screen shot 2010 09 02 at 3 48 33 pm Mark Zuckerberg On Ping

Apple and Facebook are having an issue at the moment. Despite launching with Facebook Connect integration yesterday, it’s now nowhere to be seen on Apple’s new music social network, Ping (through iTunes). And that’s too bad because even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg signed up to try out Ping yesterday. While Facebook Connect won’t help you find Zuckerberg there, you can still search him out. Twice, actually. Which one to choose? It’s pretty obvious, really. Or is it? From the photo above, one has 46 followers, says he’s into “Dance, Hip-hop/Rap”, and has no picture. The other has 74 followers, doesn’t list musical preferences, but has a picture. So it’s gotta be the second one, right? You’d think. WRONG! As tempting as it is to think that Zuckerberg actually filled in his profile to say “It’s true, I invented Facebook,” this is a fake account. The one with no picture and less followers? That’s the real Zuck. He follows two people, Katy Perry and Bret Taylor. One of those is a famous pop singer, the other is Facebook’s CTO. You do the math. Either way, why do I care? Well, it’s interesting that anyone can create a fake account of someone else on Ping. Sure, you need an iTunes account, but there are undoubtedly many people who have no interest in using Ping and are happy to create fake accounts. Seems like there’s an identification system that could potentially help with this. Oh yeah, Facebook Connect.


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