Posts Tagged “Facebook”

Facebook blackout

by Carl. 0 Comments

A Facebook group calls for a one day Facebook blackout on december 15th. This group has a quite strong momentum as it is reaching 900.000 members, 700.000 members planning to “attend”.

Why? A protest against the Facebook administrators: “Friends account deleted, limited in sending message or poking, stupid new layout”.

How many members will this group reach? Is a one day really relevant? Will this change any thing?

Probably not as it looks more as many other groups creating a short term buzz.

Facebook in real life

by Carl. 0 Comments

Poke, Write on your wall, Show picture to everybody, etc.. Would we accept in the real life what we accept on Facebook? Probably not, have a look at this brilliant video from the BBC Three show ‘The Wall’…

What makes sense in Microsoft taking shares in Facebook?

by Carl. 0 Comments

Everybody now heard and read about Microsoft’s decision to take 1.6 % of Facebook. A 240 M$ deal. Not so bad. But what does this mean?

The official answer is that Microsoft will be Facebook’s exclusive advertising company. Is that truly worth 240 M$?

There probably more behind this.

What will this mean for Microsoft’s Live Spaces? It would not be the first time that creativity comes from acquisitions. Look at Yahoo! recent decision to drop Yahoo! Photos for Flickr which they bought two years earlier.

More, on the operating systems topic, many people say that Microsoft’s Vista could probably be Microsoft’s last operating system and that the future will be to Web based operating systems. Could this step be seen as a way for Microsoft to acknowledge this and a move to a future answer to the Google’s Google Aps initiative?

Obviously there is far more behind this move, probably a first step for the necessary future move for Microsoft to go for more online business, but it is too early to say in an ever changing world. Many open questions but a good topic to follow up.