But that is not what Dave McClure is saying. He is talking in terms of an alternative to Facebook itself, another social network that is not Facebook, that is not Twitter. I don't agree, I think Facebook has got the social right, and it keeps innovating the way only having a founder CEO in the driver's seat ensures.
500 Hats: How to Take Down Facebook -- Hint: It Ain't Twitter. (aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network): Facebook has firmly fixed itself into the fundamental fabric of our friends & families
Facebook has started to get intimacy. Only a few days back it launched these special pages for your closest relationships. And the group page it launched weeks back can be great family get togethers online. First you get the like button, then you get a sophisticated like button. Facebook is getting there. It sure is working its tail off. The "smaller subset" Dave asks for is already there. Celebrities get Facebook pages. The like button is even simpler than composing a tweet. Facebook is not there yet fully in terms of social concentric circles, but it is getting there. But they already got your social graph. I am betting you are not going to start from scratch for another social network. Even if you will, maybe your friends will not come along. Why do you think the Internet Explorer still has such large share? People don't get off their butts. That's why.
My conclusion is Dave McClure is full of it, and he does not have much of an argument. The guy wrote a headline grabber, and forgot to put his pants on before getting on TV. Dave McClure's blog post is not even a criticism of Facebook - the guy obviously does not log into Facebook daily like you are supposed to, and Facebook obviously is not listed on his Google News page, or he does not read TechCrunch every day like you are supposed to, because he seems to have no clue about Facebook's newest features - let alone a serious threat to the site's very existence in the form of a Facebook killer idea. The post is a half hearted, outdated plea for some feature requests.
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