Mark Zuckerberg, May 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The other day a Wall Street analyst made an ass of himself by publicly suggesting that Mark Zuckerberg was immature because he didn't wear a tie on his pre-IPO road shows. Because clearly what you wear is indicative of how ready you are to run a publicly traded company or how powerful your ideas are to change the entire world as Zuckerberg's have.
Note the reference to the 1970 song, Signs at the beginning of the piece. How many of your remember that one?
You've probably heard the CISPA acronym by now, but you may not be familiar with what it is and why industry insiders are not as hotly against it as they were SOPA/PIPA. Mostly because SOPA/PIPA was against everybody's rights, but this bill sweetens the pot you see for industry by giving them permission to collect data about you (and everyone wants your data, especially if it's government sanctioned to take it) -- all under the auspices of "national security." What could be better than that?
Have a look and learn what this is about because it appears to be just as insidious as SOPA/PIPA, but Facebook and Google and aren't speaking out against it this time. That means you and I have to do the heavy lifting if we want it to fail.
It is worth noting that the White House has said, President Obama will veto this legislation as written if it makes it to his desk.
This is an interesting story. When faced with a monumental monitoring task with a huge data set (big data probably isn't an adequate term), Facebook engineers developed a tool to help them monitor and keep up with the data in real time -- and most importantly help them understand why they were seeing whatever performance problems they were detecting.
Facebook's current search tool is awful. Instead of trying to conquer web search, it would be better off making it easier to find your friends and content you have previously posted -- and leave web search to Google.
What's happening right now on Wall Street echoes in many ways what happened last Spring in Egypt, especially the way that social media is driving the movement, even while internal mainstream traditional media ignores it.
Facebook is a hangout, while Google tends to be a tool box you use as needed, so comparing the amount of time spent on each site (or sites in Google's case) is not exactly a fair comparison in my view, especially when you consider that Facebook's income remains a fraction of Google's, and that's the most important number.