Hate my iPhone and Facebook yammering?

Fred Vogelstein

OK, I keep seeing notes from people who are tired of my iPhone and Facebook yammering.

So, it’s time to put up or shut up.

What is more important happening right now? I’m looking at TechMeme and other feeds. I just met with a ton of VCs, execs, journalists like Wired’s Fred Vogelstein, etc (that’s him in the photo on this post) and there’s nothing that excites/generates conversation like Facebook and iPhone. Nothing.

If you got something that is exciting you more, I’d sure like to hear about it.

Oh, don’t take Fred’s picture as an anti-Facebook statement. He’s working on an article for Wired about Facebook.

Kara Swisher, tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal, told me at dinner (and I see she told everyone on her blog) that today she met with Facebook’s “money guy” and that she came away impressed.

Translation: Expect to hear a lot more Facebook news. Unless you got something more interesting for us all to pay attention to. Microsoft? Google? Yahoo? Helllllllloooooooo.

UPDATE: Dave McClure has a good post about all that’s happening in Facebook land.

76 thoughts on “Hate my iPhone and Facebook yammering?

  1. I’m hoping that over the next few days that everyone will get all of the irrational Facebook exuberance out of their system. Then in a few weeks the echo chamber will unleash a torrent of unhappiness with Facebook and finally we’ll move on to something else with hopefully more merit. In the meantime we’ll have to put up with Robert adding every single mention of Facebook he can find to his link blog. Just grin and bear it for now.

  2. I’m hoping that over the next few days that everyone will get all of the irrational Facebook exuberance out of their system. Then in a few weeks the echo chamber will unleash a torrent of unhappiness with Facebook and finally we’ll move on to something else with hopefully more merit. In the meantime we’ll have to put up with Robert adding every single mention of Facebook he can find to his link blog. Just grin and bear it for now.

  3. Paul: that’s one reason I haven’t gotten mine yet. We only have so much money to spend on gadgets and with two new iPhones I’ve blown the budget for such this month.

  4. Paul: that’s one reason I haven’t gotten mine yet. We only have so much money to spend on gadgets and with two new iPhones I’ve blown the budget for such this month.

  5. I don’t mind the Facebook talk and the only reason the iPhone talk is getting on my nerves is that my wife won’t let me buy one. Something about a “budget.”

  6. I don’t mind the Facebook talk and the only reason the iPhone talk is getting on my nerves is that my wife won’t let me buy one. Something about a “budget.”

  7. I joined facebook because of all they hype, and there are way fewer regular people I know on facebook than even friendster.

    Tech “influencers” and kids are a pretty fickle audience, and are on pretty much all of these things. Friends of my parents have accounts at linkedin and myspace, are nowhere to be found on facebook.

    All of these services have the same people on them, only on myspace does anyone I have not heard from in a while contact me.

  8. I joined facebook because of all they hype, and there are way fewer regular people I know on facebook than even friendster.

    Tech “influencers” and kids are a pretty fickle audience, and are on pretty much all of these things. Friends of my parents have accounts at linkedin and myspace, are nowhere to be found on facebook.

    All of these services have the same people on them, only on myspace does anyone I have not heard from in a while contact me.

  9. Robert, you are best when you are blogging about stuff you are passionate/excited about…why should you blog about stuff that isn’t interesting to you?

  10. Robert, you are best when you are blogging about stuff you are passionate/excited about…why should you blog about stuff that isn’t interesting to you?

  11. How about just being creative and original? Stop adding the noise. Make something else exciting for a change. Or, just pound a few donuts.

  12. How about just being creative and original? Stop adding the noise. Make something else exciting for a change. Or, just pound a few donuts.

  13. So, now THIS is your argument? Since, there is nothing else going on which is interesting, you will keep rehashing yourself??? Just slow down, smell the roses, enjoy summer, play golf, stop blogging till something exciting happens. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!

  14. So, now THIS is your argument? Since, there is nothing else going on which is interesting, you will keep rehashing yourself??? Just slow down, smell the roses, enjoy summer, play golf, stop blogging till something exciting happens. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!

