HTML5 Rather Than Native – One of Facebook’s Biggest Strategic Mistakes

“I think the biggest mistake we made was betting too much on HTML 5 rather than native. It’s just not there.”

“We burnt 2 years. It is really painful. We’ look back on that and see that one of the biggest strategic mistakes we made.”



Starbucks also encountered significant issues with HTML5 as well:

Starbucks initiated a project to use HTML5 in hopes of making its website work well across the many mobile browsers. “It worked but it taught us it was too hard,” said K.C. MacLaren, director of mobile and emerging technologies at Starbucks. Starbucks’ website is relatively “high functioning,” with a lot of JavaScript, making it hard to replicate, he said. It took too much work to transition the site to HTML5 and make it run well on the many browsers that run on mobile phones, he said.

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Finally an insightful book on social media!

Social Media Is Bullshit

An interesting read about the hucksters, idiot-infused and empty buzzword-filled world of “Social Media”.

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RIM Following the Path of Palm to Oblivion?

News reports indicate RIM may be moving towards a Palm-esk split of the company
– hardware and services.

My guess would be they split three ways:

  • hardware
  • spin QNX back out (since it is somewhat arms-length at the moment still)
  • mobile cloud services

My predictions:

  • Facebook picks up the hardware business and puts their own version of Android on top of it tailored to Facebook (ala Amazon Fire)
  • Samsung picks up QNX
  • RIM continues as a mobile cloud services company

Klout – the internet equivalent of herpes?

Charles Stross has described the klout service as “the internet equivalent of herpes”.

ref: WikipediaEvil Social Networks

Charles Stross raises a good point that services like this demonstrate how 3rd parties can data-mine information about an individual without their permission or awareness – amplifying internet privacy issues in general.

Personally I find services like Klout that generate “social media scores” to be  yet another passing social media fad with no real value for users other then entertainment.

BTW, my klout score is here  lol.

For those interested in related topics:

What is the Mood of the Nation?

Mobile applications, combined with cloud computing and software offers the unique ability to reach out to the world and collect real-time information from the community. Ever wonder what the “Mood of the Nation” might be at any given hour? How about over a week? Month or more? The iPhone app “Mood of the Nation” does exactly that.

If you do not have an iPhone, you can still view the results online.

If you have an iPhone or iTouch – download the application and add your mood to the world view.

Social “Things”

There is a lot of interest these days regarding social “things” and their potential to change how people communicate.   There are currently three main categories of social “things” on the internet today:

  1. Social Bookmarking is a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web resources. Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren’t shared, merely bookmarks that reference them.  Digg, Delicio are current examples of widely used social bookmarking services.
  2. Social Network Services focus on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services. Social Networking has encouraged new ways to communicate and share information.  Social networking services such as Facebook and Linkedin are being used regularly by millions of people.
  3. Social Media are media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media supports the human need for social interaction, using Internet- and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers.   YouTube, Picasa, Flickr are examples of widely used social media services.

Some social networking statistics from 2009 are available here.