Facebook Home: A Home for Facebook Advertisers Only

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Photo Credit: Android Police Yesterday Facebook showed off their much-hyped Facebook Home, and the HTC First, a mid-range smartphone that showcases the project by putting it front-and-center on the device.  The reaction has been somewhat mixed. Everyone seems to agree some extreme users (“read: fanatic“, as CNET’s +Jessica Dolcourt says) of Facebook may love it.  Assuming it’s good,… Continue reading Facebook Home: A Home for Facebook Advertisers Only

The Fraudulent “Economy” of Facebook Likes

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Recently I was in a TekPersona Corporation Hangout On Air on Google+ with J.C. Kendall, former Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, to discuss The State of Facebook.  More recently, Sana Ahmed asked me in the comments of a Google+ post to elaborate on what I talked about with the phony “economy” of Facebook Likes, but at the… Continue reading The Fraudulent “Economy” of Facebook Likes

Facebook Earnings Prediction: Still No Long-Term Business Model

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Will Facebook beat or fall behind revenue expectations tomorrow?  The difference could resonate across their pool of investors, who could drive the stock to its greatest heights, or drive it down into the gutter. I, however, don’t care either way, because in the final analysis Facebook still will not be able to show they have… Continue reading Facebook Earnings Prediction: Still No Long-Term Business Model

Open Letter to the FTC: Put Up or Shut Up on Facebook!

Published on Author Eli Fennell

To FTC Chairman Jon Liebowitz: Facebook is out of control and needs to be stopped and only your agency can do it.  You should have already, in fact, long ago. Facebook controls its users “Likes”.  That’s the latest news, although it’s not really news, Facebook has been doing this for a while and everyone who’s… Continue reading Open Letter to the FTC: Put Up or Shut Up on Facebook!

Graph Search Doesn’t Solve Facebook’s Problems (But It Might Be a Start)

Published on Author Eli Fennell

    Did you know Facebook built their own “social search engine” called Graph Search?  Of course you did.  They called the whole world to a great “unveiling” yesterday. Stocks rose in anticipation as the mystery grew.  Would it be a search engine they revealed, to go head-to-head with Google?  A smartphone?  An ad network… Continue reading Graph Search Doesn’t Solve Facebook’s Problems (But It Might Be a Start)

On Being the Product, Not the Customer

Published on Author Eli Fennell

We live in a world of free internet services.  Of course, we know that most of these “free” services aren’t really free, they’re ad supported or bundled with other paid services.  There is no question we will surrender privacy for the benefits of these services.  We were doing this long before the web existed.  The… Continue reading On Being the Product, Not the Customer

Why You Should Leave Facebook (And How to Do It)

Published on Author Eli Fennell

As most people know by now, Facebook has been up to its old tricks again, making drastic, anti-competitive changes to their user’s accounts in the dead of night, with no meaningful warning, and no guidelines as to how to undo the changes (leaving that, of course, to the blogosphere to do for them).  But, hey,… Continue reading Why You Should Leave Facebook (And How to Do It)

Google I/O Just Pwned Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook

Published on Author Eli Fennell

I’m a fan of the Google brand.  But even if I wasn’t, I’d still say this: Google just made Apple’s WWDC and Microsoft’s Surface unveiling look like last decades’ news in a little over two hours.  They also made Facebook look like your grandma’s social network. This event foreshadowed Google’s emergence as the hottest consumer… Continue reading Google I/O Just Pwned Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook

Facebook & Bing: Credible Threat to Google

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Rumors are swirling about a possible swap of Bing to Facebook by Microsoft in exchange for Facebook Shares.  If these rumors are true, Larry Page had better be sweating a bit.  For that matter, so had Mark Zuckerberg.  Facebook and Microsoft have never struck so close at the heart of Google’s Cash Cow as they could… Continue reading Facebook & Bing: Credible Threat to Google

The Facebook-Instagram Shotgun Wedding

Published on Author Eli Fennell

You may know, by now, that Facebook has acquired Instagram, the social photo editing and sharing app for iOS and Android, for a cool billion dollars.  Some see this as a brilliant move, but I think it more resembles a move of desperation, possibly combined with some skillful bidding inflation by Google.  Instagram creates a… Continue reading The Facebook-Instagram Shotgun Wedding