In a classic example of what NOT to do, Facebook (or some automated robot) has disabled uber-blogger Robert Scoble’s account - apparently because he’s running a script that scrapes information from his Facebook contacts so he can use them in other social networking services.
Sure, he may have violated Facebook’s terms of service by doing something blatantly offside but, come on, it’s Robert Scoble, an A-list blogger with a huge following and considerable influence over the influencers in the high-tech world.
If Facebook was smart, they would have tagged Scoble’s Facebook account as “important” so that if he was doing something untoward, he would have been contacted personally before being disabled. Instead, they gave Scoble a perfect platform to rail against Facebook – and let the blogosphere run wild as well.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
2008 has been pegged a big year for Facebook but the more strategic stumbling it does (e.g. Beacon), the more likely it will be that Zuckerberg and his twenty-something management buddies will be welcoming some seasoned executive recruits sooner rather than later.
Zuckerberg is a really smart guy but he’s a 23-year-old CEO running a wildly-growing entity, and looking like he’s in over his head.
More: Lorne Feldman has some insightful and, as usual, colorful thoughts about Robert “Freedom Fighter for Your Data” Scoble. His take on what Scoble did was it’s “corporate espionage” and “dishonest and wrong”.