The shy Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

Yesterday morning I woke up early. Was sitting in the hotel lobby at 7 a.m. trying to check email when someone tapped me on the shoulder. It was Mark Zuckerberg, founder/CEO of Facebook, which now has 68 million active users (people who’ve signed on in the past 30 days).

He invited me to a breakfast with Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf. We walked together to the breakfast, which was interesting because of Musharraf’s comments, where he defended his administration. After the breakfast Mark and I spent a bunch of time together, where he gave me permission to quote him.

Aside: I owe this interview to Lance Knobel, who writes the Davos Newbies blog (he used to work for the World Economic Forum and knows the Davos event inside and out). I met with him before coming to Davos and he told me to wake up early every morning and go to as many breakfasts as I could get to. If you ever get a chance to come to Davos you should look up Lance. Another great thing I’ve done is hanging out with Mike Arrington in the YouTube booth (Google graciously let me blog in their booth, which is where I’m writing to you now. Arrington has a post up about what has been happening here in the YouTube booth the past few days. A shout out too to the Forbes blogging crew who has been doing an awesome job from the same area. Here’s a video I filmed in the booth explaining how I got to Davos — while filming the video Bono, Tony Blair, and the Japanese Prime Minister walked past).

Anyway, back to Zuckerberg.

It will forever be one of the highlights of my life just walking alone through the streets of Davos with him.

I asked him why he doesn’t like going on video and seems to have difficulty dealing with the press and bloggers. He said he was shy. Asked me not to video him “I freeze up,” he told me. He did promise to meet more with bloggers and to give me a video interview when he’s back home.

It was an amazing admission.

But it was far from the only thing I learned about Mark. Over the three hours he demonstrated to me just how smart he was (Linden Labs founder, Phillip Rosedale, joined us at one point and they instantly broke into a discussion that switched back and forth between a pretty technical discussion of architectures and things they’ve both learned by scaling up businesses to millions of users. Zuckerberg said that Facebook makes a lot of use of memcache to get better performance and that they’ve built a lot of custom code for MySQL, which they’ve donated back to the community) and why he’s seen as one of the most interesting business leaders of our time. Talked with me about how his management team works, how he’s working to keep a unique culture, and gave me lots of details about what is coming this year in Facebook.

I also got a chance to watch him as he dealt with world leaders at a Newsweek lunch and came away impressed with his social graces. I wish I had his poise and skills and I’m almost twice his age.

One of the things that I hope to get him to tell me on camera is his descriptions of the people who work for him — it was a side of him that I haven’t yet seen displayed outwardly. It’s clear he has deep respect for the people who work with him. If there was a part of him that inspired me, that was it. Leaders usually are pretty good about sharing their strategy, but it’s a rare corporate leader who tells me interesting stories about his employees and the work that they do and work to share credit with other people.

Some things he shared with me about Facebook?

