The Facebook Effect

Friday, August 20, 2010


In late July, Facebook reached another milestone, surpassing 500 million users. In reporting his recent book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World, David Kirkpatrick received unprecedented access to the company and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He says that, in addition to other factors, Facebook’s founders succeeded largely because of their unique vision.

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Kevin from The World

One thing I find annoying in the media is what, in other circumstances, I might call the "knob slobbing" of the principals. You see this, for example, in Charlie Rose interviews with the CEOs of tech companies.

Facebook's corporate history is lengthy at this point, so you don't want to cherrypick too much, but we know it was born illegitimately and paid a settlement over this and we know it has a record of re-setting privacy settings repeatedly to expose more information via the web and its ad platform (promotion and applications). If a non-tech company run by a 26 year old had done these things would otherwise-serious journalists say things like (paraphrasing) "They're trying to change the world" or "I didn't want to write about these well-known problems, I wanted to capture the vibe around the company or the like?

I work in the industry, so I guess I don't see the purported revolution. I see a marketing company with a good PR operation and grown people mystified by bulls**t.

Aug. 23 2010 04:22 AM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

I dunno, people in my family use it. They find I lack their discretion but, other than helping Budweiser and Dichello Distributors push too much free beer to Yale students in the early '80s, there's not much you find about me there of which I'm ashamed, and that's not covered, there.

I know about a hundred people, spread not only across the country but across the globe, that I am fairly confident I can reach, easily - if not in a status report, then a message that makes it more accessible than my email folder. Most aren't even in it. By extension, I could easily expand that group by hundreds and hundreds, so many of my friends friends are actually old friends to whom I have been too lazy to reach out.

Six degrees of separation has certainly shrunk and I found several days ago that I have a follower of my tweets to C-SPAN's Washington Journal in Iran, who says they are a Green.

Aug. 23 2010 01:17 AM

Facebook is the creepiest, most obnoxious website ever, always pushing for more informatation, and they refuse to delete my account Four weeks ago, I requested to delete my account. It was supposed to be done in two weeks. So four weeks later, I tried logging in to see if my account had been deleted, and I found that my account was still there, but I got a message informing me that it's to be deleted... in another two weeks!

Aug. 22 2010 12:22 PM

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