Mark Zuckerberg talks Apple, Facebook integrated during Web 2.0 Summit

On the second day of the Web 2.0 Summit, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made some comments on his company's dealings with Apple over Ping.

Zuckerberg also had an explanation for why the company had not partnered with Apple to let it pull in social data for Ping. He says that Facebook has had to invest tens of millions of dollars into infrastructure to enable games from large developers like Zynga, which is why Facebook and Zynga agreed to a formal alliance. Zuckerberg says that if the company is going to make an investment like this, “we want to have an understanding that you won’t just import our data — and that you try to contribute back. We’re working through that.”

Now that we somewhat understand the basics for why Facebook is still blocking ping maybe they and Apple can come to terms and work out some sort of deal to incorporate Facebook into Ping to help make it more useable.

Recently Twitter allowed Apple to intergrate their services into Ping so it would be extremely useful and welcome for Facebook to follow suit but we will have to continue to wait through the Apple and Facebook negotiations.

Do you think Ping needs Facebook to thrive as a social network or do you think Twitter is enough for users to be more interested in utilizing the Ping services?

[ TechCrunch ]

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Mark Zuckerberg talks Apple, Facebook integrated during Web 2.0 Summit


@keil: because there's no reason to use that word. Use "lame" as an alternative to it. I'm sure it explains what you're trying to say better.

For the masses who exclusively use iTunes maybe it will go some where. But I really don't by much music these days. If I do it's normally a song I heard that I just want, I'll shop around on iTunes or Amazon though. Other than that I rarely buy any albums myself. I get turned onto to new stuff mostly through friends who get their stuff through various "channels". If I want it I'll get it from them. That's a probably a similar situation for the tech savy here at TiPb I would wager.
So in the end, Ping is lame. I know 0.0 people who use it anyway.

Ping seriously sucks. Used it once and will never use it again. Stop trying to give ping life Rene. It's dead. Move on

F facebook. Ping would be cool if people and bands would use their accounts. Give it a chance.

Not a fan of Ping. It doesn't even have it's own app on iDevices. You have to open iTunes (many of us rarely do that on a whim) and find it. Then wait for it to load. Click a page, wait for it to load. Click the wrong thing? Damn, gotta hit back and wait for that to load. FB seems snappier (albeit has been out far longer and is more advanced) but just makes sense. Ping seems to be an app that tries to hard and in the end is attempting to force its way into our lives.

Ping is useless since it's rooted to the iTunes bloatware. If I need to use iTunes I want to get whatever I wanted to do done and out right away. No lingering with the resources that thing hogs.

Wow I agree with what almost everyone has said above. Ping is dumb, Rene stop trying to defend it you don't have to worship the floor Apple and Jobs walk on in everything they do.
Some things are just dumb, like Ping. I mean at the very least I'd use it if there was an app for it, but even Apple doesn't seem wholehearted about the subject they are half in and half out. I actually am a social network addict and think Ping is dumb.