Alexander Lynn

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I Think it's Shaping the Broader Web

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook) and Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) gave a great interview on the Charlie Rose show. They discussed everything from the company's history to how it goes about recruiting top engineering talent. Anyways, early into the interview, I started thinking about the impact that facebook has had on the web and one particular segment stuck with me.

While listening to Mark talk about his college years (and how at the time, he never thought he'd play such a critical role in enabling social connections on the web), Charlie Rose proposed that Facebook had become “a personalized web within a web". Zuckerberg responded by saying:

I think it’s shaping the broader web. If you look back for the past 5-7 years, the story of social networking has really been about getting these 800 million people connected, so that they can stay in touch with all these people who they care about, and get them signed up for facebook and all that. But, if you look forward for the next five years, I think that the story that people are going to remember 5 years from now, isn’t how this one site was built, it was how every single service that you use, is now going to be better with your friends. - Mark Zuckerberg

I felt like that line perfectly crystallized the situation. In the broader context of the web, Mark's actions weren't/aren't solely valuable because he managed to create “this one site” that connected people. Rather, they were/are valuable because “this one site” ultimately forced the web to focus on its users. FB helped "shape the web" into a more user centric environment.  It (alongside other social services) is making the web less about the technology and more about the people.

Check out the hour long interview on the Charlie Rose website. Really rich stuff, as always.

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