The More Coverage Facebook Gets, The Less Interested I Get

Facebook LogoWhen I subscribed to Time magazine through a solid deal that a Best Buy cashier promised me, I signed away my credit card with the intention that it will provide me information that related to current events, not things that I already know about. 

The cover page of this past Time magazine had a picture of Mother Teresa and the cover title was The Secret Life Of Mother Teresa, so how come when I turn to page 54, I find myself reading redundant news about Facebook’s refusal of Yahoo!’s $1 billion offer, controversial News Feed feature, and how it evolved from a Harvard University directory?  This information was already known in 2006.  The year, 2007, is 3 months away and between the old news coverage of Facebook and reading about Digg’s overhyped homepage redesign, I find myself slightly agreeing with Mark Cuban.

Does anyone agree with me when I say that I fear for America’s web technology future?  Innovation needs to persevere once again.  Where is the next Wales,’ Roses,’ Zuckerbergs,’ Jobs,’ Pages’ and Brins’, Yangs’ and Filos,’ and Gates’ today?  Under a rock?  Someone needs to make a further impact so that Time has something fresher to talk about.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

The More Coverage Facebook Gets, The Less Interested I Get Comments

  1. Mo Kakwan says:

    Logging into facebook is like hearing a really old techno song. It makes you giggle a little and then you feel really old for listening to it.

    The platform is aging and it’s usefulness is beginning to fade. Initially it had a twitter like quality which kept you updated on all your friends, but as the post college life folks seem to update less and less and put up information that isn’t very pertinent it’s not as much fun to check up on your buddies. I’m astounded by the “professional” market trying to get on there. I don’t want to converse with my boss on facebook. Not when I have the graffiti application and a worry that my college buddies are going to draw something possibly phallic. Having made a facebook application, I’ve gotta say that the apps themselve are interesting to make and watch them grow but the real ability to bring back useful traffic from facebook to your own site is difficult. You almost end up in a iLike scenario where you have two distinct userbases. And no crossover. Then there’s the added worry that what if Facebook begins to impose new rules which means they get a cut of your advertising profits?

    I’m bored with myspace and facebook. I’m curious to see when adobe Air like technologies mature and what sort of applications come out of the woodwork from the adventurous coders.

  2. Amit Chowdhry says:

    Out with the old, in with the new. Between social networks, open source APIs, Twittering, video, news submission, and bookmarking, it is rather difficult to determine what the next hype will be?

    Will it be Second Life that drives us into something as simple and exciting as uploading videos instantly on YouTube or creating a quick and simple profile on Facebook? Highly unlikely. Whatever comes out in the future seems to need to be synched with pop-culture hardware. Between digital cameras and mobile device, there seems to be a surplus of web companies wanting to store and upload data into this market. The question really becomes, what else can we do with the speed of produced transistors besides an iPhone?

  3. Mo Kakwan says:

    Second Life seems to be faultering and moving forward mostly fueled by hype. At least that’s the impression given by the recent wired article on it

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