The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 01:52:22 PM on Friday, June 26th, 2009
With the recent news of Facebook becoming the second Internet as we know it, they have embraced the need for consumers to track everything they purchase and where they bought it.  So introducing the first image of the Facebook Citizen Preferred credit card (image below)

Image:The Facebook credit card - coming soon (and what you get with it)

 Imagine a social graph built around things like the following:
  • clothing purchased and sizes
  • shoes and sizes
  • movies seen and rented
  • types of live events
  • favorite restaurants
  • where you buy groceries
  • where you buy gas
  • where you travel
  • what hotels you like to stay in
  • what kind of coffee you drink
  • the list is endless....


With the new Facebook Preferred card, you not only become a consumer of these goods, but a Citizen of Facebook.  Where your every movement is then tracked, graphed and soon, mapped via location services as applications in Facebook.  While they build the walled garden to keep other financial institutions out, they will be growing in how much they know about you.
  •  Advertisements will be shown that exactly match what you not only buy regularly, but what you will buy in the future.  Oh you will want it, they know it.
  • Friends and family will get personalized birthday wish lists sent to them.  No more guessing what you don't have or really need.
  • Anniversary gift lists that combine you and your significant other as shown in your relationship status will be generated.  no more making the significant other mad when you pick the wrong thing.  You can't anymore.
  • When whole families use the card, vacation packages will be shown that everyone would enjoy.  Make the kids and grandma happy in one trip
  • Your significant other will immediately be able to see where you just were and when she is getting what you just bought.  No more sneaking to the local DQ for an ice cream cone without her!

So sign up today and get your Facebook card.  Facebook is financing it with ad revenue so no need for the banks as middle men.  You will transfer money via the new Facebook Funds.  Don't worry about the interest rate, they already know your credit score for gosh sakes.

by Chris Miller at 11:21:24 AM on Friday, June 12th, 2009
As we discussed on TheSocialGeeks Episode 16, the Facebook vanity URL dam walls open tonight for those of you registered on Facebook before May 31 2009.  Yes, before May 31 only.  This is to prevent squatters on specific names.  So what name are you going to pick?  What rights do you have to that name?  (Side note that the name must be 5 characters or greater, so sorry IBM, Dell, HP and KFC?) This was an important part of the discussion on the podcast and I found myself thinking more about it this morning.

Myself, I have a brand name that has been built under IdoNotes across all the networks.  Well documented, shown for years and mapped to me.  So I even have a case to use the form Facebook has in place when there is a conflict with someone taking your name.  That brings me right to the next point.  What about your common name?  You know, as in "ChrisMiller"?
  • Who owns that right on Facebook with the hundreds of people with that name?
  • Is it first come, first serve?
  • What about first person that was on Facebook?
  • How about the most active person?
  • The one with the most friends?
  • The one with the largest fan page?
Then following what Louis Gray said on the podcast, which summarized to "Facebook is leaving off the fact anyone can buy a domain name and redirect it to your facebook page".  He uses SocialToo for that very purpose and many of you own multiple domains.  Is Facebook where you want your point of entry for everything?  Why not have a social page like Wayne Sutton or myself?  Then link to every profile.  So why is this so important to Facebook?

Easy, to make them your portal for your identity.  It is the pure ownership of you showing off you you are and you are passing it to someone else.  I am saying to you to go and get your vanity URL on Facebook.  Fight with the masses.  But then go register a domain that represents you and make a brand out of it. Be yourself and own yourself.  Do not let a site like this force you into showing your identity through them.  Use them as the free service they are, ad driven.  Not putting so much worth into a URL you do not own or control in the end.


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