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Deja Vu for Friendfeed fans as Facebook buys Instagram

Bret Taylor on Friendfeed’s blog. We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed. As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle… The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team. We’ve always been great admirers of Facebook, and our companies share a common vision. Now we have the opportunity to bring many of the innovations we’ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebook’s 250 million users around the world and to work alongside Facebook’s passionate engineers to create even more ways for you to easily

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Everyone’s Kevin Bacon number has dropped thanks to Facebook

There we go, I can finally answer the question “what is Facebook good for?” Three years ago, the average number of connections to join any two people on the planet was 5.28. Now, thanks to Facebook and the rise of social networks, that number has dropped to 4.74. Empirical proof that we are all getting closer to each other. Now, how does Kevin Bacon feel about that?

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Facebook’s 16 year old mistake?

Arthur Le Meur, via his Dad, Loic: My 16 years old son Arthur first told me “I will delete my entire Facebook profile and create a new empty one when they launch Timeline.” He got so scared that his current friends would see all his posts and pics since 2009 that he somehow managed to activate his account as developer (by creating a fake app I think, I guess it’s a start), activate timeline and then he found he could hide it all. Here is Facebook’s mistake: considering that everybody will want to expose all his past by default. Isn’t it…

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Why are you letting Facebook make money from your life?

John Battelle:  But allow me to relate a more economic argument: At present, there’s no way for our story tellers to make money directly from Facebook for the favor of crafting engaging narratives on top of the company’s platform. And from what I can divine, Facebook plans to make a fair amount of money selling advertising next to these new timeline profiles. As they get richer and more multi-media, so will the advertisements. Do you think Facebook intends to cut its 800 million narrative agents into those advertising dollars? I didn’t think so. And that’s before he mentions Facebook as

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