When software gets judgmental
I love Facebook as much as anyone but what's with the judgment? This morning I looked up an old colleague from my days at Sun Microsystems, a guy who attended my wedding a decade ago. Facebook found him but says he has "no friends." Really? How does it know? Sheesh.
Now I understand this is just nomenclature. But I wonder if in this rich, digital world we've created, we've lost the idea of what it means to be a "friend." Maybe all we're interested in is the vastness of our personal network. Relationships? What are those?
This matters to me as an investor because, if I'm right -- if we care more about quanity, rather than quality, of connections -- there are some network-centric business models out there ripe for an implosion. Facebook may be one. LinkedIn may be another.
FWIW and Foolish best,