Facebook is the New AOL

Jason Kottke expresses the concern a growing number of people are having about Facebook:

“As it happens, we already have a platform on which anyone can communicate and collaborate with anyone else, individuals and companies can develop applications which can interoperate with one another through open and freely available tools, protocols, and interfaces. It’s called the internet and it’s more compelling than AOL was in 1994 and Facebook in 2007.”

Facebook has “thrown the entire startup world for a loop”

Valleywag speculates that the market for Facebook applications may already be saturated. They also explain how some changes in the platform are preventing new applications from going as viral as those that were available on launch.

Not Another Socnet

Joe Mansour makes the argument against Presidential candidate’s building their own social networks online:

“Most of the people who will make a profile will be the hardcore activists who already have a profile on Facebook. Furthermore, the work they’re doing to create content on the campaign’s own little internal socnet isn’t reaching anyone beyond the gated community….These in-house socnets, like Clinton’s, suck energy, time and resources away from where activists should be focused: reaching out to undecided, or as yet unengaged voters, and instead channel the focus inward. In effect the campaign is connecting with itself.”

MSNBC Launches Newsbreaker Online Game

Rohit Bhargava, who is a great blogger and a very smart guy, really likes it. I think it is pointless.

About the Author
Todd Zeigler
Todd Zeigler serves as the Brick Factory’s chief strategist and oversees the operations of the firm. In his sixteen year career in digital, he has planned and implemented campaigns for clients including the Pickens Plan, International Youth Foundation, Panthera, Edison Electric Institute, and the American Chemistry Council. Todd develops ambitious online advocacy programs, manages crises, implements online marketing strategies, and develops custom applications and software. He is bad at golf though.