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Date: 2007dec31

Q.  Does Facebook play nice?

A.

When Facebook opened their API in mid-2007, me and
other developers rushed in to write applications.
Some of us made apps that organized your friends.

eg:
http://www.facebook.com/apps/index.php?q=cliques
http://www.facebook.com/apps/index.php?q=circle+of+friends
(you need to be logged in to Facebook to see these pages)

But now Facebook has added that function to the base site:
http://www.facebook.com/friends/
(on the right)

Which cuts out us independent developers.
This is just like when everyone's favorite monopolist built Internet
Explorer into Windows to "cut off the air supply" of Netscape.

Doesn't seem fair to me.