There’s so much news to tell about Facebook that I could devote an entire blog to just to breaking news concerning their latest policies. Most them are unpopular, but I do want to point out something positively shocking that happened at the close of last week. It was very positive and these days, that’s shocking!
In all seriousness though, since I reported Facebook’s vile maneuver detailed in Facebook Sold Out, they thankfully backed out on this policy demanding either $10,000 in monthly tribute, er, advertising sales, from EACH business, or a mere 10,000 fans from each business in order to have a landing tab on the Fan Page that was something other than “wall” or “info.” In case you were unaware, lots of businesses pay good money to have special Welcome pages created for their Facebook Pages and they work very effectively to increase the number of fans one has, if we can still use that term. I hope to have one up soon at my Page, but since I’m a DIY’er, it’s taking a little time to learn FBML.
There are still egregious privacy violation issues, still rampant greed afoot with advertising revenues, still lots to complain about. But I, for one, am delighted and am even daring to hope that change is afoot in the inner workings of Facebook management. The private email message from Mark Zuckerberg below attests to this slightly euphoric wave of hope I’m experiencing. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
In a rare move, Mark Zuckerberg allowed Robert Scoble to post a personal email on his famed Scobleizer blog. It goes a little something like this:
We’ve been listening to all the feedback and have been trying to distill it down to the key things we need to improve. I’d like to show an improved product rather than just talk about things we might do.
We’re going to be ready to start talking about some of the new things we’ve built this week. I want to make sure we get this stuff right this time.
I know we’ve made a bunch of mistakes, but my hope at the end of this is that the service ends up in a better place and that people understand that our intentions are in the right place and we respond to the feedback from the people we serve.
I hope we’ll get a chance to catch up in person sometime this week. Let me know if you have any thoughts for me before then.