The Facebook TOS Vote Is Over: You Didn’t Vote, Did You?

I’m not the least surprised to see Facebook coming short of the 60 million votes needed in the Terms of Service pseudo-democracy stunt. Because they did, and both AllFacebook and Inside Facebook confirms it. So how many people did in fact vote?

650,000 according to said two sites. They needed 60 million.

I would’ve expected a bigger turnout, but obviously the average Facebook users isn’t too inclined to read the proposed Terms of Service. Which I can sympathize with, those are dull documents and most users just accepts and moves on. But seriously, 650,000 and you needed 60 million? That’s almost embarrassing.

I think Facebook thinks so too, but on the flipside, they did the open thing here, and no more whining when they change the TOS to earn your soul again. Because you obviously didn’t vote.

Facebook To Charge For Vanity URLs?

AllFacebook noticed a poll asking users if they would pay for a vanity URL on the service. Some select few have already gotten vanity URLs, like AllFacebook for one ( – compare to your own profile URL), but it is no a feature open to the public.

What would it mean if Facebook started charging for vanity URLs? Well, first of all we’d have a rush for important keywords, like “hockey”, “books”, “games” and so on. It would basically be the hunt for great domain names all over again. And why shouldn’t Facebook move on this? Why indeed.

Cast Your Vote On The New Facebook Terms Of Service

The TOS Vote

FacebookFacebook plays democracy and lets you vote on the new terms of service, after the debacle some time ago. A good move, but do you really have that much of a choice?

You will have two options on the ballot, as shown below: 1) the new Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), which incorporate feedback from users and experts received during the 30-day comment period, or 2) the current Terms of Use, which were developed by Facebook and did not go through an outside comment period.

The vote is open until April 23, 11:59 am PDT. Read more in Mark Zuckerberg’s blog post and on Techmeme of course. [Read more…]

Which Facebook application developer is making more than $1m monthly?

At Allfacebook, Nick O’Neill claims that at least one Facebook application developer is making more than $1m/month, but won’t say who it is:

There’s a pretty well known secret among top Facebook application developers: one developer is generating over $1 million a month. Who is that developer exactly? Well, most people won’t talk about it and after some prodding around we’ve narrowed down the suspects. We aren’t going to post them though because ultimately it doesn’t matter who the individual is. All that matters is that a top application that is used for entertainment purposes is generating over $1 million a month.

So who is it? [Read more…]