Comments for en-gb 30 Mon 14 Jul 2014 10:58:43 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Craig Smith Maggie, I don't think the goals of Facebook and Google are necessarily conflicting. In fact, I'm pretty sure the folks at Google do not think so. If they really saw Facebook as a threat surely they would penalise rather than encourage Facebook's rather spammy approach to gain top search result listings for most of their social networker's names.. if you're on Facebook then try googling your own name and surprise yourself! Google would certainly ban a 'regular' website for suddenly allowing literally hundreds of thousands of pages without any real links to those pages, to rank in search results. My guess is they would prefer to collaborate with Facebook rather than have them partner with Bing or the likes when they start introducing non-facebook search functionality in a bigger way. Facebook incidentally has already started doing this - if you search for a name or entity within facebook and it does not appear in their own results, they extract the top search results from the web (using google perhaps?).Craig (Technology blog) Mon 03 May 2010 12:39:31 GMT+1 Paul Esilef Ovat wrote:Facebook is for people who prefer cheap talk that does not cost anything or may not mean anything.People like you really get on my nerves. Don't criticise other people who find a good use for this form of technology. It's choice, if you don't like it, stay away and don't abuse those that enjoy it. Sun 02 May 2010 08:50:16 GMT+1 Esilef Ovat Facebook is for people who prefer cheap talk that does not cost anything or may not mean anything. Fri 30 Apr 2010 14:45:07 GMT+1 froggeh I've been a facebook user for a few years now. I'm 40+ and I'm not a "loser", a "sad muppet" or any of the other unnecessarily abusive terms.I am also an expat. I find it extremely useful to keep in touch with friends back home, and also new friends I've met in language school. You don't have to buy in to all the junk...It's very simple to block daft applications and updates. The advertising is very non-intrusive to a point where I rarely notice it (The same can't be said for the TV, or even bluray and DVDs.Of course I have my friends that I meet day to day, but many people who I was friends with, who I would have otherwise simply lost touch with...from old jobs, from school etc, I can keep in touch with. Many of these people I'll never meet again, but we share interesting conversations, ideas, advice etc. This is the 21st century, Apps like facebook expand your social network into the technological age, not detract from your local human-social network. Mon 26 Apr 2010 08:16:34 GMT+1 MacBookPro I don't want the entire internet telling me about my friends.In fact, I refuse to have a Facebook account at all. I don't get the obsession with it, the only thing I ever saw on it was stupid groups and trillions of photos of people at parties (why?). I removed my account very quickly after trying it and have no desire to join up again. Sat 24 Apr 2010 08:56:12 GMT+1 Vincent Many websites already have a 'share' button with options for not just FaceBook but many others likes Twitter, LinkedIn etc...What FaceBook seem to suggest will only give you the option to share with only with FaceBook friends, and the implementation means even less privacy as you browse, FaceBook will know every website page you visit.What about information overload in your 'friend feed' - already a problem when you have too many friends. Could be improved if we could setup different categories of 'friends' and granular permissions control.The comment from Justin Smith, founder of also seems a little naive IMHO:"When someone "likes" your page, that is a valuable action because it means you will be able to publish updates directly to them in the future which could be used for a variety of purposes like promoting traffic to your website or advertising anything you want."... really?! Anything they want? I don't think people would "like" that at all. In fact that would be the death of the whole principle. Fri 23 Apr 2010 12:05:29 GMT+1 Alex the Hat Being as I keep well away from FaceBook I view this development with some trepidation.In my view FB is for sad muppets who have totally lost,or never had,the social ability to actually get out of the house,away from their computers/mobiles,and actually meet REAL people.As Miraglyth pointed out(comment No.1),if you don't have 3000+ "e-friends"(of whom you maybe have really met 50)you are considered a pariah.If I want to contact my friends or relations I pick up my landline phone and have a damn good natter that will probably veer off topic and last for about 1/2 an hour or more.I might even(Heaven forfend) get a piece of paper and write a letter!The only use I can see for a FaceBook based search engine with all this "LIKE" button technology is if you want to buy the same clothes/music/hairdos/etc as your pseudofriends.(Clones-R-Us)If on the other hand you have an enquiring mind and need to find out who was Pharoah in 1250B.C.,which Element has the Atomic no.53,which book-sellers stock the Dr.Thorndyke Mysteries of R.Austin Freeman,how close the tide-line will be to your house if sea-levels rise by 20',then you need Google or some other fact based search engine.Hopefully both systems will learn to work independantly without striving for World Domination Thu 22 Apr 2010 21:34:27 GMT+1 SheffTim I find the ‘Like’ option on status updates often works as a way of letting people know that you do log-in and scan the day’s posts, but without the greater time/effort composing a comment. An on-line equivalent of saying ‘Hi’ when you pass someone, but not stopping for a chat.If I do like links included in their update posts then I’ll go ahead and ‘Like’ them; unlike KingDouglas above I don’t think that makes me a ‘complete loser’.Sometimes the link can be something that reflects the personality of the Friend, sometimes Friends go to some trouble finding something they hope will amuse/entertain those that see their posts. (Of course my Friends list includes only the creme de la creme :-)) We also got to know each other first in the real world, which helps too.)Posts with lots of Likes can act as a form of recommendation, up to a point. How many people base their YouTube viewing entirely on Most Popular/Top Favourited etc?But the new(ish) ‘Like’ should be different. If it does turn out to be just a shinier version of the current one on status updates it’ll be a big disappointment. Thu 22 Apr 2010 16:39:33 GMT+1 matthew the main issue here is whether we WANT any one company to have "control of the web." In my oppinion it's a pipedream of these .com buisness men, anyway. I won't use facebook to browse the web because it's constantly deluging me with more and more stupid ads for affiliate marketers. Privacy is