Bots are a transitional technology

Yesterday Facebook announced, as predicted, the launch of a range of tools to facilitate the development of “bots” on its Messenger platform. The argument being made far and wide is that bots are a replacement for apps which have become so numerous that their usefulness to users is plunging and most developers are no longer making […]

The power of the platform

What is the key to allowing large companies to move fast? Build great platforms. I first heard this insight being persausively argued in Mark Zuckerberg’s interview with John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly at Web 2.0 in 2010 – an age ago in internet time.  In this clip he tells how he urges his people to […]

Bringing internet access to the world

There was rather a poor article in the Observer today by John Naughton about Google and Facebook’s recent buying sprees. It wasn’t that there was anything particularly wrong with the analysis – it is just that it was lame, uncontentious and old hat. The main conclusion was that Google and Facebook’s recent purchases of drone […]

The rise of user power

All Your Sites Belong to Us contends Steve Rubel in an interesting post describing the “me” revolution. …something exceptional has happened. We now “own” the web even more than we did back then when all we simply did was create viable homegrown alternatives to big media sites. It’s an era when Facebook’s redesign was road-tested […]

Facebook backs down

The 50,000-strong protest by Facebook users against Beacon, its new advertising network has forced the site to back down, report eWeek. The service will now be opt-in, rather than opt-out. Powered by ScribeFire.

Facebook users rise up

Facebook users in their thousands have signed a petition to protest against Facebook’s new ad network Beacon. The system automatically tracks what users are buying on affiliated sites and displays the information on Facebook home pages. However, users are worried that Beacon is an opt-out not opt-in service. Forrester analyst Charlene Li has even deeper […]