Facebook inspires community experience ideas

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I signed up for Facebook on Saturday after a recommendation from a designer at Digg. It seems that Facebook is becoming a model for all community sites, and is gaining popularity – reaching beyond its college audience. I was immediately impressed with the visual style and ease of use. I quickly created a profile, and had 20 friends within a few days, which made me feel like the last person in my social circle to join! How come I hadn’t used it before?

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Now I see a consolidated dashboard view of my social networks: Digg, Dogster, Flickr, Sonicliving, Twitter, and LastFM. I can also see more easily what my friends are up to. I love the passive communication that Facebook provides without phone calls, text messages, or IMs. I’m in the Facebook honeymoon phase.

Blurb profiles are a great first step in creating a community for Blurb authors – but our work doesn’t stop there. We’re exploring new ways for authors to discover, share, and market their books through the Blurb community. We have exciting ideas in the pipeline.

What is on your wishlist for your Blurb Bookstore or your user profile? Tell us about the community features you’d like to see or your ideas for connecting your bookstore to your other social networks.

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6 Comments

  1. How about a facebook app for Blurb books?

      June 23, 2007 – 4:25 pm   Permalink
  2. Well howdy Nikita – Italy seems to be treating you well. Can\’t stay away from the internet, eh? A Facebook app for Blurb books is a great idea. What would you like to see this app do? Let us know. And thanks for taking time out of sightseeing and skating to drop into the blog.

    By Kathy
      June 23, 2007 – 4:30 pm   Permalink
  3. facebook owns your images! be careful.

    “When you post User Content to the Site, you authorize and direct us to make such copies thereof as we deem necessary in order to facilitate the posting and storage of the User Content on the Site. By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

    By jc
      June 25, 2007 – 5:48 am   Permalink
  4. Bluber is simple to wok that’s wy I”m satisfect.

    By helena
      June 25, 2007 – 6:11 am   Permalink
  5. Blurb also has rights to use your work — every publisher has to have that. The onerous thing about the Facebook language is the “for any purpose” and “prepare derivative works” provisions.

    By Joe
      August 12, 2009 – 9:29 am   Permalink
  6. Hi Joe -
    Just to clarify – Blurb Bookmakers retain the rights to all their work, and if we have an interest in using a book for promotional purposes, we always contact the bookmaker for approval first.
    Thanks!

      August 13, 2009 – 9:58 am   Permalink

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