gotta get some work done this morning, but a few quick hits on my favorite fanboy topic Facebook:
Facebook: For Business? Damn Straight.
(photo credit: Bryan Veloso)
PRO: As a contrast to the above, great post on "Facebook is the Online Hub for Connected Professionals" by Brian Solis on PR 2.0. his analysis of the recent shift -- no, rather the SEA CHANGE -- in social networking connection behavior by notable bloggers & other geeks & tech business folks is right on target. i'm a perfect example, as are many others in the conversation. (update: Allen Stern also has a good take on this topic)
Facebook isn't the only example of new communication tools & services being used for both personal & business productivity by business-oriented geeks & other professionals -- Twitter is another notable one, altho these days i'd probably prefer to pipe out my Facebook status updates to Twitter -- but Facebook is certainly the most visible online service causing macro-level changes in human behavior.
HELP! My Inbox
has Fallen is FULL, and I Can't Get [Caught] Up!
I've also been following Scoble's twitters this morning about how email isn't working for him, and his preference for open / scalable communication via Twitter, Facebook, and blogging in general. really interesting perspective worth considering. don't think i'll kill my inbox just yet, but i agree with him my inbox sure as hell is killing me.
(and apologies to anyone i haven't gotten back to using that medium... i know i'm fucking that up pretty bad right now. sorry mom :)
UPDATE: it appears not just Scott Karp. but Scott Gilbertson @ Wired is also full of shit on this topic. sheesh guys, get a friggin clue -- if we haven't learned this from every goddamn open standards war over the past 20 years:
OPEN is NOT Better... BETTER is Better.
as i've said before, Facebook is not AOL / gated community. however even if it were, it doesn't mean that an open, non-gated, barren fucking desert is preferable to a lush & pleasant gated community full of lots of good food, drink and all of my friends.
same argument as to why i'm not sold on OpenID yet either... the UI sucks, and until it doesn't my grandmother is not going to be able to figure that shit out anytime soon. in the meantime, Google, Yahoo, & Facebook all have proprietary auth systems that are widely used by millions of consumers and are all available for use on external 3rd-party sites... any of which would be a better choice imho than using OpenID (sorry Kaliya, that's how i feel). I would advise ALL of the startups i work with (consulting, advisory, investment) to use a BETTER proprietary auth system over a LESSER open auth system... because it's BETTER. not because it's OPEN.
"...most of Facebook's traditional users (like my two daughters) don't care their data is locked up in Facebook."
right on target Fred.
to summarize: i'll switch from a "closed" to an "open" social networking system / internet platform not when it's OPEN, but rather when it's BETTER.
it's that goddamn simple.
all you folks who love Open for open's sake: go use lynx, and pound salt.