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Facebook: Open Graph "Like" is the new Beacon


Facebook has recently launched a new version of F8 (their development platform) with Open Graph connectivity. You can now “Like” fanpages (instead of “Become a fan”) and with external sites like Pandora, if you “Like” the website (connect to it) you’ll get updates on music. This is basically Beacon in a new dress. For example, say I had a button called Like on this blog. You could click on that Facebook Like button and your friends on Facebook will get a newsfeed item saying “WhateverYourNameIs likes LaurelPapworth.com”. But it doesn’t stop there. Now everytime you are on Flickr, or Slideshare, my stuff will come up first. Good for me. But do you really want to be tracked like that?  – from wikipedia:

Beacon was a part of Facebook‘s advertisement system that sent data from external websites to Facebook, ostensibly for the purpose of allowing targeted advertisements and allowing users to share their activities with their friends. Certain activities on partner sites were published to a user’s News Feed. Beacon was launched on November 6, 2007 with 44 partner websites.[1] The controversial service, which became the target of a class action lawsuit, was shut down in September 2009.

The issue is that it wasn’t opt-in,even though they changed that around later the damage was done and questions were being asked and lawyers consulted:

Q. If I buy tickets on Fandango, and decline to publish the purchase to my friends on Facebook, does Facebook still receive the information about my purchase?
A. “Absolutely not. One of the things we are still trying to do is dispel a lot of misinformation that is being propagated unnecessarily.”

I never disliked beacon and I’m not surprised they came around for round two. They just had to get privacy vs connectivity right:

This next version of Facebook Platform puts people at the center of the web. It lets you shape your experiences online and make them more social. For example, if you like a band on Pandora, that information can become part of the graph so that later if you visit a concert site, the site can tell you when the band you like is coming to your area. The power of the open graph is that it helps to create a smarter, personalized web that gets better with every action taken. Mark Zuckerberg

See? Beacon but with value to the member first, advertiser second.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

17 thoughts on “Facebook: Open Graph "Like" is the new Beacon

  1. RT @SilkCharm: Facebook's announcement of "Open Graph" means you will tracked and monitored all over the 'net. http://bit.ly/bbMYEU "Lik …

  2. RT @SilkCharm: Facebook's announcement of "Open Graph" means you will tracked & monitored all over the net http://bit.ly/bbMYEU "Like" this?

  3. I totally agree with value to the member first, advertiser second. It would really be safer to just choose what you want to like and not like anything your friends would recommend or suggest, if you are after the personalized customer experience. But, I guess it would be far better to not like anything at all if you don;t want to be stalked!

  4. Ticky question isn’t it? If you are a business this sounds cool, it sounds more viral and more people will get to know about your but from the personal point of view Where is our privacy? Sometimes we are doing research on sites that we don’t necesarily support and we do not want to be related to them. As we have discussed in a previous post we have to be careful with our public image. Facebook fascinates me (from the marketing perspective) but I have the feeling that there is a fine line between liking it and hating it. MZ should be careful on the consequences for people on making public anything you do on the web, at least we are the ones who should decide what we want to make public or not and not many people who are not involved in social media as a subject to study understand. What do you think?

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