3 Things Facebook Gets Right

actually, I think that facebook does many things well, though I think they are a deeply awful company and will ultimately fail unless they embrace openness and a distributed model

facebook understands parcellation, presence, collectives, networks, rich connections, diversity, the need for population density, the need for evolvability, the importance of adaptation and much much more in a way that puts most other social systems to shame. They really don’t get trust at all, and they probably know that a centralized model will ultimately fail, but they are probably happy enough that they are going to get huge amounts of money for at least a couple more years before the penny drops and the weaknesses of their centralised approach allow a better system in. Or that they figure that out. Or that Hell freezes over. Whatever comes first.


Address of the bookmark: http://mashable.com/2010/06/22/what-facebook-gets-right/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

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