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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s future, competition with Google

November 19th, 2010

Photo by Ben Saren

In case you missed the in-depth interview Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle from Federated Media did with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, I’ve included the entire sit-down video here.

The interview took place at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Fran and Zuckerberg doesn’t disappoint. He’s more calm in this interview than I’ve seen him before, and he gets lobbed some serious questions (such as when is Facebook going to launch an ad network to compete with AdSense across the Web?).

If you have an hour to spare, Zuckerberg dishes out a lot of info about the new Messages product, he disclosed the company has 250 million active users each day, and he addresses competition with Google.

Check it out:

Facebook passes 500 million user milestone

July 21st, 2010

It’s official: Facebook has announced it has reached the half-billion member milestone. The news has been expected for some time now, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it official in a blog post today.

According to the post made on Facebook’s corporate blog today, Facebook now has 500 million people around the world who are actively using the site. “This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world,” said Zuckerberg in the post. “Now a lot more people have the opportunity to stay connected with the people they care about.”

In February, Facebook announced it had about 400 million members. Since then it has added between 20 and 25 million users per month to reach today’s milestone. In the last 18 months, Facebook has tripled in size.

As a way to mark the milestone, Zuckerberg launched a site called Facebook Stories. Users can upload their thoughts on how the service has affected their lives. It also boasts a message of thanks from Facebook employees. Facebook Stories can be categorized by themes and locations around the world.

“Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Stories like these are examples of that mission and are both humbling and inspiring. I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started six years ago.”

Facebook’s rise to 500 million users has not been without ups and downs. The company has been repeatedly slammed for the way its handled privacy features; Zuckerberg was criticized for reportedly calling early users who trusted Facebook with their data “dumb f**cks”; its faced countless lawsuits (here’s the most recent); a few books have been written on the company (here’s an excerpt); the story of Facebook is being made into a movie to be released in the fall (here’s the trailer); and Facebook isn’t doing well as far as customer satisfaction goes, a new survey reports.

For all the bad press, Facebook has earned a lot of great publicity as well. It recently launched a slew of social features that will redefine the Web, and media organizations have flocked to facebook’s social and sharing features as a way to increase their exposure.

Ending his blog post announcement on the 500-million mark, Zuckerberg writes, “I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.”

To show its appreciation to users, Facebook put together this thank-you card.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dodges privacy questions at D8

June 3rd, 2010
Facebook has been publicly flogged recently over how it treats privacy; the company has been accused of making settings too difficult to understand. Yesterday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at D8 where he talked privacy, but dodged questions.

The privacy issue has been a PR disaster for Facebook, prompting it to once again launch newer and simpler privacy settings. Some people have gone so far as to stage public walk-outs on the popular social sharing site, quitting Facebook over what they say are unethical business practices.

To discuss the privacy issue, the 26-year-old Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference (D8).

During the sit-down discussion, D8 creators and executive producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher grilled Zuckerberg on his company’s stance and the public’s reaction to changes in privacy settings. They asked Zuckerberg if Facebook was violating its members’ expectation of privacy and if it’s pushing them to overshare. Zuckerberg also faced criticism about forcing users to opt-out of the company’s instant personalization feature (rather than opt-in).

While some give the wunderkind credit for having the nerve to face critical press on an issue that has bruised the company, others point out Zuckerberg was sweating bullets and avoided giving any straight-forward answers.

See for yourself in this video coverage from D8:

The Great Facebook Departure? High-profile bloggers ditch the world’s largest social network

May 12th, 2010

Today I stumbled upon a very interesting post about high-profile individuals leaving Facebook en masse. According to ReadWriteWeb, tech guru Leo Laporte announced he has closed his Facebook account. He’s also gone one step further and donated cash to Diaspora, an alternative social network to Facebook (more on Diaspora on RWW here).

Laporte’s departure from the world’s biggest social network comes on the heels of a public Facebook flogging from entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. Calacanis posted a blog entry that slammed Facebook, calling it a “monster.” He writes:

Over the past month, Mark Zuckerberg, the hottest new card player in town, has overplayed his hand. Facebook is officially “out,” as in uncool, amongst partners, parents and pundits all coming to the realization that Zuckerberg and his company are–simply put–not trustworthy.

Calacanis advocates for an open social network and encourages users to ditch Facebook, and publicly lashes out at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

Zuckerberg represents the best and worst aspects of entrepreneurship. His drive, skill and fearlessness are only matched by his long record–recorded in lawsuit after lawsuit–of backstabbing, stealing and cheating.

Despite the long kill piece, RWW points out Calacanis himself has not yet canceled his own Facebook account.

There are more people also joining the ranks of The Great Facebook Departure; Peter Rojas, co-founder of Engadget and Gizmodo also said he was closing his Facebook account. Making the announcement on Twitter, Rojas said “The issue is that users should have real control over what is shared, that’s all. FB keeps taking that away.”

In addition to Rojas, a number of Google engineers left Facebook after the company’s f8 conference. As TechCrunch reports, the head of the webspam team at Google, Matt Cutts, has not technically left but deactivated his Facebook account.

Despite a few high-profile exits, Facebook continues to grow. The site says it has 400 million registered members and 50 percent of the active users log in to the site every day.

Finally, as RWW notes:

Deactivating or deleting your Facebook account is a fairly drastic step for a self-promoter to take, and it’s not clear where these people were when OpenID and the movement for distributed social networking had their biggest pushes over the last several years. But now the chorus of Facebook critics is getting very loud.

RWW also offers a look into what a Facebook alternative could look like (read it here).

What do you think? Have Facebook’s privacy issues caused you to close your account?