Thank you, Microsoft, for helping me to understand Facebook

I read glowing accounts in other blogs about how Facebook is the “next big thing” or the “platform of choice” for developers. I log on to my Facebook account, trying to see the site as those avid proponents see it. But I can’t catch the enthusiasm.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have the maximum limit of 5000 friends.

Facebook to me seems like just another portal page, but unlike iGoogle, or My Yahoo, or Netvibes, you can’t decide what you want on your page. Instead, you must select from a Facebook-defined list of “applications”, most of which aren’t worth looking at more than once.

In fact, Facebook seems more like Windows Live than like a normal…


Facebook is dull and restrictive and blue. No wonder Microsoft likes it to the tune of $240 million dollars.

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  • About Gary Burge

    I am an experieced web programmer, techno-activist, romantic idealist, who never quite left the sixties, even though I became quite successful in the Internet space.

    My business philosphy is different now than when I toiled in the bigco world. About a decade ago I experienced a life-altering epiphany: I was sacrificing my personal life and health to feed a corporate monster.