Why Facebook Must Die For Internet Freedom To Flourish [Süddeutsche Zeitung]
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 27/09/2011 14:02
Op-Ed: Facebook is squaring with Google in a race for control not only of the social network market, but of the Internet as a whole. Regardless of who "wins," there's a danger for users, who bit by bit are losing control of both their digitial profiles - and digital freedom.
Do you like horse racing? We observers of the technology sector love it, only our horses are Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Who's in the lead? Who's getting more market share? Who has the best features? And in this winner and loser journalism of ours, innovations like the ones Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg introduced at his annual F8 keynote get quickly relegated to one or the other category.
Some see Facebook's new functions as giving it an even wider lead against Google Plus. Others see the Zuckerberg portal as past its peak already and on the way down. Some predict that within a few years, Google Plus could actually push past the social network juggernaut.