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I think this argument has some merit. But Facebook has evolved to the way it is by design - it wants to straddle the public and private conversation market with ONE user interface. What you call private and public, I refer to as "conversation networks" versus "content networks" in A content network is something like Twitter, Flickr or Yelp - geared towards public communication where the goal is to let the best content surface to the top. A conversation network is something like email or IM which is about private, intimate conversations. This is how most people use Facebook - this is how Facebook started out. Typically, companies fail when they try to straddle both use cases (think Google Buzz and Gmail). But Facebook seems to have found a way to straddle both words. I, for one, am impressed. But this means it isn't good at either space - but you know what, it doesn't need to be. It needs to be "good enough" in both use cases, which it seems to be! is now following The Typepad Team
Nov 1, 2010