Requiring Facebook login

No Facebook, No Service?

September 10, 2013 By 5 Comments

The Idaho Statesman, my sort-of-local newspaper, just announced that it will follow the lead of the Miami Herald and no longer allow readers to post anonymous comments to online stories. Starting September 15, readers who want to make comments will have to login through Facebook

Who controls your data?

Deadbook, the Long-term Facebook

To combat some of these ‘chilling effects’ (to put it mildly) Facebook has a procedure they call memoralization, this will limit the access to facebook pages to ‘confirmed friends’. Eventually those will pass away too and the moment when facebook’s last friend-of-a-friend passes away would be the moment the profile has finally lost value for facebook.   So presumably, that’s the moment they’ll finally remove your browsing history, and that silly photo of you passed out drunk after the party.

Dave Winer is writing extensively about this issue see, for example “The web is socialist, but it’s not a family“.