Posted by: Ben | October 11, 2008

Zuckerberg’s Privacy Law

[update: here’s a video of the interview with Zuckerberg]

I read an interesting blurb from the broadstuff blog on Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) talking about privacy. This led me to a cnet report from the Future of Web Apps conference in London, which said,

“When talking about the central importance of sharing to Facebook, Zuckerberg described how members are now willing to share much more than they were when the site launched four years ago. He compared it to Moore’s Law, suggesting that the “exponential” rate of sharing could be charted and predicted when it came to future features that Facebook could add. One of those things could be location-awareness, which Carson asked about and which Zuckerberg implied in his Moore’s Law analogy that the alleged exponential curve simply hasn’t reached yet.”

I’ve seen this to be true among my Facebook friends. I think they are initially resistant but as more and more of their friends keep talking about it, they keep coming back and add more and more information each time as they grow more comfortable with it. It’s perhaps more about Metcalfe’s Law than Moore’s Law.

As an aside, Zuckerberg showed more of his uncompromising attitude towards his vision of what Facebook is:

“He also talked more candidly than usual about the shortcomings of the platform, and how it soon became a hub for goofy viral applications that users quickly started to find annoying. The redesigned look of Facebook pages relegates many of those apps to a separate “boxes” tab, which has irked many developers, but Zuckerberg implied that if apps are seeing a decline in use because of the redesign, they probably aren’t the sorts of apps that Facebook envisioned as part of its platform in the first place.”

Oh snap. That’s a 90’s era Microsoft-ish swipe at developers.

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