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Facebook Kills Places, Deals Products

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the there-can-be-only-groupon dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Following the announcement about its major privacy revamp this week, Facebook has announced it is killing two of its products. The company has axed Facebook Places, although it is still adding new location features at the same time. In addition, the social network has has axed Facebook Deals, although Check-in Deals will still be available."

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can it be my alibi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231064)

So anyone can presumably leave a digital trail of breadcrumbs just enough to show 'doubt' in the prosecution's case about being in the time and place to commit the alleged crime. Mwahahahaaa

Re:can it be my alibi? (3, Insightful)

AnotherAnonymousUser (972204) | about 3 years ago | (#37231476)

For all the complaints about Facebook posts on Slashdot, I really find it useful that someone is keeping tabs on the site that I have open every time the browser is open, posting the most recent scandals, news, and peer-reviews of the newly released features.I don't subscribe to Facebook's update blog and most of the The only reason I ever knew about Beacon back in the day was because of Slashdot's coverage of the story. The legal issues surrounding the ownership of Facebook have been interesting to track constantly, because Slashdot often has the daily posts of relevant updates to the cases without having to Google it to find out what's changed in the legal cases. New privacy features (or their loss) are extremely important to know about, and I've valued having it brought to the public eye so quickly by having it posted to the main page of Slashdot.

(And by the way for anyone willing to respond, what became of Beacon? Did it transmute into their current information harvesting, or was it abandoned?)

Re:can it be my alibi? (1)

MurukeshM (1901690) | about 3 years ago | (#37232496)

Abandoned. I believe the class-action lawsuit it begat forced fb to do so.

/slownewsday (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231072)

n/t

That feeling. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231086)

Do you know that feeling of "this title is worded this way to get attention" when you read a title?

I just had that feeling.

Re:That feeling. (2)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | about 3 years ago | (#37231102)

You mean Facebook isn't actually entering the terrorism and drug fields?

Re:That feeling. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231152)

I am just saying the actual article isn't about that. They still may be doing what you said.

Re:That feeling. (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | about 3 years ago | (#37231162)

So according to the title, it deals "products". I wonder what products this is about.

Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (5, Insightful)

countertrolling (1585477) | about 3 years ago | (#37231150)

What, is Slashdot gonna print every press release from these people on the front page? I mean really, who gives a fuck about facebook, except the damn teeny boppers? What can't you people do a writeup on Redhat 5.2 running on a Mac Performa, or something?

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (4, Insightful)

cvtan (752695) | about 3 years ago | (#37231198)

Clearly you have no idea about what is really important.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231336)

Yeah, like, why TF is the NASCAR race on ABC being superseded by f'ing Hurricane coverage - I can see that anywhere, but the race is ONLY available on f'ing ABC.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231350)

Maybe they realized nothing of value was lost.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (1)

terrox (555131) | about 3 years ago | (#37231456)

You could say the same about the Hurricane story (0024206) on Slashdot. It isn't techy or nerdy, it's only relevant to one city, it's everywhere in the news, why post it?

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231600)

It's also on ESPN specifically because many affiliates are going to hurricane coverage.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (2)

Aerorae (1941752) | about 3 years ago | (#37231964)

Booooooooooooooooooooring~~~~~~~~ (that's why)

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (2)

Savantissimo (893682) | about 3 years ago | (#37232376)

Facebook is not news. Facebook is not for nerds, it is for fools. What we need is not more Facebook folderol, but a script that will mod -3 (idjit) anybody who is damn fool enough to even entertain the notion of having a Facebook account.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37232776)

It's news for nerds who work in the daily deals industry.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (2)

Ltap (1572175) | about 3 years ago | (#37233126)

We have an apple.slashdot.org. Why not a facebook.slashdot.org? Then we could filter out stories from it and be a lot happier.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37232412)

Agreed.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (1)

syockit (1480393) | about 3 years ago | (#37232632)

If you have to blame, blame the community. Apparently, when a select number of moderators is elected from the readership to determine what gets to the front page, there are always a significant number which will mod this kind of news up.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37232660)

I got Slackintosh running on a PowerMac 6100, using a totally unofficial NuBus PowerPC port of the Linux kernel and loaded with the MkLinux boot loader running from a small System 7 partition.

But that was a long time ago, and now I use Facebook.

If you think the only people using Facebook are the teeny boppers, you probably don't have much of a social life.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37232694)

Facebook is the Britney Spears of technology.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (1)

Jarik_Tentsu (1065748) | about 3 years ago | (#37233324)

Considering that Facebook probably has a market share Redhat can even dream of - and not just the 'damn teeny boppers' as you said, but just about every demographic there is - I'd say people do give a fuck.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about 3 years ago | (#37233452)

I give a fuck. I'm not a teeny bopper, but I have my idiot sons, my dingaling wife and her dingaling sisters, a myriad of lackwit coworkers, some oddball friends and associates, and some freaky neighbors who are all pretty clueless about online privacy. None of them listen to me, but one day, when a whole bunch of them start saying, "How did blah-blah learn all this crap about me?" I can say, "I told you so!"

Much of what happens to privacy online is unconscionable. Sending an email, or a message to a personal friend should NOT expose you to targeted advertising, or to scrutiny by ICE, or subject you to an interrogation by your employer. It's time that we developed some ethics regarding online privacy, and it's time the government began to enforce some of those ethics. Taking Rupert Murdoch down is a rather feeble start - but it's a start.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37238298)

I get a more tech news from Facebook than Slashdot... and better quality as well.

