By combining HuffPost with AOL’s network of sites, thriving video initiative, local focus, and international reach, we know we’ll be creating a company that can have an enormous impact, reaching a global audience on every imaginable platform.Arianna Huffington • Revealing to her readers that, holy crap, AOL JUST BOUGHT THE HUFFINGTON POST FOR $315 MILLION! THIS IS HUGE. LIKE BIG HUGE. This would be the largest deal AOL’s ever been involved in if not for that pesky Time Warner thing that ended up in tears for all involved – especially stockholders. source (via • follow)
thislooksfamiliar said: They told you they were going to do that when you agreed to connect Facebook to Huffington Post. You let them access your data and your friends’ data.
» We say: Actually, they sold the feature like this: “Using the articles and interests that you’ve made public on your Facebook profile — both from within Facebook and across the web — we’ve developed a recommendation engine to help point you towards HuffPost stories tailored to your personal tastes.” Nowhere does it say in its article that they were going to use the data of your friends – names and birthdays – as a cheap way to draw hits. Here’s the thing – and the reason why this isn’t kosher: With this stupid little feature, they’ve gone from sharing data with other Facebook users connected with the Huffington Post to taking your Facebook data and using it in an unprecedented way. And that is something that they didn’t spell out to users. Which is why this is sketchy. There’s a difference between an end user not realizing what they’re getting into and a trusted site crossing the line. This isn’t about my own decision. It’s about theirs.