  15. I am not going to be so arrogant as to tell you what to talk about (or not talk about). I read your blog because you average a post a day that is interesting, and the others are an easy “j”. :)

    But you ask about other exciting and interesting things. Here is one – we are finally headed into our long over due recession.
    http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2007/07/contain-this-pa.html

    Why is that so exciting? Because we need a recession to clear away all the clutter, so we can move on to the next level.
    http://luke.gedeon.name/is-it-really-web-30-or-just-25.html

    If you are having trouble finding more than a couple things to get excited about it might be that we are getting near the end of the cycle. Or it might just be the time of year. Anyone with any sense is at the beach right now… unless it is raining there like it is here.

  16. I am not going to be so arrogant as to tell you what to talk about (or not talk about). I read your blog because you average a post a day that is interesting, and the others are an easy “j”. :)

    But you ask about other exciting and interesting things. Here is one – we are finally headed into our long over due recession.
    http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2007/07/contain-this-pa.html

    Why is that so exciting? Because we need a recession to clear away all the clutter, so we can move on to the next level.
    http://luke.gedeon.name/is-it-really-web-30-or-just-25.html

    If you are having trouble finding more than a couple things to get excited about it might be that we are getting near the end of the cycle. Or it might just be the time of year. Anyone with any sense is at the beach right now… unless it is raining there like it is here.

  17. “Problem with hype is that it drowns out a ton of otherwise awesome stories. Sorry, what’s that? It’s not about the iPhone or Facebook? Then I can’t hear you.”

    Yep and bloggers know that constantly yammering on about whatever the ‘hot site of the moment’, is great linkbait and for traffic. The endless Twitter hype that was run into the ground has now been replaced by Facebook-hype. A month or 2 from now the current Facebook hype will be replaced by something else.

    As Smorty said, it’s your blog so write about whatever you want. But hearing every couple of months that Site/Service X is the ‘next big thing!’ begins to sound like the boy crying wolf.

  18. “Problem with hype is that it drowns out a ton of otherwise awesome stories. Sorry, what’s that? It’s not about the iPhone or Facebook? Then I can’t hear you.”

    Yep and bloggers know that constantly yammering on about whatever the ‘hot site of the moment’, is great linkbait and for traffic. The endless Twitter hype that was run into the ground has now been replaced by Facebook-hype. A month or 2 from now the current Facebook hype will be replaced by something else.

    As Smorty said, it’s your blog so write about whatever you want. But hearing every couple of months that Site/Service X is the ‘next big thing!’ begins to sound like the boy crying wolf.

  19. I think it’s all in the presentation…

    Also, I see hype being thrown around as a single definition, when it is not. There is hype as in exaggeration… but then there’s hype as in “excessive publicity and the ensuing commotion.”

    Facebook is being hyped beyond belief. But its being hyped under the second definition I provided because its successful. No exaggeration there. But, there is plenty of coverage, so it’s being given excessive publicity.

    I know about Facebook, I know about their open platform, I know millions of people use it, I know Robert Scoble has tons of VC’s, billionaires, and other influential people on his friends list… but tell us what we don’t know. Find the hidden gem related to Facebook.

    Robert:

    Try talking about services related to Facebook. Perhaps cover some Facebook applications? What do you personally use on your Facebook account? How does Facebook personally benefit you? How can other companies leverage the social model that Facebook has? That’s the type of stuff that interests me…

    Write about what pleases you, and remember that when I use the word hype, I’m using it in the second context. I know Facebook (or the iPhone) isn’t an exaggeration.

  20. I think it’s all in the presentation…

    Also, I see hype being thrown around as a single definition, when it is not. There is hype as in exaggeration… but then there’s hype as in “excessive publicity and the ensuing commotion.”

    Facebook is being hyped beyond belief. But its being hyped under the second definition I provided because its successful. No exaggeration there. But, there is plenty of coverage, so it’s being given excessive publicity.

    I know about Facebook, I know about their open platform, I know millions of people use it, I know Robert Scoble has tons of VC’s, billionaires, and other influential people on his friends list… but tell us what we don’t know. Find the hidden gem related to Facebook.

    Robert:

    Try talking about services related to Facebook. Perhaps cover some Facebook applications? What do you personally use on your Facebook account? How does Facebook personally benefit you? How can other companies leverage the social model that Facebook has? That’s the type of stuff that interests me…

    Write about what pleases you, and remember that when I use the word hype, I’m using it in the second context. I know Facebook (or the iPhone) isn’t an exaggeration.

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