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Sunday, 02 December 2007


John Proffitt

At the rate things are going, Facebook will flame out faster than Friendster in terms of innovation and press coverage. They're making tons of classic mistakes and have boasted about themselves virtually since the beginning.

Though we in public media don't have the collective vision for it (it seems like we're the next newspaper industry, we're so distracted and frightened), I suspect a nonprofit model for social networking might work better. Can you trust a ravenous for-profit company born in the fires of Silicon Valley to treat you well in the end?

Google has treaded along this path pretty carefully, somehow skirting a mass uprising even though they actually have access to more information about us as users and citizens.

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