Facebook Blows Smoke

Posted Monday, May 21, 2012 in Social Media by Peter Horne

As Facebook becomes a listed company, I could not let it pass without writing something. I find my response to Facebook most intriguing; I just can’t like Facebook.

If I look back at the major tech companies that I have followed for the last 20 years; Sun was a creative company run by engineers who couldn’t manage their way out of a wet paper bag.

Oracle is a well managed company run by an aggressive business man that couldn’t create a wet paper bag.

Microsoft was always the unimaginative opportunist who saw a good idea and was able to copy it and muscle in to a market; today they are still unimaginative but also seem to have lost their knack of being able to copy and dominate a market.

IBM has always been there and claimed the beach head by being first. Even though they are big and slow, they still have the advantage of their heritage; and the mainframe clients who are still stuck on the beach head with them.

Google was started by some super smart nerds who proved that super smart ideas work, while also proving that super smart nerds can’t manage their way out of a wet paper bag. Funny how their Chairman/xCEO is also from Sun.

And then there is Apple; the company that redefined the world of technology as being in the realm of art.

Each of these companies, whether you love them or loathe them, have a personality. Nerd, opportunist, aggressive, creative, first, artist. These are respectable adjectives.

But what about Facebook? A stolen idea implemented by a script bunny that takes our relationships and makes money out of them by putting ads on the right hand side of the screen and selling our data.

I just can’t love Facebook. I can’t even like Facebook. In fact the more I understand what they are doing, the more I hate Facebook. They have the morals of a tobacco company – they make their money because they can regardless of how they do it.

Now there are a 100BN reminders of why we all need to quit inhaling their smoke.


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