Pandora updates its privacy settings; encourages you to do the same.

According to the Pandora Blog, there are some new changes to the privacy settings in the ever-popular music application. While we all might love the social aspect of the site, Pandora wants to make sure that you’re on top of the latest way to keep yourself private.

From the blog:

We’ve just updated our site to make it easier for you to find and adjust your privacy settings. We thought it was important to make this adjustment to better reflect the realities of the internet today.

Right now, if you head to Pandora, you’ll catch a lovely popover message that tells you about the new changes, and encourages you to check them out:


According to the Pandora Blog, there are some new changes to the privacy settings in the ever-popular music application. While we all might love the social aspect of the site, Pandora wants to make sure that you’re on top of the latest way to keep yourself private.

From the blog:

We’ve just updated our site to make it easier for you to find and adjust your privacy settings. We thought it was important to make this adjustment to better reflect the realities of the internet today.

Right now, if you head to Pandora, you’ll catch a lovely popover message that tells you about the new changes, and encourages you to check them out: Leer más “Pandora updates its privacy settings; encourages you to do the same.”

5 Social Music Sites That Let You Tune Into Your Friends’ Tastes

If you like music, then you probably want to be able to stream it online, listen to your friends’ favorites, and share your favorites with friends. I have been looking for social music sites like these for the past few years, and have come up with a list of 5 streaming music sites that have great social features. Enjoy the list and please leave us a comment below about your favorite social music sites.
Criteria

To be clear, I’m looking at services that help me do two things:

* Find out what songs/bands/concerts my friends like.
* Listen to those songs in an easy, comfortable way (preferably a streaming music website)

Without further ado, here’s the list.


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MUSICICONIf you like music, then you probably want to be able to stream it online, listen to your friends’ favorites, and share your favorites with friends.  I have been looking for social music sites like these for the past few years, and have come up with a list of 5 streaming music sites that have great social features.  Enjoy the list and please leave us a comment below about your favorite social music sites.

Criteria

To be clear, I’m looking at services that help me do two things:

  • Find out what songs/bands/concerts my friends like.
  • Listen to those songs in an easy, comfortable way (preferably a streaming music website)

Without further ado, here’s the list. Leer más “5 Social Music Sites That Let You Tune Into Your Friends’ Tastes”

An inch closer to the end of privacy (thanks Facebook!)

See, in the past three days since Facebook announced major new changes to its social contract with all of us, I’ve been able to study my friends’ personal musical tastes in a way I couldn’t just four days ago.

Here, come on over to the new Pandora on my screen. I click on “Friends’ Music” and now let’s look through what I can see.


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If the end of privacy is so evil, so awful, so unthinkable, then why am I liking the new Pandora so much?

See, in the past three days since Facebook announced major new changes to its social contract with all of us, I’ve been able to study my friends’ personal musical tastes in a way I couldn’t just four days ago.

Here, come on over to the new Pandora on my screen. I click on “Friends’ Music” and now let’s look through what I can see.

I see that Aaron Roe Fulkerson, MindTouch’s Inc founder and CEO, listened to Toad the Wet Sprocket. I bet he didn’t quite realize that I’d be able to see that a week ago.

I see that Adrian Otto, chief of research at the Rackspace Cloud (where I work at), listens to Kenny G. I bet he didn’t quite realize that I’d be able to see that a week ago. Aside: Kenny G, really dude? Heheh.

I see that Alan Cooper, father of Visual Basic, and head of a famous software design studio that bears his name, listens to the Barenaked Ladies. I bet he didn’t quite realize that I’d be able to see that a week ago.

Should I keep going? I have 1,300 friends over on Facebook and a lot of them use Pandora.

To me this is freaking awesome. I have found more music in the past week than I’ve found in the past year.

Oh, yeah, and you can see my own account and see how my musical tastes are changing thanks to this new feature.

But, on the other hand, this new feature has heralded a new age where we move closer to the end of privacy.

While listening to music that now is shared by all my friends I’ve been reading thousands of words about how Facebook screwed its contract with us to keep our stuff private. Leer más “An inch closer to the end of privacy (thanks Facebook!)”

Facebook Is Doing What?!

“The power of the open graph is that it helps to create a smarter, personalized web that gets better with every action taken.”


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This week at the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook publicly confirmed its plans for world domination.
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Amidst more mundane semantic announcements, such as doing away with becoming a “fan” of a brand and replacing it with “liking” brands, Facebook dropped a bomb shell on the internet unveiling a web experience catered around your likes.

Hello Open Graph

Facebook’s latest innovation is the Open Graph platform.  Like Facebook Connect on steroids, Open Graph will transform the anonymous web into a deeply personalized experience. The service will allow publishers to share information about users in order to serve bespoke features, promos, and functionality to the tune of their individual interests regardless of whether or not they’ve visited the site before. As Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg puts it:

“The power of the open graph is that it helps to create a smarter, personalized web that gets better with every action taken.”

Say I visit The New York Times, I will immediately be served content specifically tailored to my interests; maybe a call-out to a photographer’s autobiography on the Nonfiction Best Sellers List, the latest breaking headlines about the tech industry, and a gallery of the new Free People line featured in the Fashion & Style Section (Whoa, how do they know about my shopping addiction too!?).

