Facebook Says Leave The Innovation To Us, Please, And Quit Using The Word Face While You're At It
from the face-face-face-face-face-now-sue-me dept
Following the recent uproar at Facebook after it introduced new features to track users' activity, it looks like the site's a little paranoid about privacy: they've sent a cease and desist notice to a college student about his site, UnFaced, which lets users track who views their Facebook profile, how long they spend watching it, and somehow calculates their "compatibility" with the user. Sounds like a fairly useful add-on to Facebook, and something that could make the site more compelling and more useful for users -- which is a good thing, right? Wrong, says Facebook, which says UnFaced violates its terms and conditions. They've also shut off its creators' Facebook profile, and perhaps most annoyingly, says that the use of the word "face" in its name could violate its trademark. If Facebook doesn't want to let other people help make its product more useful, that's their business, but basically accusing people of bogus trademark infringment represents little more than a scare tactic to try and force the kid to back down. It's pretty obvious, probably even to a moron in a hurry, that UnFaced isn't Facebook. But maybe Facebook's saying something about the intelligence of their user base?