Facebook Credibility At Risk Again – Facebook’s URLGate

image Facebook is growing like crazy and people continue to debate the value of the platform. I am an active user of Facebook, and I like the utility of connecting and collaborating with family, friends, peers, and colleagues.

It’s no secret that the site is getting a bit messy – content redesigns and really bad ads with absolute no value or relevance to me. The advertising has no utility at all.

The bigger picture that mainstream users, advertisers, and partners question with Facebook is: Can They Be Trusted?

Today, a recent decision to cut a smoky backroom deal with key journalists continues the trend of ‘credibility blunders’. Kara Swisher of AllThingsD – a Dow Jones backed blog calls this URLGate.

I posted a tweet about this
and it immediately got a conversation going on Friendfeed (I love the irony of that).

Check out the comments on that conversation and add your opinion.

My Angle: Users, Partners, Advertisers don’t trust Facebook. Why? Because their track record of blunders continues. By giving URL name access to anyone in advance and in secret is bad policy. Facebook should have just developed a better policy. Plenty of places to figure this out just look at the years of experience ICANN has in dealing with domain names.

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John Furrier

John Furrier is founder, co-CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of SiliconANGLE, a new media company covering the intersection of computer science and social science. Furrier is also the co-founder and CEO of CrowdChat a social media platform for large-scale group conversations over hashtags. In addition to SiliconANGLE John runs Broadband Developments a private incubator and investment firm for creating new startups. Furrier lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife and four children.


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