Students to Facebook: More turnkey online 'protest petitions'?

Students to Facebook: More turnkey online 'protest petitions'?

Summary: What will the "principled," but non-paying users of Facebook do now that it is abundantly clear that they are not "in control?"


DMM91206BR.jpgIn "Web 2.0 'users in control': Of who, and to what means?" I "predicted" that Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg would continue undeterred in his mission to make Facebook more useful to users and more attractive to business partners.

I also cited Facebook's recent business development deals (see links below) as further indication that Zuckerberg is firmly in control of Facebook's destiny.

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For Zuckerberg, the Facebook destiny has become highly commercial. To grow usage, Facebook is abandoning its "elitist" academic and professional domain holders only stance and leting any anonymous hotmail citizen in on social networking nirvana (see Facebook to students: Zuckerberg and VCs are 'in control' ).

What will the "principled," but non-paying, student users of Facebook do now that it is abundantly clear that they are not "in control"?

Will Facebook users spark another round of turnkey online "protest petitions"? In "Facebook 'activism': how about a greater good?" I put forth that Facebook students' effortless "activism" is not meaningful:

In the 1960’s, students marched in the face of police armed force to stop the bombing of people; in 2006, students click a computer mouse to stop text “bombardments” of personal vanity homepages.

What is the mighty Facebook “uprising”? It is an online gossip fest about the right to gossip online, for free.

Will Facebook users show some initiative and creativity of their own and buld a better online social networking mousetrap? In "Homework for Facebook students: hack your own social network!" I challenge Facebook students to follow in Zuckerberg's footsteps and create an even cooler app:

There seems to be a simple solution: the thousands of unhappy, non-paying users of Facebook can take Paul Graham, YCombinator, up on his Web 2.0 start-up advice and use their allowance pools to hack an online social networking cool app more to their liking!

Paul Graham says "not to sweat the business model" and angel finances teams of twenty something hackers with scant more than a three month “allowance."

I even offered a handy slogan to rally the Facebookers: FACEBOOK STUDENTS UNITE: STOP YACKING AND START HACKING!

Or, will Facebook users simply realize that maybe actual face time is not so bad and do their social networking the old fashioned, but real, way: over lunch at the frat house, over books at the library, over beer at a bar... 

Topic: Social Enterprise

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    Let's see: 9 million clients - all students and professors; assume a majority are students... say only 7 million students in the heart of Madison Avenue's hardest-to-reach demographic - all of whom signed up for a social networking service that offered some modicum of privacy - were abandoned without prior notice or an opt-out opportunity? now need a similar, semi-private communication forum leveraged soley on ad revenues. Is anyone out there listening? Google, Yahoo, MS? Electronic Arts (now there's a synergistic pairing)? A million or so of these customers sound annoyed enough that they'd walk for a one-off with enhanced security options. A million. I rather suspect this issue won't remain a problem very long... But Zuckerberg and the VC's won't give a toot; they'll sign up another 10 million new clients - and many of those who bail won't terminate their Facebook subscriptions. Win-Win-Win. But who will grab the business - old blood or new?
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