Yahoo Seeks Social Life with Facebook Connect
Sometime in the first half of 2010, Yahoo users will be able to click the Yahoo Updates tab on the site to see the activities of their Facebook friends and share Flickr photos, article comments and other Yahoo content in their Facebook News Feeds. Meanwhile, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that Facebook has reached the 350 million user milestone and confirms that the social network is shuttering its regional networks.Facebook and Yahoo are building a bridge that will let users access their Facebook content from Yahoo and their Yahoo content from Facebook. Sometime in the first half of 2010, Yahoo users will be able to click the Yahoo Updates tab on the site to see the activities of their Facebook friends, and share Flickr photos, article comments and other Yahoo content in their Facebook News Feeds.
There are no monies changing hands in the deal, which will last five years, Jim Stoneham, vice president of communities for Yahoo, told the New York Times. The arrangement is made possible by Facebook's Connect service, which enables users to access their rich profile information outside Facebook's social network.
"As Facebook has grown, some of these regional networks now have millions of members and we've concluded that this is no longer the best way for you to control your privacy. Almost 50 percent of all Facebook users are members of regional networks, so this is an important issue for us. If we can build a better system, then more than 100 million people will have even more control of their information."As the company promised in July, Facebook is adding the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content users create or upload. Facebook will show users a message that will explain the changes and take them to a page where they can update their settings in the next couple of weeks.