Whether you use Facebook or not, you should be watching these developments. What happens with Beacon over the next few weeks will make a huge difference in how internet users are treated by websites and their advertisers.
It almost made it through the month of November without succumbing to pressures to make changes.
Facebook Beacon, the new “hypertargeted” social advertising program that has drawn negative attention from across the internet, received an overhaul on November 30, less than a month after its launch. There are still points of contention that organizations such as MoveOn will continue to press, but the most notorious feature has been removed.
Instead of having to opt-out to prevent personal purchasing data from showing on a user’s page and their friend’s pages, Facebook members now have to opt-in. Despite future controversy over other issues, this will be the last major change for a while, and here’s why… (more…)