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Facebook Caught In Anti-Google Smear Campaign

How does the 2nd most trafficked site in the world plan on becoming #1? By hiring a PR firm to plant negative stories about the competition! Here's a brief point-by-point recap of what you need to know!

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  • Facebook's Hired Guns

    This morning, The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons broke news that Facebook hired PR firm Burson-Marsteller to pitch stories to bloggers urging them to investigate whether or not Google's Social Circle violated the terms of service of other social networks; promising placement in popular sites like The Huffington Post and Politico.

  • The Whistleblower

    One blogger, Christopher Soghoian turned down the offer and publicly posted the emails for all to see.

  • Facebook's Beef With Google

  • Michael Arrington Makes A Good Point

    In Tech Crunch's coverage of the story, Michael Arrington points out that Facebook user data should belong to the users and I couldn't agree more.

  • By The Way

    Although Google is still ranked #1 in unique visits while Facebook is #2, Facebook actually surpassed Google in total traffic last spring.