Yahoo! Will Integrate Facebook Connect Next Year
Article by George Norman
On 03 Dec 2009
With more than 350 million people using Facebook, it is undoubtedly a very popular social networking site. With more than 500 million people visiting Yahoo! each month, you could also say that Yahoo! is quite popular as well. So what do you do when you have to online services that have millions of users? Why, you bring them together of course.

“We have good news to share with everyone who uses Yahoo! and Facebook – in the first half of 2010 we will open the door between two of the Internet’s largest online communities. You will be able to see your Facebook friends’ activities on Yahoo! and share Yahoo! content – ratings, photos, article comments, and more – directly on your Facebook stream. We’re doing this by deeply integrating a service called Facebook Connect across Yahoo! properties worldwide,” announced Vice President of Communities with Yahoo!, Jim Stoneham.

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Yahoo! touts the fact that it wants to “bring together social experiences from across the web” and be the one-stop destination for people all over the world that want to access useful info and stay connected with the people they care about. The Yahoo! user will benefit from richer experiences across all Yahoo! products thanks to the integration of Facebook Connect. The user will be able to update his status message directly from within Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! News for example.

“We are doing this as part of our commitment to deliver more personally relevant Internet experiences, so watch for more details in the New Year,” added Stoneham.

Switching focus towards Facebook for a moment, founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in an open letter that the social networking site will completely remove regional networks and will come up with a simpler model for privacy control. According to Zuckerberg there are 350 million Facebook users and about half of them are part of a regional network. Some regional networks are made up of millions of users and this is not exactly the best way for a Facebook user to control his or her privacy.

“The plan we've come up with is to remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy control where you can set content to be available to only your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone. We've worked hard to build controls that we think will be better for you, but we also understand that everyone's needs are different. We'll suggest settings for you based on your current level of privacy, but the best way for you to find the right settings is to read through all your options and customize them for yourself. I encourage you to do this and consider who you're sharing with online,” commented Mark Zuckerberg.



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