Facebook blocked Ping over data reciprocity, says Zuckerberg

“The final speaker during the second day of the Web 2.0 Summit was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was joined on stage by John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly,” Jason Kincaid reports for TechCrunch.

“Zuckerberg had an explanation for why the company had not partnered with Apple to let it pull in social data for Ping,” Kincaid reports. “He says that Facebook has had to invest tens of millions of dollars into infrastructure to enable games from large developers like Zynga, which is why Facebook and Zynga agreed to a formal alliance. Zuckerberg says that if the company is going to make an investment like this, ‘we want to have an understanding that you won’t just import our data — and that you try to contribute back. We’re working through that.'”

Kincaid reports, “Obviously there’s more to it than that — I doubt Steve Jobs would have said Facebook requested ‘onerous terms’ if it had only been for infrastructure costs.”

Full article here.

Jason D. O’Grady points out for ZDNet, “Wait, what? Facebook doesn’t want to give its data to Ping without reciprocity?”

“If this sounds familiar that’s because it’s the exact same issue that Facebook got called out for by Google just a week ago,” O’Grady reports. “Google disabled Gmail contact export into Facebook (which FB later hacked) because Facebook won’t share its contact data with Google.”

O’Grady writes, “Cue the double standards.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David J.” for the heads up.]


  1. This is why Apple is better owning, using open standards, buying or inventing the products and services they supply. Like the OS X, A4 chip, QuickTime, billion dollar server farm, local Apple Stores, multi-touch, etc.

    If it has an Apple logo on it, that is the device or service I will use.

  2. I freaking hate the fact that some 26 year old idiot technological “wunderkind” is in charge of such a potentially important asset like Facebook. Frankly I don’t want to have to experience the mistakes this Zuckerberg dummy makes as he “grows up.”.

    Not that more experienced folks like Steve Ballmer never grow up and understand their responsibilities to consumers. The Peter Pan CEO’s.

    Learning lessons like “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

  3. Repeat after me: Zuckerberg is EVIL. Do not trust anything he says. Now he wants to control all your private email and messaging? You are insane to turn over to Facebook this information. You can be assured that none of your private communications will be private.

    Try exporting your Facebook contacts. Sorry, you can’t. Oh, and take a few minutes to read the Facebook terms of service – you’ll turn sheet white.

    My advice: run as far as you can from Facebook. Sadly, its popularity is proof that there’s a sucker born every minute and the evil spawn of Lucifer walks this Earth.

  4. Very simple…Zuckerbergo knows and fears that Apple could easily and quickly turn Ping into a Facebook killer revolution faster than any kind of contract could be signed.
    Facebook fears Apple…plain and simple…iTunes is on everyone’s computer already.
    Ping is already a stake into the heart of MySpace, which was the latest and greatest a few years ago. iTunes kicks Facebook’s tail in video and audio as it sits. Ever tried to post a video on Facebook?

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