Underreported: The Facebook Empire

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Last week, Facebook quietly bought FriendFeed, a platform that keeps track of just about everything you do online. On this week’s second Underreported, Chadwick Matlin, staff reporter for Slate’s, explains what the social networking site hopes to gain by buying FriendFeed.

Read Chadwick Matlin's article about the purchase of FriendFeed here, and his article on Facebook's new collaboration with the Huffington Post here.


Chadwick Matlin

Comments [3]

Laurie from Spiegel

I sure hope there are user options for turning off and on the various feeds of other social media into FaceBook. Not everyone wants their family to know everything they watch on YouTube or their workplace contacts to be shown their political views.

Aug. 21 2009 12:09 PM
George Hahn from Manhattan

Is MySpace over? (Please say yes. It's quite behind and awful.)

Aug. 20 2009 01:52 PM
Ray Normandeau from

There are so many "social networking" places that it is overwhelming.

I am often sent an email from people that I am not familiar with, inviting me to join them on their social networking site. If I send an Email back asking "Where do we know each other from?" I never get a response!

I got at least six invites from someone I know asking me to join her on Tagged. When I asked why she sent so many invites, she alleged that she never sent the invites.

The NYS AG accusses Tagged of Identity Theft:

We have over 8,000 photos for viewing via our web site and the only thing needed for full access is a Yahoo ID. No one has to fill out detail personal questionnaires or become anyone's "friend"

Aug. 20 2009 01:36 PM

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