1. They are within weeks of shipping translated versions of Facebook. He wondered just how much faster Facebook would have grown if they had had translated versions sooner. He told me that they had traded off working on that to work instead on keeping up with the huge growth they had seen. He believes that much of Facebook’s growth this year will come from non-English-speaking regions.
2. They are working on a major overhaul of the application platform. Both to make apps less spammy and also to deliver much more functionality so more apps move beyond the viral, but pretty low feature, styles of apps.
3. They are still thinking about data portability and just how that will work to both protect users as well as to encourage new kinds of applications to be built. He explained to me that the kind of script that I was running is often used by spammers to send tons of messages to users and that’s something they are really working to protect their users against. On the other hand, he understood the kinds of apps that I wanted to have as a user. When Rosedale was sitting with us, I pointed out that I’d love to see when Facebook users are active on Second Life. That would require opening up the social graph to new kinds of data sharing that Facebook isn’t yet allowing. But he didn’t yet have answers as to just what Facebook will allow in the future.
4. I told him that Facebook’s messaging capabilities was both cool but also very limiting. Cool because, unlike my email, there isn’t spam. Limiting because I can’t join more people into a conversation thread after it starts. He told me that Facebook will see major changes in its architecture that would allow outside developers to build new capabilities in major parts of its service, which will help Facebook to see the features that I want to have. This is a sizeable shift in strategy for Facebook and one that is a great message for outside developers to see. One of the fears I hear is that developers are worried that Facebook will steal/copy their work and build popular apps or features itself. Zuckerberg told me that overtime it’ll be clear that the reverse will prove to be true.
5. He talked to me about his love of Scrabulous and was hopeful that a good resolution will come. Hasbro has been threatening the two developers of Scrabulous. I told Zuckerberg that it was clear that Hasbro had a case that its intellectual property was being infringed on (Scrabulous is an online version of Hasbro’s Scrabble, which pretty clearly infringes on copyrights and trademarks of Hasbro’s). Zuckerberg agreed that that was the case, but told me that Hasbro does see the value in getting a new online community built on its behalf. He thinks there may be an acquisition or other good outcome to the dispute.
6. I wondered if we’d see the ability to share photos and videos with the public internet. He said that they were working on better granularity on Facebook’s privacy features, which would allow such things, but that it’s tough to take some things into public light because Facebook’s features rely so much on tagging and other content from its members, some of whom might not want those details shared publicly. He expects Facebook to move cautiously in those areas.
7. Facebook has a limitation on the number of friends a person can have, which is 4,999 friends. He says that was due to scaling/technical issues and they are working on getting rid of that limitation. Partly to make it possible to have celebrities on Facebook but also to make it possible to have more grouping kinds of features. He told me many members were getting thousands of friends and that those users are also asking for many more features to put their friends into different groups. He expects to see improvements in that area this year.
8. He admitted to me that he had made mistakes in how they implemented Beacon and explained it. Watch for him to come back with a new Beacon and a much better explanation.
9. He admitted to me that he had made mistakes in how he communicates with the Facebook community. I asked him why he only blogs when the community has a negative reaction to something that Facebook does. he says that’s a mistake and that he’ll work on being more transparent and open with his communications. He also will encourage his team to work closer with bloggers, journalists, and members of the Facebook community to build better relationships so that problems can be discussed more openly. I urged him to change how Facebook deletes accounts from people who break the rules and to put in place more process for people to appeal deletion decisions.

One last thing. This post sounds fawning, I know. But Zuckerberg demonstrated to me that he is, indeed, the real deal and that the hype he’s gotten over the past year has largely been deserved. He definitely won me over.

Imagine what’ll he get done when he gets over his shyness.

256 thoughts on “The shy Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

  1. Why was my account disabled? I go online and play with SPP, Mafia Wars and Farm Town… Yes I add people daily to play SPP but I didnt think that was doing anything wrong. I also have received the pink slip when adding but everyone does almost daily. I felt it was a glitch I sure didnt know I was going to be disabled because of it.

    I am home daily because of illness and I do no harm to anyone..This is how I control my depression.

    Is this permanent?

    Please reconsider and enable my account again.. thank you

    My children got me to join facebook as a way of therapy because I am going through severe depression.. It is a way for me to open up and relax. It is a site that they felt I could be safe on. I am not a sex offender or do I deal in porno. I was depressed from abuse by my ex husband. I started out chatting and playing Mafia Wars.. I started getting notice on how to add 500 people on Mafia.. Being studid I didnt know it could cause to problems later on.. I was having fun..Then it got out of hand and I tried deleting them once I had them on my Mafia account.. Mafia led to Vampire Wars, Gangster, Mob, etc.. Then I found the SPP application and I was immediately hooked.. I started developing wonderful relationships there. Then came Farm Town and Yoville.. I lost track of who to delete and who to keep. Also If I deleted the wrong person I would lose my friends in SPP, Farmtown and Yoville. I dont care about Mafia or the other games.. I only care about Yoville, SPP, Farmtown..and applications like that.. None of the war games.. I have not only invested time in these applications but I have invested money buying Gold Items in both SPP, Yoville, MyFarm.. I have lost all of that.. as well as my friends..

