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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/24/2014 | 9:07:59 AM
Re: Facebook History: 10 Defining Moments
Absolutely. Facebook's privacy wave has been an interesting one to ride. No matter their mistakes -- how big or how small -- users keep coming back. That says something about the service it's providing.
SachinEE
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2/22/2014 | 6:22:18 AM
Re: Facebook History: 10 Defining Moments
@ Kristin Burnham, it answers the question raised by @ David F. Carr. During the establishment of big companies like Facebook, errors and challenges are numerous. Facebook had a public face because of its dealing with users directly, so all these errors became more obvious. We must say that in spite of ever growing concerns of people regarding privacy and other issues, Facebook has defied them one way or the other.
SachinEE
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2/21/2014 | 6:22:27 AM
Re : Facebook History: 10 Defining Moments
@ Ariella, there can hardly be any doubt about it. If Facebook were to become a "Social Network" in true sense of the word, it had to go public and open its membership to everyone. But that was a big step nevertheless because it was a huge shift and needed tremendous amount of resources.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/4/2014 | 8:57:04 AM
Re: No crisis moments?
Resilience: absolutely. Facebook's Andrew Bosworth touched on this in a post this morning reflecting on Facebook's last 10 years:

"When I joined Facebook we were a bunch of clever but irreverent kids (and one irreverent Jeff Rothschild). We were deeply skeptical of accepted wisdom, perhaps because the wisdom at the time did not look favorably upon our chances of succeeding. Instead we took unconventional approaches to everything from what we built and how we built it to how we financed and operated the company. More often than not we would stumble and frequently we would learn why accepted wisdom was exactly that. But occasionally our naive confidence that we could forge our own path paid off and unlocked something that was completely ours."
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cbabcock,
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2/3/2014 | 11:32:52 PM
Open Compute is Facebook's defining moment of using the social net
Facebook didn't buy servers or run a data center like other companies. It built the first unit of what it thought was an ultra-modern data center in Prineville, Ore., it's first and realized it wanted major revisions for the servers going into the second of three massive centers scheduled to be built on the site. There would be strength in numbers, if Facebook could get other people interested in what constituted an efficient data center in the cloud. Plus competitors Google, Apple and Amazon were all eyeing the Facebook user base hungrily. None of them was willing to share its designs with anyone else. Realizing it was in a position to pioneer modern cloud data center design, it launched the Open Compute Project in April 2011. It's attracted Goldman Sachs, Fidelity investments and other financial services firms. It holds the long term potential of disrupting the way hardware supply is done. It was Facebook's own defining use of the social network.
David F. Carr
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2/3/2014 | 4:33:40 PM
Re: No crisis moments?
Ah, too many errors to count. That makes sense.

And yet you could say recovering from all those missteps shows resilience, which might be one of Facebook's most defining characteristics.
Gary_EL
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2/3/2014 | 2:06:58 PM
Re: What's next?
That it will become less popular with the youngsters, and they will go elsewhere. Which is no problem for me, but it might be a problem for parents, who might not be able to monitor the online doings of their kids as easily as they can with Facebook.
WKash
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WKash,
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2/3/2014 | 2:05:49 PM
Next generation
It's interesting to hear how many teenagers I speak with who've moved on from Facebook...and what that portends as Facebook moves into its own adolescence.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/3/2014 | 12:12:01 PM
Re: No crisis moments?
@David, you can find the item about News Feed on page 2.

I considered adding items related to Facebook privacy missteps, such as the Facebook Beacon and Sponsored Stories lawsuits, but their errors in that category are many. It's hard to pick out one or two that were "defining moments," especially since it's something the company still struggles with today. You'll find a few of those missteps in a story posting tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.

 
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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2/3/2014 | 11:04:43 AM
Re: No crisis moments?
Interesting that the News Feed is still not loved, years after its introduction. The algorithm still doesn't give some people what they want. Readers, look for follow-up coverage on this topic tomorrow, including a look at stumbles.
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