Facebook bows to its users

Facebook’s new feature, a news “feed,” does that heavy lifting for you. The program monitors the activity on its members’ pages — a change in one’s relationship status, the addition of a new person to one’s friends list, the listing of a new favorite song or interest — and sends that information to everyone in your circle in a constantly updating news ticker. Imagine a device that monitors the social marketplace the way a blinking Bloomberg terminal tracks incremental changes in the bond market and you’ll get the idea. But within hours of the new feature’s debut, thousands of Facebook members had organized behind a desperate, angry plea: Make it stop.

Read this article from the New York Times (free reg. req.) and other reports on the “Facebook Riots” from Mother Jones and WIREDFacebook cops.

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Filed under Privacy, Social Media, Technology, our Mirror, The Politics of New Media, User generated content, Virtual Communities

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