    I have many pictures of my family and friends stored on Facebook that I may never see again.. PLEASE I am begging you to please enable my account again. This means the world to me at this point in my life..My counselor knows about facebook and has encouraged me to continue it's use.. I do again apologize for any wrong doing on my part. I will delete everyone that I do not have contact with in facebook and I am going to delete mafia wars, etc.. All I want is my SPP, Farmtown, Yoville and this kind of applications..

    Account that was disabled is mschultz@cebridge.net..

    Thank you
    Martha Schultz

  2. fuck you facebook for shutting down my account for no reason and then have the nerve to not tell me why or reply to my messages. you totally fucked my business as people i had met had all their contact info, numbers etc, among all the friends i had lost touch with over the years. as i scroll down this page it seems that numerous people are experiencing the same problems. so here’s a tip, fix the fucking glitches or YOU will end up in legal battles and shutdown. myspace seems to work well. so if i do happen to be reinstated onto facebook i will be sending out a message to all about your little glitch.
    thanks for the inconvenience you have caused all of us. how about one day you wake up and your fuckin bank says, your account is frozen for no apparent reason and no one would respond to your messages. FUCK YOU!

  3. fuck you facebook for shutting down my account for no reason and then have the nerve to not tell me why or reply to my messages. you totally fucked my business as people i had met had all their contact info, numbers etc, among all the friends i had lost touch with over the years. as i scroll down this page it seems that numerous people are experiencing the same problems. so here’s a tip, fix the fucking glitches or YOU will end up in legal battles and shutdown. myspace seems to work well. so if i do happen to be reinstated onto facebook i will be sending out a message to all about your little glitch.
    thanks for the inconvenience you have caused all of us. how about one day you wake up and your fuckin bank says, your account is frozen for no apparent reason and no one would respond to your messages. FUCK YOU!

  4. Hello. I would just like to say that I am not a fan of Facebook’s customer service. I reciently joined facebook, and I really enjoyed it. I found a lot of friends, and felt like I was on the steps to becoming a more social person. I tried logging into Facebook today, and noticed that my account was “Disabled.” When i clicked on the help link, it said that I was kicked from FB after 60 days for not being part of a high school network. This does not even make sense:

    A) I have not had Facebook for 60 days.
    B) I received a confirmation letter that I was accepted into my High School network.

    I have since emailed appeals@facebook.com and disabled@facebook.com and have received an automated response.

    I hope that there is something you can do to ensure that customer service can atleast provide me with a better reason as to why this has happened to my account.

    thanks- Brian P.

  5. Hello. I would just like to say that I am not a fan of Facebook’s customer service. I reciently joined facebook, and I really enjoyed it. I found a lot of friends, and felt like I was on the steps to becoming a more social person. I tried logging into Facebook today, and noticed that my account was “Disabled.” When i clicked on the help link, it said that I was kicked from FB after 60 days for not being part of a high school network. This does not even make sense:

    A) I have not had Facebook for 60 days.
    B) I received a confirmation letter that I was accepted into my High School network.

    I have since emailed appeals@facebook.com and disabled@facebook.com and have received an automated response.

    I hope that there is something you can do to ensure that customer service can atleast provide me with a better reason as to why this has happened to my account.

    thanks- Brian P.

  6. For no apparent reason my account got disabled i was given no warning this would happen and i did noting wrong while i was using facebook. I have looked into this and it has seemed to happen to a number of people who have doen nothing wrong, i am extremly angry that you have done this to an innocent person.
    i have emailed all the facebook address telling them my situation and hopefully i will get it re-activated, but this should not be happening.
    SORT IT OUT

  7. For no apparent reason my account got disabled i was given no warning this would happen and i did noting wrong while i was using facebook. I have looked into this and it has seemed to happen to a number of people who have doen nothing wrong, i am extremly angry that you have done this to an innocent person.
    i have emailed all the facebook address telling them my situation and hopefully i will get it re-activated, but this should not be happening.
    SORT IT OUT

  8. I’m personally happy for all the people who at least received Facebooks so called “warnings” about their “misuse of the site”

    My account was disabled just this morning and what kind of warning did I receive?

