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Scoble Banned From Facebook; Calacanis Happy
The big news in from Silicon Valley this morning is that Robert Scoble has been banned/blocked/not allowed to use Facebook anymore. Iit’s interesting how Facebook just bans/blocks people at will. He’s been completely removed from the directories and friends’ lists says Rodney Rumford of FaceReviews. Rumford goes on to note that this is a good thing as Scoble was playing around as a bot and Facebook has a bot-security system.
Should we be concerned that a social network can ban/block a person without even a chance to notifiy his or her friends of this issue? It’s like cutting off your old analog line without getting one of those "the number has been changed" messages.
The net positive from this is that we will certainly see another push towards data portability — that is being able to make a zip file of all of your goods on one social network to take to another social network. Scoble has a large enough following to start a strong tidal wave. This is a good thing.
I hear from an inside source that Jason Calacanis is happy as he has been moved up on the friend rankings. I smell a Mahalo push today. :-P