Reporting for work at Microsoft: Mark Zuckerberg? Facebook’s co-founder and CEO said it could very well have happened if the social network hadn’t taken off, and his conversation with Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham at Stanford University’s Memorial Hall Saturday touched on several other topics, including the future of sharing, MySpace, and advice for startups.
Many people may have scoffed when MySpace announced a rebirth, but could the music-based site chip away at Facebook’s stranglehold on social media? That’s what USA Today is wondering, noting that as Facebook grows and becomes more general, niche sites such as Pheed and CyPop could become more popular, as well.
Justin Timberlake is bringing MySpace back, as the singer/actor was featured in a promotional video for the former top social network, but it’s a cameo by the Facebook logo that may raise eyebrows, as well. Details haven’t been released yet, but it appears that the new MySpace will continue to have some kind of Facebook integration.
Facebook is by far the top social network in terms of adoption by small and midsized businesses (SMBs), but its prospects for growth in that sector are dim, as it may have reached a point of saturation, according to the results of a survey of decision-makers at 400 SMBs by cloud marketing software provider Vocus and Duct Tape Marketing.
The words “back to school” make some kids even more unhappy than others, as returning to the classroom often coincides with returning to being the victim of bullying, and a recent study by McAfee found that Facebook is the most prominent vehicle of the cyber form of such behavior.
As a group of high school students is currently discovering, it doesn’t suck to work at Facebook. USA Today recently compared the perks of Facebook with those of Zynga and Google, as all three companies make sure offices are posh enough to attract the top talent.
While we may seem happy on Facebook, liking pages on a daily basis and posting inspirational photos, does the social network really bring us joy? That’s what researchers from San Diego State University and the University of Georgia wanted to find out. They believe that Facebook might be making us feel better about ourselves.
Facebook’s initial public offering is a milestone in the evolution of not only social media, but media itself. Fairly or unfairly, Facebook is the lightning rod, the proxy, for the broader discussion about how fast consumer behavior is changing through our increasingly frictionless ability to share and socialize.
The list of casualties of Facebook’s staggering initial public offering now includes Facebook’s position on the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, as it fell to fifth place in the social networking category, after holding the top spot in February.
We admit to going ape-wild at the sight of our belovedly snarky, smart, sharp New York magazine taking a stab at telling the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s transcendence as boy-man co-founder and chief executive officer of the company he started and wrote the initial code for in 2005.