    None

    No reason for my account being disabled at all. And as I look back on all the things that I did on Facebook I realize that not a single thing that I did was a legitimate reason to disable my account.

  9. I’m personally happy for all the people who at least received Facebooks so called “warnings” about their “misuse of the site”

    My account was disabled just this morning and what kind of warning did I receive?

    None

    No reason for my account being disabled at all. And as I look back on all the things that I did on Facebook I realize that not a single thing that I did was a legitimate reason to disable my account.

  10. Facebook disables my account

    I didn’t send spam, I just wanted to invite my school friends to join my group of classmates.

    I think it’s wrong and unfair to disable my account.

    The only thing I wanted, was to invite my old classmates that aren’t my facebook friends to join my group who has as a title “(School name 1995 classmates”

    I e-mailed disabled, info, appeals@facebook.com and nothing happens…

    Please tell me what can I do to re-enable my login account…
    I am desperate

    Yours,
    Giorgos Georgiou

  11. Facebook disables my account

    I didn’t send spam, I just wanted to invite my school friends to join my group of classmates.

    I think it’s wrong and unfair to disable my account.

    The only thing I wanted, was to invite my old classmates that aren’t my facebook friends to join my group who has as a title “(School name 1995 classmates”

    I e-mailed disabled, info, appeals@facebook.com and nothing happens…

    Please tell me what can I do to re-enable my login account…
    I am desperate

    Yours,
    Giorgos Georgiou

  12. I see people talking about the limits of Use on Facebook and no clear definition of them.

    there is a simple solution to the problem it is called programming. Code the delays right in to the program so that they cant be misused.

    But when you steal someone elses code and scab it together for your own use one tends to overlook these things.

    One thing i find really disturbing is that if you want to read any of the comments Zuck makes you have to do so on his facebook blog.

    This means you have to agree to the terms of his site and become a member. in order to even read the terms of service you are bound by a clickover contract that states in essence. Just being on the site you have agreed to the terms. So in order to read the terms you first have to be bound by the terms.

    This done by a man that preaches free flow of information on the internet.
    Wish i could read those articles without having to agree to some 6000 word contract first.

  13. I see people talking about the limits of Use on Facebook and no clear definition of them.

    there is a simple solution to the problem it is called programming. Code the delays right in to the program so that they cant be misused.

    But when you steal someone elses code and scab it together for your own use one tends to overlook these things.

    One thing i find really disturbing is that if you want to read any of the comments Zuck makes you have to do so on his facebook blog.

    This means you have to agree to the terms of his site and become a member. in order to even read the terms of service you are bound by a clickover contract that states in essence. Just being on the site you have agreed to the terms. So in order to read the terms you first have to be bound by the terms.

    This done by a man that preaches free flow of information on the internet.
    Wish i could read those articles without having to agree to some 6000 word contract first.

  14. Grounds for class action lawsuit against facebook:

    Shroyer v New Cingular Wireless Services Inc
    held that a class action waiver and mandatory arbitration clause in a mobile phone contract was unenforceable because it was unconscionable under California law.

    WE’RE GOOD TO GO !

  15. Grounds for class action lawsuit against facebook:

    Shroyer v New Cingular Wireless Services Inc
    held that a class action waiver and mandatory arbitration clause in a mobile phone contract was unenforceable because it was unconscionable under California law.

    WE’RE GOOD TO GO !

  16. As for you Scobelizer……

    Is your support Payola?
    It sure stinks like it.
    I can’t believe somone who’s opinion i respected could do such an about face.

    Oh well c’est la vie………….

  17. As for you Scobelizer……

    Is your support Payola?
    It sure stinks like it.
    I can’t believe somone who’s opinion i respected could do such an about face.

    Oh well c’est la vie………….

  18. Meeting the president of Pakistan huh?
    I’m impressed a supposed internet God (freedom) meeting with the leader of a country with a history of some of the most flagrant human rights violations and one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

    Zuck you suck man truly…
    Are you that impressed with yourself that you are oblivious to what you are doing or even who you sanction by meeting with them.

