Saturday, January 16, 2010

AT&T strikes again

This time, a routing error sent cell users into the wrong Facebook accounts.  Oops.

After typing into her Nokia smart phone, Candace Sawyer was taken into the site without being asked for her user name or password. She was in an account that didn’t look like hers. She had fewer friend requests than she remembered. Then she found a picture of the page’s owner.

“He’s white — I’m not,” she said with a laugh.

Well, yes, that would be a sign you’re on the wrong page.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

They had the breast of intentions, for sure

It’s 2010, and we’re on permanent info-overload with the zillion social networks competing for your attention. There’s always a new kerfluffle with The Facebook, the most popular thing in the history of the world. This week, it’s “update the color of the bra you’re wearing.” It supposedly has something to do with promoting breast cancer awareness, which is of course a positive thing to do. I just don’t see the connection. As that article accurately mentions, “Because of the lack of context, this latest awareness effort is nothing more than innocuous titillation.  Were Facebookers thinking more about breasts or the cancer that plagues them?”

Monday, January 4, 2010

Facebook’s new look

Mr. Arrington at TechCrunch is here to speak about the new redesign for FB.  Doesn’t appear to be anything radical.  Yawn.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Wanna nuke yourself from social media sites?

There’s an app for that.  Sorta.

web 2.0 suicide machine promotion from moddr_ on Vimeo.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Facebook is inevitable ….

Farhad Manjoo writes the public has annointed Facebook the new Borg.

And he means that in a good way. Sorta. Resistance is useless. Perhaps this is the direction Microsoft will go when its old model fades to virtual dust, they do have a stake in this company, and this babealicious whip

is all but the heir apparent after Zuckerface is given the ol’ heave-ho. The new face of evil may not be Google after all folks. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Zuckster pumped for new Facebook movie?

So apparently there’s a Facebook movie in the works.  Who knew?  Anyway, this story says that Facebook founder/wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg loves the NBC show “The West Wing” which wrapped a few years back.  It was created by the same bigwig who’s doing the Facebook movie.  The movie is based on a book that paints Zuckerberg and team in a “Less-than-favorable light.”  But maybe given his West Wing enthusiasm, Z-Man will come around.  mark_zuckerberg_366355

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Word To The Wise

If you’re scamming your employer and insurance company, think twice before posting to Facebook. Or at least learn how to use the privacy functions. If you can find them, goddammit!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Great news for Zuckerberg

His old pals at Harvard, those Winklevoss kids who’ve been suing him and claiming he stole their code to make Facebook, now have hired Boies, Schiller to represent them. That’s right. David Boies. The same legal wizard who blew the antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft; blew it for Al Gore during the 2000 election; defended Enron’s Andrew Fastow, who is now in prison; represented SCO Group in its failed lawsuit against IBM; and held Napster’s hand while the RIAA sued it into oblivion. Yup. This is one sharp legal mind.

I was just talking to Eric Schmidt who told me he just got off the phone with Sheryl Sandberg who told him they’re all breathing a big sigh of relief at Facebook because for a while there they were actually starting to worry but now it appears they’re going to get away with it. “Hey, don’t be evil,” Eric told her, and then they both burst out laughing. Ha! As if.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New poll: Should Microsoft acquire Facebook?

Most people don’t know this but Kara Swisher of AllThingsD is a devoted FOFSJ and just an all-around great gal. (Full disclosure: We dated in the 1980s.) Well just this morning, at 4:03 a.m. Pacific time, Kara roused herself from her slumber and posted a brilliant memo to Mark Zuckerberg telling him, in effect, that if the Borg makes a decent offer for Facebook — say anything over $10 billion — then boy wonder should probably take it or risk getting his smooth, sweet, pre-pubescent candy ass sued into oblivion by his pissed-off shareholders.

FWIW, our theory is that this is why Sheryl “The Terminator” SandBorg was brought in from Google to run Facebook in the first place. She was hand-picked by the investors (they’re her pals) and they want a cash-out and they realize Zuck can’t or won’t do it. Hell, he can’t even bear to be around when his friends get fired. But the ducks are quacking, Zuck. It’s time.

Which prompted us to launch a new poll. Should Microsoft acquire Facebook? Possible answers are: (a) yes; (b) no; (c) Who gives a shit?; and (d) Scoble.

Poll is in a box to the right but feel free to argue and debate the merits of the case here in the comment strings. And if anyone wants to make a new version of the Microhoo dog-fucking photo with Faceberg’s picture in place of Jerry Yang’s, please do so. Or make us any other disgusting artwork that captures the essence of a BorgBook deal. We’ll put it up right away and send you a low number for the 3G iPhone waiting line.

FWIW, when I try to imagine what Zuckerberg is doing on his month-long Vision Quest, the following clip keeps coming to mind:

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

That giant whooshing sound is Facebook’s $15 billion valuation going up in smoke

So says Henry Blodget of Alley Insider. (See here.) Henry views Facebook’s decision to take on debt (leasing $100 million worth of servers) as a sign that it can’t raise money at its much-vaunted $15 billion valuation, which wouldn’t be surprising since that was always a ridiculous figure. Blodget’s theory: Facebook “couldn’t sell any more equity at $15 billion, and it didn’t want to do a down round, so it turned to the debt markets.” He also suspects Facebook will burn more cash this year than it previously said it would.

Everyone said the Borg was crazy when it bought a tiny chunk of Facebook at the ridiculous $15 billion valuation. But think about it. For a mere $240 million (pocket change for the Beastmaster) they’ve put the boy genius in a bit of a jam, no?

Of course, on the other hand, most people would love to have Zuckerberg’s kind of problems.