WSJ Goes OMG Over Facebook Drama

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Seriously, who let the hyperbole out?

In a classic Wired-Magazine-esque move, the Wall Street Journal opened a story about protests over Facebook’s new friend-tracking feature thusly:

Facebook.com, the popular social-networking Web site for students, is suddenly getting the cold shoulder on campus.

There are plenty of reasons this summary is unfair, and the article deconstructs itself:

  • Facebook has over nine million members logging 6 billion page views a month. Under half a million members protesting does not a revolution make.
  • Those who do protest, mostly protest by making Facebook groups and chatting on the site. That’s not a cold shoulder, that’s solid traffic.
  • For every user that doesn’t like the new feeds, there are ten who love them.
  • And that traffic will add up fast.

Oh well, at least some college kids got their names in the Journal and made Mom and Dad proud, so it’s not a total loss.

New Facebook Features Have Members in an Uproar [Wall Street Journal, free]

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*Originally published at Valleywag.


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Nick Douglas writes the Silicon Valley gossip rag Valleywag. On the side, he writes Fibonacci poetry and short stories about net-saturated life.

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