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The fledgling Google Friend Connect service lost one of its major selling points today, when Facebook announced: Just as we’ve been forced to do for other applications that redistribute data in a way users might not expect or understand, we’ve had to suspend Friend Connect’s access […]

The fledgling Google Friend Connect service lost one of its major selling points today, when Facebook announced:

Just as we’ve been forced to do for other applications that redistribute data in a way users might not expect or understand, we’ve had to suspend Friend Connect’s access to Facebook user information until it comes into compliance.

You’ll still be able to use your Google, LinkedIn, Hi5, or Orkut identity to log into Friend Connect sites – but without Facebook users, the reach of those sites is considerably lessened. Although Facebook’s reasons are couched in terms of respecting user privacy, there are other agendas here – like desperately hanging on to eyeballs to sell. Until and unless we see the rise of truly vendor-neutral frameworks for storing and sharing identity information, this sort of squabbling is bound to continue.

By Mike Gunderloy

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  1. You have to appreciate the idiots at Facebook saying,

    “We’ve found that it redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge, which doesn’t respect the privacy standards ”

    As opposed to Beacon, which upholds only the highest respect for privacy standards.

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