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When software gets judgmental

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September 01, 2008 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: JAVA.DL , MSFT

 

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,

 Tim (TMFMileHigh) 

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#1) On September 01, 2008 at 10:08 PM, EnigmaDude (86.57) wrote:

LinkedIn is all about quantity, cuz you never know when a competitor could become a team member or a colleague could become an employee, or a business partner could be your best customer. 

Friends are a different story - you can never have too many.  But a real friend is not just a network connection.

So I guess you may be right:  quantity > quality.

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