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Facebook Offers To Share Info From Flickr, del.icio.us

Other sites included (and still to come), too

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Think your friends don’t know enough about you already?  Facebook’s got a fix; the social network now allows users to import stories from other sites.

Flickr, Yelp, Picasa, and del.icio.us are the first four.  Options involving Digg are on the way, as well, according to a post on the Facebook Blog, and other sites should be included, too.  To its credit, Facebook seems to be focusing on things that have achieved a certain level of popularity, rather than those that come from any particular partners.

Facebook's Importing
 Facebook’s New Import Options

If this sounds interesting to you, Henry Huai Wang, an engineer, advises, "The option to import stories from other sites can be found via the small ‘Import’ link at the top of your Mini-Feed. . . .  These stories will look just like any other Mini-Feed stories, and will hopefully increase your ability to share information with the people you care about."

Of course, as with pretty much every change to Facebook, there are privacy issues to consider, but there’s nothing here that should spawn anything like the Beacon fiasco.  Import your own stories or don’t, and deal with the consequences from there.

The only real problem was of a somewhat technical nature; following the introduction of this feature, Facebook’s site slowed down for some users, and News Feeds stopped working entirely for others.  Everything’s running again now, though.

Facebook Offers To Share Info From Flickr, del.icio.us
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