    Was this a productive meeting?
    I mean the Prez of Pakistan is in trouble in his own country and I am sure he just popped in to get a few pointers from Zuck on how to further repress his countrymen in Pakistan.
    After all Zuck is a real pro at repressing rights and setting up ambigous draconian rules.

    Way to go Zuck like i said you suck.

  19. Meeting the president of Pakistan huh?
    I’m impressed a supposed internet God (freedom) meeting with the leader of a country with a history of some of the most flagrant human rights violations and one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

    Zuck you suck man truly…
    Are you that impressed with yourself that you are oblivious to what you are doing or even who you sanction by meeting with them.

    Was this a productive meeting?
    I mean the Prez of Pakistan is in trouble in his own country and I am sure he just popped in to get a few pointers from Zuck on how to further repress his countrymen in Pakistan.
    After all Zuck is a real pro at repressing rights and setting up ambigous draconian rules.

    Way to go Zuck like i said you suck.

  20. We need to put a crimp in facebook’s earnings… because they earn off of us and, in return, do not provide services, only nazi-like restrictions and unspecified terms of service. I think a class action lawsuit with thousands of people suing for $10,000 each sounds about right.

  21. We need to put a crimp in facebook’s earnings… because they earn off of us and, in return, do not provide services, only nazi-like restrictions and unspecified terms of service. I think a class action lawsuit with thousands of people suing for $10,000 each sounds about right.

  22. Oh stop pandering to them. Facebook is run like a Gestapo-type organization and deserves to be treated this way. There is no room in America for a “company” like facebook, with unfair terms of usage, who abuses the rights of consumers, to not be held accountable for their actions. Here are two more recent incidents:

    http://getsatisfaction.com/facebook/topics/13_reasons_your_facebook_account_will_be_disabled#reply_505834

    http://getsatisfaction.com/facebook/topics/13_reasons_your_facebook_account_will_be_disabled#reply_505870

    Zuckerberg, you’d better get off your fake shyness because I’m getting tired of your lame act. I’m collecting case files for a class action and suit and I will see you and your sham of a company in court.

  23. Oh stop pandering to them. Facebook is run like a Gestapo-type organization and deserves to be treated this way. There is no room in America for a “company” like facebook, with unfair terms of usage, who abuses the rights of consumers, to not be held accountable for their actions. Here are two more recent incidents:

    http://getsatisfaction.com/facebook/topics/13_reasons_your_facebook_account_will_be_disabled#reply_505834

    http://getsatisfaction.com/facebook/topics/13_reasons_your_facebook_account_will_be_disabled#reply_505870

    Zuckerberg, you’d better get off your fake shyness because I’m getting tired of your lame act. I’m collecting case files for a class action and suit and I will see you and your sham of a company in court.

  24. I really appreciate your help here. I am a good Facebook user and a good, rule abiding person, and I would never purposely break your rules. Ever. I made a first time and only time mistake like this after being a happy user for over two years. I am not a repeated “troublemaker,” as my account surely shows. Please give me a second chance to prove that this was a misunderstanding and that I was not purposely breaking your rules. I will not make the same mistake twice…but I also believe in getting a chance to right a wrong. I have had a heartbreaking week, and I did not and would not ever do what I was accused of here.

    Thank you, Christopher Greco

    crgreco@gmail.com

  25. I really appreciate your help here. I am a good Facebook user and a good, rule abiding person, and I would never purposely break your rules. Ever. I made a first time and only time mistake like this after being a happy user for over two years. I am not a repeated “troublemaker,” as my account surely shows. Please give me a second chance to prove that this was a misunderstanding and that I was not purposely breaking your rules. I will not make the same mistake twice…but I also believe in getting a chance to right a wrong. I have had a heartbreaking week, and I did not and would not ever do what I was accused of here.

