Mini-Microsoft gets tossed from Facebook

Mini-Microsoft gets tossed from Facebook

Summary: From the "funny timing" files: Anonymous Microsoft blogger Mini-Microsoft has been removed from Facebook. The same day, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer went on record proclaiming Facebook (the company in which Microsoft is said to be mulling investing hundreds of millions) is at risk of being a mere fad.

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From the "funny timing" files: Anonymous Microsoft blogger Mini-Microsoft has been removed from Facebook by the Facebook rules police.

Mini-Microsoft gets tossed from FacebookOn October 1, Mini posted that Facebook officials had removed the Mini-Microsoft profile from the social network.

Some of Mini's fans wondered whether the move was an indication that Microsoft might, indeed, be investing in Facebook, as has been rumored over the past week. But Mini explained in his comments that he was cut because of violating one of Facebook's (seemingly less-than-well-enforced) tenets:

"Regarding Facebook, one of the Terms Of Use is not using an alternative identity. (Adjusts collar.) Ahem," Mini blogged. "I'm too boring to violate any of the other more salacious terms."

Shouldn't there be some kind of clause protecting Facebookers who shroud themselves with the cloak of anonymity so that they don't risk being fired? I was one of Mini's many Facebook friends and I was in favor of him being part of "the social."

Speaking of coincidental timing, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has gone on record proclaiming that Facebook is at risk of being a mere fad. So what if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was seen on the Microsoft campus recently? Nothing to see here, folks... move along.

Topics: Browser, Collaboration, Social Enterprise

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Kind of Like...

    The internet was a fad OR.. most recently..
    The Wii is a fad.. What more needs to be said about that when Steve originally said that one. *laughs*
    ju1ce
  • RE: Mini-Microsoft gets tossed from Facebook

    "<i>Shouldn???t there be some kind of clause protecting Facebookers who shroud themselves with the cloak of anonymity so that they don???t risk being fired?</i>"

    Shouldn't those who wish to shroud themselves with the cloak of anonymity so that they don't risk being fired use some service whose ToS doesn't explicitly reject the usage of said shroud?
    robert.paul@...