Facebook’s F8 Snoozers and The Squeeze on NGOs

on Wednesday, Apr. 30th

Facebook’s big F8 developers conference was kicked off in San Francisco today and so far the word has been zzzzzz. The biggest news has been that Facebook is focusing on stabilizing their code–I know, I know, I can hardly contain my excitement too–and that they got the memo on privacy. Kinda. Facebook will be allowing anonymous logins to mobile apps through their login service now.

That’s something, if not exactly face meltingly awesome.

Meanwhile Valleywag allowed a pseudonymously attributed post on the topic of how Faceboook’s fiddling with the algorithm nobs is putting the squeeze on non-profits:

So far coverage of Facebook’s plan to squeeze the organic reach of Pages has focused on its impact on “brands” that spam us with ads and promotions. But nonprofits, activists, and advocacy groups with much fewer resources (and no ad budgets) are also being hugely affected. It’s starting to look like Facebook is willing to strangle public discourse on the platform in an attempt to wring out a few extra dollars for its new shareholders

All this in the wake of word that Twitter just isn’t growing the way Wall Street wants, and while the digerati is writing eulogies for it.

Has social media become so 2012? Or is the health of the social networks all in the eyes of the beholder?

One thing’s for certain: neither Facebook nor Twitter seem to be doing it right these days.


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