I am really starting to resent Facebook. I know its trendy, but unlike a lot if complaints if the service, I never had that much an issue with them using the data in their own service. Yes, privacy matters, but Facebook has always been an opt-in service. Don’t like it, don’t use it.
Except that Facebook is starting to feel hell bent on making sure you end up in their clutches whether you like it or not. The Moves saga has been a disaster for the app. It went from a near five star rating on the App Store to around one and a half. People are exporting data and leaving. While I have not yet done so, I am considering it after the blatant lying they pulled following the acquisition. 1
Facebook is becoming the Walmart of the internet. They swoop into neighborhood, destroy the competition, and hire any remaining holdouts to be greeters.
Facebook has to stop this. It may not hurt them short term, but users are fickle, and nothing lasts forever. And we remember how we were treated. They may not have been hurt by this episode, but Moves has been for sure. So we end up with another service ruined by them, and in record time.2 Thanks Facebook. I won’t forget this.