    Thank you, Christopher Greco

    crgreco@gmail.com

  26. Dear Facebook,

    My two-plus year old Facebook account was disabled last week suddenly and I did not understand why until I received an email saying that I had exceeded the number of permitted messages in a short amount of time. I was messaging American Bar association law student leaders who like me were just appointed to positions by the ABA. The students I messaged joined a new group I started. They are all willing to state that I was not maliciously messaging them or harassing them in any way. I have never before “spammed” anyone, and I did not know I was doing what Facebok considers to be over-messagiig until it was too late. However, no one I sent a message to would say I was harassing them, and they are willing to support me.

    I have never before been accused of this in all the time I have been a Facebook user. I have always carefully followed Facebook’s rules. I would never, ever maliciously message or “spam” anyone. Facebook’s automated system misinterpreted me, and I am being punished for it. However, I still now know your rules, and it will not happen again. I am so upset over this, because I feel like I am powerless to prove that I was misinterpreted.

  27. Dear Facebook,

    My two-plus year old Facebook account was disabled last week suddenly and I did not understand why until I received an email saying that I had exceeded the number of permitted messages in a short amount of time. I was messaging American Bar association law student leaders who like me were just appointed to positions by the ABA. The students I messaged joined a new group I started. They are all willing to state that I was not maliciously messaging them or harassing them in any way. I have never before “spammed” anyone, and I did not know I was doing what Facebok considers to be over-messagiig until it was too late. However, no one I sent a message to would say I was harassing them, and they are willing to support me.

    I have never before been accused of this in all the time I have been a Facebook user. I have always carefully followed Facebook’s rules. I would never, ever maliciously message or “spam” anyone. Facebook’s automated system misinterpreted me, and I am being punished for it. However, I still now know your rules, and it will not happen again. I am so upset over this, because I feel like I am powerless to prove that I was misinterpreted.

  28. It’s really weird that since there are limits of usage (amount of searches etc), why cannot the limits be clearly told in the terms of use. And why is there only a warning to “slow down” and not a simple warning about the risk of getting Your account disabled. Using the app for what it clearly is made for (getting connected with people) is “persistent misuse”???? And no or very slow reply after very quick disabling???? WTF??? People actually may have over 100 other people they know.
    Ridiculous.

  29. It’s really weird that since there are limits of usage (amount of searches etc), why cannot the limits be clearly told in the terms of use. And why is there only a warning to “slow down” and not a simple warning about the risk of getting Your account disabled. Using the app for what it clearly is made for (getting connected with people) is “persistent misuse”???? And no or very slow reply after very quick disabling???? WTF??? People actually may have over 100 other people they know.
    Ridiculous.

  30. Hi Mark,

    i am really sorry to be bothering you. But yesterday afternoon, i suddenly found my facebook account disabled for ‘Persistent Misuse’. I can safely state that i do not spam, do not send unsolicited emails or do nothing that could be damaging. However, i must have violated some principles of facebook. But i am not sure what it is. I have not also received any warning messages. So please could my account be reactivated with a note as to why i got disabled. This would help me to follow your rules more vigorously.

    I am sorry if my usage of facebook has caused any inconvenience. I have over 1600 friends and i do stay in touch with quite a few on a daily basis. So please reactivate my account so that my life can restart. I feel totally disconnected… :(

    Thank you very much.

    In anticipation

    Warm regards,

    Nishith Takia
    nish.takia@gmail.com

  31. Hi Mark,

    i am really sorry to be bothering you. But yesterday afternoon, i suddenly found my facebook account disabled for ‘Persistent Misuse’. I can safely state that i do not spam, do not send unsolicited emails or do nothing that could be damaging. However, i must have violated some principles of facebook. But i am not sure what it is. I have not also received any warning messages. So please could my account be reactivated with a note as to why i got disabled. This would help me to follow your rules more vigorously.

    I am sorry if my usage of facebook has caused any inconvenience. I have over 1600 friends and i do stay in touch with quite a few on a daily basis. So please reactivate my account so that my life can restart. I feel totally disconnected… :(

    Thank you very much.

