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Facebook.fr Tempts Original’s Wrath

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Facebook recently won the rights to Face-book.com, even though the previous owner didn’t, to be honest, appear to be imitating the popular social networking site.  But since Facebook was troubled by Face-book.com, expect some real problems to erupt over Facebook.fr, which was claiming to be a beta version of Facebook Paris.

 Facebook.fr Tempts Original's Wrath
Facebook.fr Tempts Original’s Wrath

It wasn’t, of course.  At least, it wasn’t a Facebook Paris that was ever approved by Mark Zuckerberg.  Still, during my visit yesterday, the elements of a social network appeared to be present – there were tabs for “Ma Page,” “Membres,” “Forum,” “Groupes,” “Photos,” and “Vidéos,” among other categories.

(Most of the site was in French, as you probably noticed.  Interestingly enough, the Google-provided ads were in English.)

That seemed bad.  Also, in an article for TechCrunch, Ouriel Ohayon reported, “The provocation goes a bit further since the social network which seems active is hosted on Ning, a service that allows you to create your own social network and that can be considered a competitor to Facebook.”

A return trip to Facebook.fr today revealed an entirely fresh look, and, tellingly, the phrase “buy this domain” in all caps. 

Facebook’s press team has not yet responded to a request for comment (a full voicemail system would appear to indicate they’re quite busy), but, given how the Face-book.com experience ended, don’t be surprised if ownership of Facebook.fr domain changes hands in the near future.  The transfer may involve lawsuits, though, and not legal tender.

Facebook.fr Tempts Original’s Wrath
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