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Outsiders can now develop Internet services on Facebook's infrastructure, he explains, that will have full access to all its members.
The company will impose no limitations on what kinds of applications others can create, except that they be legal. Says Zuckerberg: "They can sell sponsorships, they can have ads, they can sell things, they can link off to another site - we are just agnostic."
I don't have a conclusive answer. Best advice: if you don't want the entire world (potentially) to know that you once dated so-and-so and you belong to the "i wear bunny slippers" group, then you shouldn't be revealing that information to facebook, or to any other 3rd party.
I have fielded questions from people who are concerned about real-life implications of an active facebook life. for example, a domestic violence survivor, or someone at risk of violence from a known perpetrator; just being on there seems to announce "hi, I'm still alive, and I live in the same city as you". Scary for anyone who is threatened by a child abductor or something like.
these are valid fears... ones that may indicate "perhaps facebook isn't for you". But that in itself is sad - the implications of online social networking prevent "people at risk" from participating in all the normal, fun activities their friends do - it makes them a victim all over again.
the facebook API will no doubt produce a whole pile of spinoff mashups... as a developer I'm excited to see what comes out in the coming months. I may even try building something myself.
Select first_name, last_name, pic_big, hometown_location, current_location from user where sex = 'f'
Facebook has no idea what they're in for. Best of luck, I'm glad none of my info is up there.
More here- [developer.facebook.com...]
1) My stereotype of facebook - based on the facebook users I know - is of college girls talking about their love lives. Is this the right social group to launch new "social computing" applications?
2) How secure will the information be? Do they have sufficient safeguards to stop someone creating the world's biggest database of single available women? Or this is like giving a thief 5 of the 6 numbers on the combination lock to the bank vault?
With lots of users ... you could spread really fast - but until then, you are really limited by the number of people in your network.