Lately i have seen so much integration between Facebook and a large number of other sites that i’m starting to be annoyed by this fact. I don’t know about others but i will never comment on a website that has the Facebook commenting system.
From a website owner’s perspective, why would you want to use Facebook’s commenting system ? I personally think that its a bad practice for your business. Facebook owns all the comments on your website and it will do whatever it desires with them. You are not the owner of that content anymore, although it was generated on your website.
What about the photos you upload there ? The nice little baby pictures or the pictures from your last vacation that you put up so everyone can see them ? What happens with those if Facebook closes down ? Or decides that you must pay for their storage ? Or something else ?
I prefer to store my pictures in Picasa from Google where i pay an annual fee and i know how much space i have and the company i’m paying to store them is accountable to some extent.
Another aspect of the problem is that Facebook is not known to have a very stable API. I read complaints all the time from people who invested lots of time, energy and money in developing something with the Facebook API just to learn that Facebook changed its mind about that API and made modifications that will break your application. And there are the API’s that get discontinued for good without too much explanations.
Either way from their perspective its your fault that you used them and didn’t read their Platform Policies where it is explained what are YOUR responsibilities, that you have only obligations and they have none to you. They can change anything, anytime with 3 or 7 days notice and you must comply. You have no choice. Go ahead and read the Platform Policies and pay attention to the sentences written with CAPS LOCK ON (article 15, section 3)
Investing in a platform that is not yours is not a good strategy. Social networks come and go. Facebook is now on the wave. But how long it will last ? Does the name MySpace ring a bell ?
Eventually people will get bored with Facebook too. When they will have more friends then they can process and will get news from the 1001+ websites/brands they have liked or befriended they will not be able to follow everything and/or this will become a burden. And then Facebook will fade away and something new will come.
So could someone explain what’s up with this Facebook mania ?