an illusion on the internet, but I prefer to keep that illusion anyway, and I certainly don't want to link everyone I know to everything I read or look at. Also, put on a suit, Zuckerburg, you look like a complete prat in your hoodie jumper in front of a press conference. Thu 22 Apr 2010 16:38:44 GMT+1 EricH Facebook are trying to hype this idea. Sure there is some relevance and cross over in friends ideas but looking for an electrician, trying to investigate green energy sources, voting decisions you are not going to rely on the say so of your friends as your sole decision making factor. Google and/or Bing still provide the long tail of search.My view is use Facebook but don't let it rule you, and certainly don't let go of your privacy for others' gain. Thu 22 Apr 2010 15:07:55 GMT+1 this reality podcast Facebook's biggest flaw is that it is built on one of the worst UIs I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. It is unwieldy, it is not intuitive and the security model is inconsistent. Many of my professional colleagues feel, as I do, that Facebook is running out of steam. Why is Facebook casting around trying to steal functionality from established service providers, when Facebook has barely grasped existing technology - for instance, RSS feeds - and made it work for the Facebook user community?The whole thing product smells of a remarkable lack of imagination and absence of innovation. Thu 22 Apr 2010 15:00:46 GMT+1 Ludwigs Lughole I think Zuckerberg misses a point here. If I want to know what the general public (i.e. "friends") think about something I go to Wikipedia. If I want "facts" I use traditional means, i.e. primary and secondary research. This means trawling both online and offline media. It does not mean taking what Wiki says as gospel!!Thus if I only get wind of what my "friends" like, I am going to have a pretty limited life. I'm also going to ignore a whole lot of it as a precursor to being friends is not that we like the same thing.This will have limited impact on Google. I will not use Facebook to find real news articles about the things I am interested in. Thu 22 Apr 2010 13:45:47 GMT+1 Miraglyth @ian hawkins:I am indeed an Adblock user, but websites are capable of knowing when users are blocking their adverts. To think the hypothetical Facebook Empire would allow advert blocking in any form would be naive. Thu 22 Apr 2010 13:34:38 GMT+1 Cameron Not too sure I'm buying that, Google is more broadly acceptable than Facebook, you are never going to try get work related information from Facebook. Having said that I think Facebook may finally be making steps to developing a profitable business model. Thu 22 Apr 2010 13:31:10 GMT+1 Douglas Daniel When I press the "Like" button on someone's status, it's because they've said something silly like "urgh, I've got such a hangover today" or something pretty cool that's happened in their life. I never "like" their status updates with links in them, mainly because I'm not a complete loser. The vast majority of my facebook friends are the same, so unless you're searching for people that have had hangovers or have just passed exams, I don't quite see where the challenge to Google is. Thu 22 Apr 2010 13:26:37 GMT+1 SheffTim This isn’t that big a step foreword. People already can and do embed web-pages, music and videos etc into their FB status line. The new ‘Like’ button might help simplify the process, but essentially is the same thing. I imagine YouTube will do very well from the ‘Like’ feature. But didn’t and Digg and other social aggregators come up with this idea many years ago? Hence the | Digg | Newsvine | NowPublic | Reddit buttons at the bottom of Maggie’s post and all other pages on this site.The more important aspect I think is that FB will be able to keep better track of its users ‘Likes’ in order to target advertising more effectively.I fail to see how this seriously threatens Google’s core search business. Particularly as FB is keen on its users opening up their security settings so that their status posts etc appear in search results. FB is also looking to integrate Microsoft’s online Office suite into FB so people can use FB as a work and collaboration tool too. That does challenge Google Docs to some extent (and ties people closer to FB if there is widespread uptake), but is also a case of offering something that was already available on the Web; not something 'new'. Thu 22 Apr 2010 12:35:19 GMT+1 ian hawkins @MiraglythIf you use Mozilla's firefox to browse Facebook, just click the tools menu and select add-ons, then search for Adblock. It is a great addition to the browser and you need never be bothered by an ad on facebook or any other webpage again.I bet Mark Zuckerberg won't be bragging about too many [like] presses on that. Thu 22 Apr 2010 11:44:46 GMT+1 ian hawkins Facebook is for many a fad, for many more just a phone app that lets us keep up to date with family and friends. Whilst there is money to be made from advertising and facebook apps, most of us ignore them completely.Google on the other hand is much more than a search engine, the company drives forward technical innovation and consumer choice, usually at no cost to the consumer. Google for search, Chrome for browsing, Gmail, blogger for blogging, Picassa for photo management and sharing, Google maps and their free navigation for US and UK drivers, the list goes on.Facebook could fall out of favour tomorrow, just as have Bebo and Myspace, Google seems set on world domination. Thu 22 Apr 2010 11:08:43 GMT+1 Miraglyth Facebook may understand Facebook users "almost too well" but they don't understand the rest of us at all.Believe it or not there are internet users out there that know who our friends are without needing a website to tell us. We can share updates on our lives already, and unlike Facebook we can do so with a little thing called discretion.I'm fine with the idea of opt-in sharing of likes, but imagine if Facebook "took over the internet".Privacy would be thrown out the window. White lies between friends and relatives would become impossible, and perfectly good websites and businesses would go under if not enough people clicked the "Like" button.Getting a "profile" to join the Facebook Empire (and the torrent of animated eye-burning advertisements that come with it) would become a required step to internet access. Those of us who would only ever sign up when it becomes compulsory would find ourselves easy targets for online bullying (which would of course remain unmanaged) because we don't have 3,000+ e-friends.If Google are "the alternative" then I'll go with Google. But are they? I question that. The services seem separate to me. You'll never be able to get a comprehensive information search with Facebook if it only searches through things your friends like. Thu 22 Apr 2010 10:51:50 GMT+1