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Facebook Adds Wiki-Style Community Pages (Beta)

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1:45 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Adds Wiki-Style Community Pages (Beta) [blog.facebook.com]
Community Pages are a new type of Facebook Page dedicated to a topic or experience that is owned collectively by the community connected to it. Just like official Pages for businesses, organizations and public figures, Community Pages let you connect with others who share similar interests and experiences.

On each Community Page, you'll be able to learn more about a topic or an experience—whether it's cooking or learning a new language—and see what your friends and others in the Facebook community are saying about this topic. Community Pages are still in beta, but our long-term goal is to make them the best collection of shared knowledge on a topic. We're starting by showing Wikipedia information, but we're also looking for people who are passionate about any of these topics to sign up to contribute to the Page. We'll let you know when we're ready for your help.



Some of you added information about yourself, such as your likes and interests, favorite books, music and movies, when you first joined Facebook. But we've noticed that more than three times as many of you have connected to Facebook Pages, such as those for bands, non-profits, universities or anything else you care about, as a way to express yourself. So to make it even easier to display your affiliations, we've improved the profile.

Now, certain parts of your profile, including your current city, hometown, education and work, and likes and interests, will contain "connections." Instead of just boring text, these connections are actually Pages, so your profile will become immediately more connected to the places, things and experiences that matter to you.
3:26 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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FB is trying to expand its web's walled garden. Unless these are publicly open, this is not good for the web in general. But if they are publicly open, it is bad for privacy.

Basically FB is stuck, because if they open too much they breach privacy.

Also, I have trouble understanding why people go through the work of contributing knowledge and effort to something that remains firmly controlled and owned by private hands. That's like fixing bugs in Windows.
3:33 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Also, I have trouble understanding why people go through the work of contributing knowledge and effort to something that remains firmly controlled and owned by private hands. That's like fixing bugs in Windows.


Yep. If you're good at something, don't do it for free. However, I am happy that sites like Wikipedia do exist, even though I'll never waste my time writing articles for them.
6:34 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Facebook to follow Wikipedia in attempting to gain free pass to #1 in the serps without creating content themselves, who's next?

That does sound depressing but it's not untrue, the chase for the ad dollar continues. If this was a GENUINE attempt to make the web a better place Facebook could have just linked those city names etc to existing content (like Wikipedia).
6:41 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What's next, a web search engine? Is this Facebook's foray into the lets-do-everything-involving-the-internet-even-if-it-doesnt-relate-to-our-core-mission world like another very successful internet company that starts with G?
9:04 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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... foray into the lets-do-everything-involving-the-internet-even-if-it-doesnt-relate-to-our-core-mission

That's one of the most accurate descriptions of G$$gle I've learned about.... FB can't be blamed, the policy seems to be let's try everything, they do what they see and the tree is currently too big for them to see the forest.
4:21 am on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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From what I read - on FB before this blog post - the Wiki-style section of the community pages is from Wikipedia - just embedded in FB. Therefore - it will be bound by wikipedia's licence. I also read that direct updates through facebook would not be available.

Other updates rolled out with this are:

1) "Become a fan" renamed to "Like"
2) prompted opt-in "Likes" of items listed in profiles - think authors, music, universities etc

Note - 2) is causing lots of comments from uphappy FB'ers.

Facebook moves so fast - and - seems to employ the mud-slinging design philosophy - I wonder how many of these updates will be still there in 6 months - and if they are which will be significantly changed.
6:50 am on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm mystified by the responses in this thread, truly... Facebook is all about community interaction. Allowing groups of connected people to create and evolve sites on topics of interest makes perfect sense.

To me this seems like a logical extension of the social networking model.

Regarding Facebook trying to do/be everything... Have you visited Facebook recently? It's the definition of simplicity and elegance in user interface design. It's anything but a throw everything and see what sticks mentality.

They make major changes, what, a couple times a year? That's incredibly slow and deliberate in internet time.
7:48 am on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It's the definition of simplicity and elegance in user interface design


Have to agree, and likely the reason MySpace, Bebo isn't as popular and as well-used.

I'm sure if any topic/interest is big enough, a member of that group would like to 'branch out' and make their own site.
1:48 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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They make major changes, what, a couple times a year?


Maybe 4 times yearly something changes with the UI that the majority of users see.

On the facebook API, pages, groups or introducing things such as beacon, facebook connect etc etc - much more often. First hand experience developing with the facebook API I've found changes are so frequent that something breaks every month or two.

I do agree with that the UI is simple and elegant - and that it is a big part of it's success compared to myspace and other social networks.
6:42 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm mystified by the responses in this thread, truly...
Phew! glad someone said that. My feeling too. I was beginning to fear WebmasterWorld members are stuck in a rut i.e. blind to new internet (social networking) because they mastered traditional internet (search engines). Facebook is a new super power of the web, one of the few entities that has Google knee jerking. Embrace FB or you're history.
1:13 pm on Apr 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If you're good at something, don't do it for free. However, I am happy that sites like Wikipedia do exist, even though I'll never waste my time writing articles for them.


I would certainly do stuff for free for a non-profit, but not for Facebook. I do what I can for open source software I use - updating wikis, reporting bugs, etc. (I cannot do much in the way of code).

Even you are giving WW free content by commenting.
1:35 pm on Apr 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Even you are giving WW free content by commenting.


Interacting with people on topics is a big difference over writing valuable articles that I could post on my own sites for a profit. Forum != Encyclopedia.
 

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