I guess since you're too fucking stupid to know how to use Facebook you have to shit on them? Well, shit on you. You're a dumb fuck. Probably a Luddite too.

Re:Oooo.. check in deals! Binspam! (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 3 years ago | (#37238446)

What, is Slashdot gonna print every press release from these people on the front page? I mean really, who gives a fuck about facebook, except the damn teeny boppers? What can't you people do a writeup on Redhat 5.2 running on a Mac Performa, or something?

You misspelled Yellow Dog. And you better have an FPU (pisses me off, I only had a Mac with a 68LC040)

I had no idea that they even existed. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231158)

I had no idea that they even existed in the first place. Well, I guess I won't miss them!

I'm nearing the end of my patience with Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231182)

My mother nagged me in to making a Facebook page because much of the family used it. However, I now desperately need a Facebook pop-up blocker. Simply posting one picture became an exercise in whack-a-mole. "Oo ... you have new privacy settings, Want a tour?", "Hey would you like to add some locations", "Who are you with in that picture?". F'ing annoying.

What!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231194)

Only 2?

Useful (0)

AnotherAnonymousUser (972204) | about 3 years ago | (#37231478)

For all the complaints about Facebook posts on Slashdot, I really find it useful that someone is keeping tabs on the site that I have open every time the browser is open, posting the most recent scandals, news, and peer-reviews of the newly released features.I don't subscribe to Facebook's update blog and most of the The only reason I ever knew about Beacon back in the day was because of Slashdot's coverage of the story. The legal issues surrounding the ownership of Facebook have been interesting to track constantly, because Slashdot often has the daily posts of relevant updates to the cases without having to Google it to find out what's changed in the legal cases. New privacy features (or their loss) are extremely important to know about, and I've valued having it brought to the public eye so quickly by having it posted to the main page of Slashdot.

(And by the way for anyone willing to respond, what became of Beacon? Did it transmute into their current information harvesting, or was it abandoned?)

Copying Google+ already (2)

GabriellaKat (748072) | about 3 years ago | (#37231638)

So, basically they are copying Google+ already...

Re:Copying Google+ already (2)

me at werk (836328) | about 3 years ago | (#37232064)

Eh? Google+ features checkin on the mobile G+ app [google.com] (it's the checkmark in a circle in the top, see the screenshot for "stream") and their latitude platform [google.com] .

Those are Services not Products! (1)

kurt555gs (309278) | about 3 years ago | (#37231718)

Products have both mass and volume. Otherwise it's a service. Or, do you really think those boxes of insurance on Progressive commercials are really products.

Don't be fooled by corporate babel-speak.

Re:Those are Services not Products! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37232130)

If the service is free, the user is the product.

(from The Register...their observation that for Facebook, Google, etc. their real "products" are the millions of eyeballs they can datamine and offer advertising to, not whatever gee-whiz internet service they're seducing them with)

It was worth it for the headline. (2)

Nationless (2123580) | about 3 years ago | (#37231798)

If anything this whole post was just for the sake of making a misleading headline that vilifies facebook while the reality being harmless and, frankly, pointless.

Got your clicks though, didn't it?

Failbook is for fucktarded sheeple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37231960)

Failbook is the biggest site used by stupid little fucktarded sheeple who continue to use the site despite all of the signs failbook spreads virii and will never respect the privacy of any luser. Oh, you need to use it to keep in touch? Well that's what traditional mail and phone service is for. Email can work in a fucking pinch. Same goes for websites. Shit, it's easy to make a fucking website. Oh, you want to meet other sheeple? Well that can be accomplished by going out and meeting people face to face, no computer is required. If a computer must be used there's always IRC. Oh, you can only think of using social fucktard media sites? Well then that means only one thing, you are obviously too fucking stupid to even exist let alone use a fucking computer. Since you are that stupid why not go find a cliff or a bridge somewhere, then take your entire fucktarded family. Have all of them jump off to their fucking deaths, and after that jump to you fucking death. The human race needs to cleans itself of your filthy fucktarded genes.

Re:Failbook is for fucktarded sheeple (2)

moozey (2437812) | about 3 years ago | (#37232368)

You do realise Facebook (and all social network sites) actually makes it EASIER to communicate with people over the internet? If I want to contact someone, I don't have to track down their email or their address or even their phone number- I can just log on to Facebook, search their name and send them a message in two clicks. But look, I shouldn't have to explain to you how Facebook can be a beneficial service. If you're too retarded to understand it yourself then you should probably be the one jumping off a bridge.

Facebook is a wonderful tool if used properly (1)

jwilcox154 (469038) | about 3 years ago | (#37234308)

I do agree with you 100%, Facebook does make it easier to communicate with people over the internet. While the original poster did make some sense that it is best to meet others IRL sometimes it is impossible to meet all friends IRL. For example I have met a few good friends through facebook. One person I have met has been such a wonderful friend to me. She lives in Ilkeston, Derbyshire and we have chatted quite a bit over the past year about the FB games we play, our troubles, our interests, Doctor Who, forum based Role Playing, and many other things. In fact I feel I could trust her with my life even though we have never met face to face. I think it is because we both feel like we have known each other for years.

Back to the original point without Facebook I would not have met her, or my other online friends for that matter, at all. As far a privacy I don't see what the big deal as I don't place some of my deepest, darkest secrets on Facebook. People just need to be careful what the post online whether it is a social media site, or their personal websites.

Re:Facebook is a wonderful tool if used properly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37238650)

Keep your stories to yourself. We don't like this mushy-mushy stuff.
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