't ease up until you kill Beacon

Hey Facebook's Zuckerberg, we're the blogosphere and we won't ease up until you kill Beacon

Summary: Robert Scoble's so right about Facebook and their suddenly low-visibility CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Paraphrasing Robert's thoughts, he views this low viz as being driven in large measure by the blogosphere calling Facebook out about this privacy-invading Beacon thing of theirs.

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Robert Scoble's so right about Facebook and their suddenly low-visibility CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Paraphrasing Robert's thoughts, he views this low viz as being driven in large measure by the blogosphere calling Facebook out about this privacy-invading Beacon thing of theirs. You know, that damn new program the social network has that enables advertisers to track the online comings and goings of Facebook users.

The  program has now shifted from opt-out to opt-in. But people such as I, Robert, and Marc Orchant (for whom we all pray for a speedy recovery) are so sickened by Facebook even having the damn gall to start up Beacon in the first place, that we are either leaving Facebook or keeping the heat on up until they totally excise any trace that Beacon ever existed.

You would think, then, that the heat rising from the blogosphere would call Mark out to say something.

But no. MIA.

I think I know why that is.  He's being advised by p.r. staff to lay low for now.  I've seen this all before: company makes a decision, sticks with it because of arrogance and hubris.

When you are a 23 year-old billionaire as Mark is, you may think you are a genius, and are above the fray. And you look at your booming membership rolls and reconfirm to yourself that you and your company are hot spit.

And then you have people who work for you that think you are a demigod, and are so caught up in the reality distortion field that signifies your corporate culture that you only listen to yourselves and your enablers.

Then, maybe the worm turns.

May be happening already in this case. Coca-Cola isn't ready to jump on the Beacon bandwagon and Overstock.com and Travelocity are said to be wanting off.

So listen to me, Mark Zuckerberg. Your p.r. staff may be telling you to wait this one out, because those bloggers, well in a week or two, will find another cause to yell and troll about.

Go think that. But some of us won't give up, Mark, at least not until you kill Beacon and issue a mea culpa, too.

Can your ego handle that?

Topics: Browser, Social Enterprise

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  • Run and hide little boy

    More likely than not, he has ran and hide in his parent's basement, that punk that he is. He really thought he is smarter than everyone else and he can abuse them willfully without consequences. I bet when he made his big announcement about Beacon that he was thinking to himself, time to make all the facebook users my bitches. Who's a bitch now, huh Mark.
    AnonymousBugMeNotUser
  • Amen, Russell!

    Time to let Big Brother (or Little Brother in this case) know we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it any more!
    Userama
  • If Newsfeed bothered you then Beacon will...

    It's hard for me to see a huge difference between Newsfeed and Beacon. I happen to hate the idea of both of these - not becuase of privacy issues - of which there are many. But because I am generally a private person.

    Having said that, most people on social networking sites are, uh, social. I bet this doesn't bother them a bit. I bet they think Beacon is kinda neat.

    I believe we older folks and private folks need to check our values at the door of the social networking sites. If you want to be connected to friends but not want a bunch of feeds from them, then use LinkedIn. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of your freinds and let them do the same for you - go to FaceBook. If you want a bunch of nonsensical crap go to YouTube.

    It's difficult for me to see Beacon going away altogether. I believe there is a generation that wants this kind of social behaviour. For the rest of us, we should have the ability to cleanly opt out. Or easily get out.

    That's my personal opinion.

    (Oh, and in a slow news market - it's nice of Mark to provide the blogosphere with some fodder for the mill. What ever would you write about if the upstart social app didn't make a blunder or two? Google? Yahoo? Xing? I guess we are stuck hearing about this silly story until you tire of it or a better story comes along. I predict January 15th or so. And I bet it's Apple...)
    JayJaySmak
  • RE: Hey Facebook's Zuckerberg, we're the blogosphere and we won't ease up until you kill Beacon

    I joined Facebook because of friends that used it. After I saw what little privacy I have left being invaded I Deactivated the account.
    My concern is that any information in the account actually distroyed. Trust can be a strange thing! (( You can be sure that I informed my friends ))
    kaprahk@...