Googlers Leave Facebook, Is It Hypocritical?

Apr 26, 2010 • 8:44 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Last week Facebook announced the Open Graph program that essentially allows web sites to embed code on their pages that allows Facebook users to 'like' content on third-party web sites and automatically be included in Facebook. The issue is that technically, if this code is on web sites, Facebook is following you around the web unless you specifically opt out of this or sign out of Facebook. It gets more detailed, so read it over at Search Engine Land.

Due to this implementation, amongst other things, Googlers, including Matt Cutts deactivated their accounts. Matt explained:

I just deactivated my Facebook account using the guide at http://goo.gl/rhpE Not hard to do & you can still revive it later.

Danny commented on the Search Engine Land post saying:

If it is a protest over privacy, will Matt close his Buzz account now?

http://www.google.com/profiles/109412257237874861202#buzz

I think they’ve have a few issues, as well :)

So do you think Googlers are being hypocritical here or they are deactivating their accounts for other reasons? Here is a poll:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Ilan

04/26/2010 02:36 pm

Forget buzz... What about analytics? Google already follows everybody around when they're logged into their GMail, searching, and then surfing into Analytics-enabled sites.

methode

04/26/2010 05:37 pm

Ilan, cos the rest of the search engines aren't tracking what are you doing... gimme a break.

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