17 thoughts on “Ping, Facebook Break Up: It Happened Last Night”

  1. I just think the truth is that Apple just don’t do social. Their excellence is in fine detail and every detail and their complete control all through the process. Social is messy and muddy and I just don’t see Apple being to handle that, it is not in their genes.

    1. That is interesting thought. I would agree on Apple’s approach and social being in conflict. I was pretty interested in seeing how well Apple did Facebook, just like how well they have done with Netflix.

  2. “I am severely disappointed that I can’t bring my pre-configured social graph to Ping”

    That’s what you get when you don’t make use of existing *OPEN* standards, Om!

    http://activitystrea.ms <—- HEY APPLE, THIS IS FREE TO USE!

  3. How much “digital social recommendation” is too much?

    We used to live without it. I don’t really care what a bunch of semi-connections recommend or don’t. Part of the beauty of the “old internet” was that we would surf, find things, discover — not live in little pods with like-minded people all talking about and recommending the same thing (Really, I don’t care what you “Like”). Better yet, we’d speak with people and deal with nuance, inflection and subtleties that got below the surface…

    It’s pretty sad that you look to the Facebook for your recommendations. Get out in the World, you’ll find it to be an interesting place where you can discover all sorts of things – Without Facebook “friends” feeding you canned recommendations (only items marked with a “Like” right? Which is what percentage of the real world? Less than 1%).

  4. I had the same sense using the service, which I would attribute to the bigger picture issue that Apple is all about reasoned orchestration, not “ship the idea,” “fix,” “iterate,” as say Facebook and even Google, are tuned to be, and social is all about fine-tuning and finagling.

    That aside, logic dictates the Facebook and Apple have a shared enemy in Google, and they will find a way to kiss and make up.

  5. Interesting post. It is going to take time for Apple to build a social graph and layer interesting recommendations based on it. It seems that the low hanging fruit is to allow users to follow artists. That is something Apple can do better than Facebook and it is the part of the network where the music and song recommendations will be the most influential (and something that should not be too hard to pull off because artists want to have a good relationship with Apple and a better presence in iTunes). Don’t you think that Apple can pull off that part of the graph?

  6. This is VERY annoying. I turned off Ping for a second to see the Facebook button again (the first time none of my friends had used it) but it didn’t show up AND now the people I follow won’t show up in my Recent Activity and I can’t UNfollow them and then REfollow them. The only solution (I have tried reinstalling iTunes on my Mac) is to turn off Ping and wait a week until my account is fully erased. Please help because I don’t if this will work!!!

  7. It appears that independent artists, even those with albums on iTunes are unable to set up Artist accounts. What’s the point of all this then?

    Apple has recommended I follow Lady Gaga on Ping. No thank you. Looks like MySpace has gotten a reprieve.

  8. Internet text is not communication and Internet friends are not friends.

    Watch with me as the meaning of the word “friends” morphs from it’s current meaning, “others with whom you are intimate”, to it’s future meaning, “others you do not know or care about”

  9. Stephen wrote: “Watch with me as the meaning of the word “friends” morphs from it’s current meaning, “others with whom you are intimate”, to it’s future meaning, “others you do not know or care about””

    You’ll die a lonely man, Stephen.

  10. WTF is ping? Jobs looks like a walking skeleton, I wonder how many unborn fetis’ it takes to get him through the day.

  11. I don’t understand what the steve bashing is all about !! ping is certainly a good idea and definitely worth for users – I would rather listen to what my friends are listening than some random music. Heck I could even make new friends based on my choice of music – I agree with the earlier comment that social apple. It’s a change and I hope they see the value fb brings and makes up with them.

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