How’s this for some big news on an otherwise slow Monday? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has let slip that his company plans to buy popular photo-sharing app Instagram (pending all of the standard regulatory approvals, naturally). According to a report from All Things D‘s Kara Swisher, Facebook will pick up the social app, which got its own long-awaited Android version, for a cool $1 billion in cash and shares. Ole Zuck confirmed the news on his personal blog, adding that the deal won’t affect Instagram’s integration with competing social networks:
We think the fact that [...]
Facebook wants to be your life. They want you to chat, exchange messages and publish your photos using their services. That’s ok. It’s a good concept. It’s just too bad their technology sucks to the point of being unusable at times.
There’s plenty of reasons to hate Facebook. And then some more. But I don’t care about those. To me it’s not about the privacy, their terms of service or Zuck’s dog.
The main reason is a critical one: Reliability. That’s where Facebook fails.
Being good is not good enough
At this point Facebook has 500 million active [...]
What do you do if you’re the CEO of a company faced with persistent privacy concerns? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you make it so users of your service can’t block you. Mark Zuckerberg recently, mysteriously, became unblockable on Facebook.
TechCrunch highlights a funny single-serve website, blockzuck.com. Its only purpose: to point out that if you try to block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, thus hiding your profile from him, you are greeted with a “general block failed error.” You can block anyone else on Facebook—you just can’t block the Zuck!
But, according [...]