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  • 89lp63 6:48 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , google, is google, question, zuckerberg   

    Zuckerberg answers the big question “Is Google+ a threat?” 

    The BBC aired a one hour profile of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday (if you’re in the UK, you can watch it here). All in all, most of you will have heard every detail shared before; aside from perhaps one question, does Mark Zuckerberg really see Google+ as a threat?

    Amplify’d from thenextweb.com
    The question was met with a wry smile that almost dismissed the question before he’d answered it but thankfully he continued:

    “Yeah Google’s a great company and I think we want to look at and learn from everything that they do. But at the same time, people have shared a lot on Facebook and have already told a lot of their life story on Facebook. And we think that we have by far better tools for doing that.”

    As far as we’re aware this is the first acknowledgement of Google+’s potential threat, aside from his brief mention of Google’s “little Facebook.”

    Zuckerberg will almost certainly be paying attention to Google+ because irrespective of how Google wants to market it, Google+ is a director competitor to Facebook. And with Google continuing to plough resources into Google+, user figures are growing, time on site is growing, features are being added on a weekly basis, and it has a backing of a company with deep pockets of cash and plenty of places to direct traffic to it; the next couple of years could see dramatic changes in the way we communicate.

    Read more at thenextweb.com


  • 89lp63 8:28 am on December 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , facebook timeline, new zealand, timeline, zuckerberg   

    The New Facebook Is Finally Public! …In New Zealand. 

    We reviewed Facebook Timeline, the awesomely personal, beautifully designed new profile, in September. September. Facebook said it’d be open to everyone soon after. Clearly, that hasn’t happened—but the wait is over! If you live in New Zealand. What?

    Amplify’d from gizmodo.com

    As someone who uses Timeline daily, I’m without an explanation for why Facebook is holding out on us. There are occasional bugs, but no more than has been the case with any other Facebook feature. When I’ve asked Facebook engineers about the delay, they clam up and say Timeline will go public when “Zuckerberg is ready.”

    Ah, of course, the supreme leader. Perhaps too busy cooking up mediocre chicken nuggets to preside over the most important launch Facebook’s had in years, Timeline lies fallow, enjoyed only by those willing to go through the convoluted developer loophole. But! A glimmer of hope, bounced off the small, sparsely populated island nation of New Zealand:

    Starting today, we are making Timeline more widely available as we measure speed and other types of performance. We’ll begin by making it available to people in New Zealand and then roll it out more broadly in the near future.

    New Zealand. Okay. No disrespect to our kiwi friends, but other than Zuckerberg throwing a chicken grease-coated dart at a map, I can’t imagine the rationale here. If Facebook wants a beta, run a proper beta program. If Facebook thinks Timeline is ready to go public, give it to the world—not a tiny sliver of the Facebook-using population.

    Timeline is either ready or it’s not—and if the former, then not just for New Zealand. The rest of the world is starting to forget what it’s even waiting for. [Facebook via AllThingsD]

    Read more at gizmodo.com


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