I read this article in VentureBeat about folks at Facebook now dismissing Twitter:
“Twitter is a great company,” said Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s vice president of growth, mobile and international expansion in an interview yesterday. “What they do is offer a way to publish information in a very consumable, public way.”
But, he continued, “they’re in the rear-view mirror.”
“To focus on a company with 40 million users that is not growing is not a good idea,” he said, citing Hitwise market share data as evidence of Twitter’s slowdown.
Arrogance. Then there’s the discussion about how Facebook sees itself as the future “start page for the Internet”:
“There are three people ahead of us,” Palihapitiya said, referring to those three companies. Of those, he said Google looms largest. That’s because Google now dominates the primary way most people start looking for information — with a search engine, which they use to then browse the web. Facebook, Palihapitiya says, envisions a future where people consume information in a very different way: You start at Facebook, and consume information largely upon recommendation from your friends or via other social filters.
Many people may feel differently, but in my view Facebook is mostly about entertainment and light (not serious) communication. (Adding Skype-like voice capability would make it more useful.) Google by contrast remains extremely useful and accomplishes many tasks through a single simple interface. For that reason, I’m quite far away from substituting Facebook for Google. Many things would need to change first:
- Make FB more recommendations friendly than it is now
- Make Web search better (still a missed opportunity for both FB and MSFT)
- Integrate site/network search and Web search. They’re separate currently
Notwithstanding Facebook Lite, Facebook itself remains unwieldy as a tool to get things done.