The following was written by FamilyBuilder:
Recently, activities from individuals seeking to explore and expand their family genealogy on Facebook have been met with negative reactions from Facebook corporate and have had their Facebook accounts suspended.
The latest incident involved Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz who was accused of breaching Facebook's Terms of Service by apparently emailing his family members found on Facebook, and directing them to a third-party web site outside Facebook.com. You can read about this incident on Rodrigo's blog: http://rodrigo.typepad.com/english/2008/04/facebook-has-di.html. There is also a growing reaction to this incident on Twitter from Robert Scoble, also once suspended by Facebook, among others.
Familybuilder, the maker of the popular Family Tree application on Facebook recommends that individuals who wish to engage in Genealogy research and messaging on Facebook to install the free and easy-to-use "Family Tree" Application. Using the Family Tree Application on Facebook will reduce the risk of breaking Facebook's Terms of Service when trying to extend your social graph with family members. In addition, using the Family Tree Gedcom Import tool, you can leverage the work you have done elsewhere and import your tree and make it collaborative via the Family Tree group tree and family feed functionality.
Familybuilder is fast becoming the Internet's favorite social tool for people interested in genealogy and family history and is positioned to leverage the social graphs of multiple online social networks at once to help people find and communicate with relatives, build family trees, preserve family history, track family activity and more. Familybuilder's Family Tree, is the first genealogy application to be introduced on Facebook, Bebo, and MySpace. There are currently over 11 million Family Tree profiles on Facebook.
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