"The Internet" loves to get snarky about . "The Internet" (and people in general) also a good rivalry. Examples: Foreman/Ali; /Microsoft, Rossi/Biaggi, Yankees/Red Sox . . .
The rivalry of the day, (or at least the one it seems to want this minute last October) is v. Facebook.
The other day I was talking to Paul Harvey's about and rivalries and he, predictably, asked for "the rest of the story."
That got me thinking.
We all get to hear @budnitz's incessant and inane ramblings on coffee shops, sandwiches, and one James Tiberius Kirk during his weekly epistles about status quo fucking. He also uses this platform to tease us with the ephemeral V 2.0 of , but I digress.
But we never hear from his counterpart in the world of social media.
I present Questions with Mark Zuckerberg
Mark, thank you for taking the time to answer a questions interview here on , a social network that "trusted expert" @ashfein has described as "a super exclusive, stripped down ghost town." So the fact that you're coming into this knowing that like, maybe 3 people and Paul and maybe @lucian (if he isn't busy looking at photos of cars) will read this interview shows me that you just want to set the record straight.
Why do you hate ?
<laughs> That's a common misconception. I don't hate . It just vexes me. I'm terribly vexed by it. My mission, the mission of Facebook is to connect every person in the world. You don’t do that by having a service people pay for. < rings> Sorry about that, forgot to turn my phone off. What was I saying? Right, people won't pay a company for the ability to talk to people. At least not with money. I stood in front of the board of directors and in front of the shareholders who attended our annual meeting and said "Fuck money. In fact, we’ll probably lose a bunch of money—just because supporting Facebook as a service, and storing the photos and content that people want to share, costs money. We probably won’t offset it by making much. But there’s this mission belief that connecting the world is really important, and that is something that we want to do. That is why Facebook is here on this planet."
The fact that wants to make money by not using advertizing vexes me. I mean, who would pay for something you can get for free via our use and sale to unknown parties of the information you put on Facebook?
So, you're not interested in money? You have a mission and that mission is connecting people. But, you are still gathering data on people in those places where you aren't actively advertizing - like Zambia for instance. That is still valuable data. You could sell that information to governments, dictators, McDonald's. The quarter by quarter approach isn't ideal for long term growth strategy but as a public company you are obligated to maximize shareholder value. How do you mesh the two objectives?
Listen, I don’t think it's anything different than how people use Facebook normally. The biggest thing we’ve had to do . . . [is make] a very easy way [for people] to go buy data when they want to do more things. For example, you might be browsing Facebook and see a link to news, or you see some video that you want to watch—that can’t be covered for free, but we make it so if you tap on that, it's very easy to online pay, and that’s good for everyone. It makes it so people can discover why they would want to consume content on the Internet. It makes it so Airtel and our partners can make more profits, and continue investing, and building out a faster and broader Internet, and it gets everyone online.
So you won't target specific items to people based on what they like so they will want to pay for them?
Listen, A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.People click on stuff they want to see. [Edit - sadly this is true. All joking aside, he isn't wrong and I'm not going to skewer him for that.]
founders seem to really like cars. What about you?
I like modern cars. I don't need a car to say things about me. Unlike some people. I prefer using Facebook to say things about me anyway. But back to . Nothing too ostentatious. I've been seen in a late model GTI but I also like the practicality of my Honda Fit. But when I have a particularly bad day, I roll in my Acura TSX. Anything else is just unfounded rumor.