ScobleGate – Facebook Data Scandal January 3, 2008Posted by John in Technology.
Robert Scoble was baited by Plaxo to do the unthinkable – go into Facebook late at night and take Facebook’s / his contacts. Robert reports this morning that Facebook shut him down. Then it was a massive conversation this morning on twitter and around the web. What really happened here?
The general consensus on twitter is that Robert was looking for publicity. I happen to agree with Mike Arrington he was baited by Plaxo or to quote Mike Arrington “Scoble was Plaxo’s lab rat”.
There is a good discussion going on twitter on this topic. If you want to see my opinion as it unfolded got to http://www.twitter.com/furrier
My opinion: I believe that opening thing up is a good thing. Going around TOS overtly and under false pretense is bad for trust. Facebook is looking at either alienating Scoble or the entire developer community and advertisers who abide by the Terms of Service of Facebook.
Robert Scoble happened to be holding the smoking gun but Plaxo was the mastermind. Mike Arrington confirmed this on twitter and his blog post that Plaxo approached a select list of bloggers including Mike and Robert.