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ThePrairiePrankster
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ThePrairiePrankster,
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6/7/2012 | 8:52:03 PM
re: The Second Coming Of Facebook
The title of this post already demonstrates that whistling in the dark about facebook's value is just another waste of time. Clearly, the mobile space is a disaster for facebook, poor apps with lousy performance and the screen space for ads is miniscule. Smart TV is the savior of facebook? It will be interesting to see this play out. However, I don't care what my friend listens to on spotify, why would I care what TV show they are watching or what crappy zynga game they are suckered into paying for? My taste in music and video entertainment is not the same as most of my friends. My sense among the few remaining friends of mine who still have a facebook presence is that apathy has taken hold and it will be interesting to see if the tsunami of indifference towards facebook can ever be reversed. It's not a cool place to hang when your parents and grandparents are watching. Good luck to one and all.
Deb Donston-Miller
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Deb Donston-Miller,
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6/7/2012 | 6:23:41 PM
re: The Second Coming Of Facebook
I totally agree. Facebook is not going anywhere.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
RobHewson
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RobHewson,
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6/1/2012 | 12:22:55 PM
re: The Second Coming Of Facebook
I think you're right about the IPO being a mindset-crrection; beforehand people were probably far too optimistic about Facebook's potential. My main point is that all the doom and gloom in the wake of the IPO is a bit one sided and excessive, so I was trying to put forward an alternative perspective. Maybe the skepticism will turn out to be justified, but equally Facebook could reveal some ground-breaking plans in the future which completely transform expectations. Mark Zuckerberg won't be resting on his laurels, he will be looking at future technologies and upcoming platforms for opportunities to make a game changing move.

Smart TV is one avenue I imagine they could explore, but there will no doubt be others. I just think we should broaden our horizons and be a little more imaginative about the future before panicking and writing Facebook off.

Deb Donston-Miller
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Deb Donston-Miller,
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6/1/2012 | 2:14:49 AM
re: The Second Coming Of Facebook
I think that the IPO was a mindset-correction of sorts--people got right with their thinking about what Facebook is and could be. That's not to say that it doesn't have huge potential, because it does. I think that the idea that its second coming is imminent is astute, and I think Facebook getting involved in some smart-TV-like venture makes sense. It does seem like it needs to break out and become part of something bigger. I think to some extent Facebook is a walled garden right now.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
AJohnTurner
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AJohnTurner,
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5/31/2012 | 9:07:49 PM
re: The Second Coming Of Facebook
I think David Whighton has the right idea: Facebook isn't important enough to waste time over. It could success or it couldn't, who cares? It is neither the linchpin to Internet use that it trumpets itself nor the key to human potential that Zuckerberg apocryphally maintains it to be.

No, it is the ":haunted amusement park" that Saturday Night Live once accused MySpace of being: a vacuous environment devoid of enrichment to the majority of users, a time-sucking toy pushed on the unwary, another grow-or-die enterprise due to smother itself once it reaches the edges of its host infrastructure and has nowhere left to turn.

Smart TV now, _that's_ got potential :-)


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