I’m shocked to say the least about the recent sale of web’s one of the best products in terms of technological prowess mixed with evangelical fervour that most of us Friendfeeders shared as a community. But on the hindsight, thinking from a business perspective, somebody has to pay the bills or meet the working capital to run the day to day operations.buy valium without prescription
So my opinion is two-fold – one as an avid user and the other simply from business perspective. As an user, I didn’t quite like the idea since now the fate of Friendfeed is in doldrums and as many mocked it as FaceFeed. So may be no major innovations are coming along or any new features would be added to spruce things up like it used to be before. But from businesss aspect, I think thats the right move since Friendfeed as a social network didn’t flourish the away other networks like Twitter or Facebook flourished. Aggregate it all and it has just million users last month. So it’s for sure the $50 million rumored deal between Friendfeed & Facebook is only to get some great talent like ex-Googlers on-board to fuel up to engineering prowess of Facebook. Fair enough!buy tramadol without prescription
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But this post is less of a rant than of a seed of thought! I was wondering, going forward, seeing events like these, will we be able to trust upcoming social networks. As Jorge Escobar wrote in one of his pithy posts that after FriendFeed’s Sale, Trust In Social Sites Has Been Shattered – and I believe this is the case, truly. He also aggregated some notes from around the web, where people are posting comments, posts, news and feeds across different platforms and from that one thing is certain – most of us didn’t quite liked the idea. Some of them are below:
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1. OurDoing’s creator, Bruce Lewis, haven’t been able to sleep. He wrote about his anger on a post on his blog, which caught the attention of some of the FriendFeed execs.ambien online without prescription
2. Robert Scoble (the all-star of Friendfeed) asked “Who’s leaving FriendFeed“, only to get 500+ comments in a matter of hours. You might want to sense the things to come.tramadol online for sale
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4. There’s a movement to create a “CloneFeed“, sort of a FriendFeed clone built with the concept of being federated and Open Source.
These are some of the open conversations that people are having soon after Friendfeed took the bait from Facebook. But even though Paul Bucheit, one of FriendFeed founders promised people that he’s personally looking out for the FriendFeed community and the product but my two cents are on those statement since I believe decisions lie at the boardroom conversations wherein Mark Zuckerberg will call most of the shots and from the press release it didn’t seem like that he’s too much interested in Friendfeed as a product per se.buy valium for sale
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But going forward, can we really trust these social sites? Especially for the last few weeks, there has been lot of events which took digerati by surprise – e.g. Tr.im’s up and down, Twitter’s denial of service attacks and now this sale off. I think reading between the fine print, one thing is clear. What we are heading towards is something which is dreaded by most of us as users i.e. monopoly of some sort.buy soma online usa
Don’t count it out yet. I’m not saying the web will be monopolistic but what’s the use of having too many fragmented social webs which is dominated by one big entity. What I’m trying to reach at it this:
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Yeah, I’m not discounting Microsoft but I don’t think it can rule the no. 1 position in many consumer segment but of course the enterprise which its damn good at is truly its own turf. On similar lines, I liked what Jeremiah posted recently.
IBM is afraid of Microsoft who is afraid of Google who is afraid of Facebook who is afraid of Twitter who is afraid of whales.
One of the fall-out of what I’m trying to figure out abstractly is documents well enough by Marshall Kirkpatrick of RWW in one his last post – Is a Perfect Storm Forming For Distributed Social Networking?
So what do you think? Do we share similar thoughts or else. Like to hear from you guys!