Taking it a step further, Open Graph will make our web browsing experience more social too – bringing insight from my social graph. On review sites like Yelp, I’ll see results from friends rather than strangers.

CNN, Pandora, and Mashable are already actively participating and a few bloggers point out their mixed opinions here and here.

A little too creepy for you? Let’s hope Facebook lays out some clear opt out options. As Mashable’s Christian Warren puts it, “Privacy will become the user’s responsibility.”

The Advertiser’s Jackpot?

Search behavior and click-through stats are valuable, but what Facebook is sitting on is the jackpot – access to purchase behavior, relationships, likes, comments, updates and sharing  (via micro-interactions), and soon enough, location. Brands and advertisers that understand and adopt the next generation of behavioral targeting will be able to seamlessly integrate into the lives of consumers like never before. It’s like a representative from Fiji Water handing me an ice cold water bottle after I just walked in from a grueling bike ride without even having to search or think. Now that’s precise!

In other announcements:

  • Say good bye to Facebook Connect! With the adoption of Open Graph, the identifiable Facebook Connect API will be of no need. For nearly two years, Facebook Connect has been the way to share your social graph with third-party websites.
  • Announcing Face… Docs !? And if all that wasn’t bad enough news for Google this week, Facebook and Microsoft have partnered to launch Docs.com, essentially a WebSuite of the beloved Office Suite.

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Facebook’s ambition


Is this how the web looks to Facebook?

Ambition.

It’s the one word that kept coming up in conversations I had around the halls today at Facebook’s F8 event. Whenever I heard that word it was clear we were talking about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Compared to last week’s weak moves by Twitter, where its CEO barely even announced anything, yesterday’s moves by Facebook were huge.

OK, I heard another few words:

“Visionary.”

“Scary.”

“Huge.”

“Unbelieveable.”

“Blown away.”

“Zuck has balls.” or “Facebook has balls.”

“Big moves.”

Heck, listen to David Kirkpatrick, who worked for Fortune for more than 20 years and just finished a book, Facebook Effect, about Facebook. I catch up with him here before the press conference, which happened just after Zuckerberg and team made tons of announcements:

Listen to the words he uses: “This is not just another company, it is a transformational phenomenon.”

“It is really great, but it is really scary in some ways too.”

By the way, after I talk with David I talk with quite a few other movers and shakers in the tech press in that video so you can get a sense of how we all reacted to the news. Then, at about 20 minutes into that video you get to see the full press conference (I have the only video of it on the Web that I’ve seen so far).

Before I explain more about what I mean when I say Facebook wants to own your digital fingerprints, there are a few other reactions I want to get in here. The first is with a couple of guys from the National Hockey League. Listen to how excited they are about the new features they turned on yesterday on NHL.com. You can “like” every player there. Some players already have hundreds of likes in just the first few hours.

Then watch how Pandora’s CTO, Tom Conrad, describes Facebook’s moves and how Pandora is now much more social because of these changes. “Mark is right when he says Web experiences want to be social.”

Finally, head over to Facebook’s official site and watch some of the videos if you haven’t seen them yet.

WHY IS THIS SO AMBITIOUS?

These moves are ambitious for a few reasons:

1. It gets Facebook plastered all over the web. Already Facebook likes are on many many sites and I’d expect to see Facebook’s new social features to show up on at least 30% of the web’s most popular sites within a month.
2. It lets us apply our social graph “fingerprint” to sites we visit. You do this by adding social plugins to your site, which is pretty easy to do.
3. It lets us apply our behavior “fingerprint” to sites we visit. Again, by adding social plugins onto your sites.
4. Facebook gets to study everything we touch now and will bring a much more complete stream back to the mother ship. This lets them build new analytics features for publishers, too, as All Facebook’s Nick O’Neill writes, but now Facebook will have the best data on the web for advertisers to study.
5. Facebook gets us to keep our profile data up to date. Marketer Ed Dale nailed why this is such a big deal.
6. Facebook gets to overlay a commerce system, called Credits, on top of all this. Justin Smith of Inside Facebook writes about that.
7. Facebook has opened up to enable all this stuff to flow back and forth and has removed the 24-hour limitation on storing data gained from its API. This is probably the biggest deal for developers, Inside Facebook writes about that, but they’ve also made their API more granular so that sites can ask for, and get, very specific data instead of getting everything stored on a user. We’ll be talking about this for a while, because it actually has good implications for privacy.
8. All this new data will enable Facebook to build new kinds of search experiences, as All Facebook hints at in a post where they say Facebook is trying to build a version fo the semantic web. Search Engine Land goes further in detail about what these changes will mean.
9. It lets Facebook minimize the need for a “public” fan page, like mine. Inside Facebook explains more in detail why this is true. Mostly because they’ll spit all those bits over onto my blog, if I add the code to my blog (which I’m pretty sure I will).
10. Finally a stream of focused bits for the people who are actually visiting your page can be pushed back out to you, as Inside Facebook demonstrates.
11. They made the API much simpler and shipped a powerful graph API so more developers can build apps for Facebook (this has been one of the advantages of Twitter, for instance, because Twitter’s API was simple to figure out). Heck, you can even hit it from a web browser to see what it returns. Here is what it returns for http://graph.facebook.com/scobleizer (if you want to try it yourself, just include your Facebook name instead of mine). Leer más “Facebook’s ambition”