Social networking news: Facebook Deals and selecting sharing, changes at Friendster

A few newsworthy notes from the world of social networking:

First, Facebook has finally announced its long-anticipated “Deals” feature. In a nutshell, Deals lets you take advantage of special savings by checking into participating shops and restaurants. Deals is taking on the popular Groupon in this arena and will initially be available in five cities in the United States.

In more Facebook news, a new Send button has been added alongside the Like button. Unlike Like, which broadcasts your approval of something to all of your Facebook friends, Send lets you fine-tune with whom you share this information.

Finally, one of the original social networks is changing directions. Friendster wants users to download any photos, blogs and other content by May 31, after which date it will be deleted. Your friends lists, games, and basic profile won’t be removed. I don’t know that our reader base and Friendster’s user base overlaps much, but I thought this was another sign that the social networking landscape is pretty much owned by Facebook now.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.