    In anticipation

    Warm regards,

    Nishith Takia
    nish.takia@gmail.com

  32. Facebook diactivated my account saying that I was ‘missusing Facebook’ and that I was ‘violating its terms of use’. I never did such a thing. I am very angry because I had pictures on Facebook that were special to me, and I can no longer get them back now. Also, I had all my friends from my former school on Facebook, and I have no other way of contacting them.

  33. Facebook diactivated my account saying that I was ‘missusing Facebook’ and that I was ‘violating its terms of use’. I never did such a thing. I am very angry because I had pictures on Facebook that were special to me, and I can no longer get them back now. Also, I had all my friends from my former school on Facebook, and I have no other way of contacting them.

  34. And you can happily forward my comments to him; many people have been calling him and his puppet-like “board of directors” for being banned for no good reason, within about 30 seconds of being “warned”… our next step is to take the man and his so-called creation to court.

  35. And you can happily forward my comments to him; many people have been calling him and his puppet-like “board of directors” for being banned for no good reason, within about 30 seconds of being “warned”… our next step is to take the man and his so-called creation to court.

  36. I had to laugh when I read this blog. Do you realize how many unsatisfied users of facebook there really are? Thanks to their paranoid, big brotherish, some would even say Gestapo practices of locking users out of their own accounts for no good reason and sending them form responses… many people have realized that Myspace is a much much better option. At least there you realize the true freedom of the internet. And Mark Zuckerberg a genius? Hardly. Maybe you are too easily impressed by a man who merely steals the architecture of others. If he was as intelligent and savvy as you claim him to be, he wouldnt have messed up facebook as badly as he did. Did you know how many complaints people have lodged with the Better Business Bureau regarding Facebook and did you know there are lawsuits in progress regarding their cavalier treatment of their membership? Stop looking through your rose-colored glasses and see this man for what he is. And by the way, you completely side-stepped the issue of him stealing architecture from others and using it on his own site– but thats ok, as one of his close friends, I know its your responsibility to present his good side. Im here to show everyone the other side and show a more balanced view of the man. And on the following blog page, you’ll see many many other unsatisfied users as well:

    http://getsatisfaction.com/facebook/topics/13_reasons_your_facebook_account_will_be_disabled

    I have been and will continue to get the word out about the truth behind Facebook and how it seeks to curtail users freedom (which, after all, is what the internet is all about), to find out personal information about its users (its not a crime to anonymous, but it IS a crime to obtain information that wasnt willingly offered by the user in the first place) and to place restrictions on its membership that are akin to some of the worst practices of an authoritarian, Nazi-like regime.

  37. I had to laugh when I read this blog. Do you realize how many unsatisfied users of facebook there really are? Thanks to their paranoid, big brotherish, some would even say Gestapo practices of locking users out of their own accounts for no good reason and sending them form responses… many people have realized that Myspace is a much much better option. At least there you realize the true freedom of the internet. And Mark Zuckerberg a genius? Hardly. Maybe you are too easily impressed by a man who merely steals the architecture of others. If he was as intelligent and savvy as you claim him to be, he wouldnt have messed up facebook as badly as he did. Did you know how many complaints people have lodged with the Better Business Bureau regarding Facebook and did you know there are lawsuits in progress regarding their cavalier treatment of their membership? Stop looking through your rose-colored glasses and see this man for what he is. And by the way, you completely side-stepped the issue of him stealing architecture from others and using it on his own site– but thats ok, as one of his close friends, I know its your responsibility to present his good side. Im here to show everyone the other side and show a more balanced view of the man. And on the following blog page, you’ll see many many other unsatisfied users as well:

    http://getsatisfaction.com/facebook/topics/13_reasons_your_facebook_account_will_be_disabled

    I have been and will continue to get the word out about the truth behind Facebook and how it seeks to curtail users freedom (which, after all, is what the internet is all about), to find out personal information about its users (its not a crime to anonymous, but it IS a crime to obtain information that wasnt willingly offered by the user in the first place) and to place restrictions on its membership that are akin to some of the worst practices of an authoritarian, Nazi-like regime.

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