I think Poke is a better app, but Facebook clearly stole this from Snapchat.
I think Poke is a better app, but Facebook clearly stole this from Snapchat.
Seriously disappointed by a few of the people on this list, but really not very surprised.
A whole new world. My latest column for Betabeat.
The world’s most expensive house of cards… digital cards…
So Facebook had nearly double the profits of Amazon in 2011…— MG Siegler (@parislemon) February 1, 2012
Facebook revenue and profit are both about about 1/10th that of Google (which went public 7.5 years ago). They. Are. Coming.— MG Siegler (@parislemon) February 1, 2012
Facebook has more profit than Google had revenue when they went public.— MG Siegler (@parislemon) February 1, 2012
Google had $961.8 million in rev and $105.6 million in profit when they went public. At same point, Facebook is a refined profit machine.— MG Siegler (@parislemon) February 1, 2012
I certainly don’t love everything about Facebook, but there’s no denying that it’s an impressive company — one of the most impressive ever built. You have to respect the fact that they have no fear when it comes to completely changing their product on the fly. Most companies would not have the balls to do half of what Facebook has done over the past few years from a position of power. That alone is why I’ve been bullish on Facebook for a long time.
Obviously, the entire Internet is creaming itself over S-1 filing right now. But I actually don’t think it’s unjustified. When you consider the Google numbers listed above, it’s exciting to think that we’re entering a new era of growth and prosperity for technology companies. It’s exciting not just for Facebook, but for everyone in this space.
The cynics will say these good times won’t last. And they’ll ultimately be right because well, nothing lasts forever. But as the Internet and technology in general continues to be intertwined into the lives of every person on this planet, I can’t help but think this is all just the start of something that we can’t even fathom right now.
Timeline Movie Creator
Project created with both Facebook and Definition 6, taking your photos and other shares and putting them into a visual moving archive.
You need to have activated the Timeline feature (and at least 75 photos uploaded).
The Next Web has a better analysis of the app, which you can read here
Day 67 of the Google Search+ (Antitrust+) debacle. Today brings a few new entrants, notably Harvard professor and security expert Ben Edelman who argues (yet again) that Google is unfairly pumping their own products. Also joining the discussion is my CrunchFund partner Michael Arrington.
Michael and I don’t always see eye-to-eye on things (see: Android vs. iPhone — though note, for the record, that we’re now both happy iPhone users). But here I mainly agree with his premise that Google shoving Google+ into Search isn’t insane or evil, it was inevitable. Further, he cites Microsoft’s IE antitrust case as precedent for why these arguments now won’t really matter in the long run.
I agree. Google is going to face legal scrutiny over their actions, likely sooner rather than later. But at best, this will drag on for years and end with Google getting a slap on the wrist (though in Europe it may be more like a punch in the stomach). The end will still justify the means — Google will be better positioned to compete with Facebook as a result of their actions.
But that doesn’t make them right.
Given my post last night, this will probably sound like piling on. But I’m sorry, it’s the first thing that comes to mind. I don’t see how it can’t.
How on Earth is Google going to avoid antitrust inquiries with their new Search+ features announced today? If Facebook, Twitter, etc, have any decent presence in DC, the ball began rolling a few hours ago.
This is the type of case that Senators die for. Google wrapped it in a bow and placed it in one of their laps.
Most of the broader antitrust concerns against Google are bullshit in my opinion. You can argue that they have a monopoly on search, but it’s a natural one. They’ve earned it. They’re simply better at search than their competitors. This has always been true. It remains true.
But when they use that natural monopoly to start pushing into other verticals, things get gray. Travel, restaurant reviews, etc, etc. We see more of it each year.
I’m the only one with the Facebook Platinum.
You might like this comment from the YouTube page (linked in the article, and here).
FUCK FACEBOOK, TUMBLR RULES !!! :D
Nice, RezhwScene. ;D
What’s the good being done here?
This rubs me the wrong way. It seems like another group of white men telling me what’s best for me.
“One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.”
No thanks. I didn’t ask to be “saved” from a website I voluntarily visit.
“It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false.”
Also no. Their privacy settings are terrible, sure, but it’s not rape or molestation. And YOU aren’t giving Facebook users a choice either. Anonymous is essentially saying, “Here’s what’s going to happen, you have no say in the matter, it’s for your own good, you’ll thank us one day.” Actually, I have the choice to use Facebook or not, and you’re taking that away from me.
Yes, Facebook is terrible. But so is telling people “what’s best for them” and taking control of a social media hub that many people use just to keep in touch with family and friends.
If you want to hack Facebook and change the privacy settings or make it possible to delete your profile and personal data, go right ahead. But don’t delete a whole site used by millions of people and pretend you’re doing them a favor.
First of all.
How do you know who anonymous is? Assuming they are a bunch of white men is presumptuous and arrogant. It sounds like you associated a group a white men with something that rubbed you the wrong way. That type of association is never good in any context, but I understand your hesitation on this subject.
Anonymous is a global community of vigilantly hackers who have vowed to protect the world and the Internet at any costs. Very few people agree with there methods, me being one of them, but few cannot debate their effectiveness.
The two big issues they tackle tend to be security (or antisec) and free speech rights around the world. They were responsible for taking down multiple websites as a way of protesting. Apparently they have decided that facebook needs to learn about proper privacy settings by taking them down.
This is much less about telling people what is best for them (this is best for them) and more about telling facebook to improve their privacy settings.
With these braces on, i feel half like a ninja and half like someone who suffers from several severe mental handicaps. I guess both of those are about half-true. Carpal-Tunnel-FTW.
For mother’s day I did a lot of deep cleaning in the house to help my mom out. She really appreciated it as it was one of those, ‘once a year’ type deep cleans, but it really wore me out. I’m exhausted and achey. Not looking forward to Monday tomorrow.
I also think my headaches may have more to do with my monitor and computer related eye strain then I had previously thought. Need to get some gunnar’s and probably get my eyes checked while I’m at it.
Oh, I also started using facebook insights on my personal website, if it works out nice, I’ll start using that on all future sites. Do me a huge favor and just click this link to my personal website (or if you really love me, reblog it or something, but it doesn’t matter much if you do) http://justinherrick.com/
I guess thats all :3