http://news.cnet.com/8301-31322_3-57324406-256/how-facebook-is-ruining-sharing/ — This article brings up a number of interesting points about the so-called “frictionless” sharing facebook has been slowly rolling out. The author claims that if all of the articles and songs one consumes are shared passively, it ruins the notion of curation, which is key to social sharing. For example, if I listened to s a song on Spotify to check it out and thought it sucked, this would still appear in the same way as a song I checked out, loved, and wanted all of my friends to hear. This quote was particularly interesting:
“Let’s say all of us jump on the Open Graph bandwagon and allow app after app to passively post our every Web move. We’ll simply have opened the door to a horde of zombie posts that will overwhelm our interest and deaden us to the possibility of organic discovery.
Sharing and recommendation shouldn’t be passive. It should be conscious, thoughtful, and amusing–we are tickled by a story, picture, or video and we choose to share it, and if a startling number of Internet users also find that thing amusing, we, together, consciously create a tidal wave of meme that elevates that piece of media to viral status. We choose these gems from the noise. Open Graph will fill our feeds with noise, burying the gems.”
Do you agree with her assessment? Will “frictionless” sharing, once adopted widely, destroy the value of social sharing and just create data overload on your newsfeed (which could jeapordize facebook’s business model as even Sean Parker has admitted)? Will it also destroy the notion of link curation?