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  • Facebook Turns Up The Heat In Video Tug Of War With Google [View article]
    To your endless one-note barrage I can only say:
    Irrelevant, Incompetent, Immaterial.
    Jul 4, 2015. 11:57 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Live App Showdown: Instagram Vs. Snapchat Vs. Periscope [View article]
    So, it depends on the event and what's going out from the phones. As a practical matter, unless you ban phones, it would be impossible to control content. If I were at a concert, I'd be more into streaming the personal experience. But I can imagine many who want to rebroadcast a paid event to give their followers a freebie. One solution is to include a royalty fee in the ticket price.
    Jul 3, 2015. 12:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook Turns Up The Heat In Video Tug Of War With Google [View article]
    So what? It's the same cut as YouTube!
    Jul 3, 2015. 11:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook Turns Up The Heat In Video Tug Of War With Google [View article]
    Gwyn, a cheering section is, by nature, never as annoying as a booing section, except, of course, to the boobirds. Also, at least on SA, the fanboys restrict themselves to one-liners, while the bears go on and on with tiresome diatribes.
    Jul 3, 2015. 11:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Live App Showdown: Instagram Vs. Snapchat Vs. Periscope [View article]
    Thanks for an important look at the players in the live feed space. There seem to be two audiences here, one for private individuals feeding live events to their friends/followers in real time -- no production or curation -- the other is the content creator, who records the event, then produces and/or curates it. One may have an interest in generating revenue, the other not. I see Snapchat makes a big deal of recording events into Stories. Is there a copyright issue here?
    Jul 2, 2015. 10:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook Turns Up The Heat In Video Tug Of War With Google [View article]
    A cogent bear argument is valuable for tamping down irrational exuberance. But repetitive rants, regardless of topic-at-hand, are annoying. And being negative, which a bear is by definition, only aggravates the annoyance.

    Yes, I've noticed that bj doesn't say negative things about others' comments, which is admirable, though not responding directly to others' rejoinders -- the polite ones, I mean -- makes one suspect he's a sock puppet.

    Finally, bj's comments can be offensive, for the continual implication that for not appreciating his insight, FB bulls are rather obtuse.
    Jul 2, 2015. 05:05 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook Turns Up The Heat In Video Tug Of War With Google [View article]
    Whoa, there! Beta testing is by definition a very limited rollout that shouldn't say one thing or another about "exuberance". In fact, beta testing should have as small a user base as possible, pace Windows, since you want to expose your audience to as few bugs as possible.

    Anyway, I don't think Mr. Zuckerberg is any more exuberant, any less calculating than, say BillG was at this stage of the game. I agree with the author that FB is showing the cool one would expect from a winner.
    Jul 2, 2015. 03:33 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook Turns Up The Heat In Video Tug Of War With Google [View article]
    In the ad business 10 x sales (or billings) is a buyout pricing benchmark. Not saying it makes Twitter a buyout value, but as one valuation metric, 10 x sales isn't out of line.
    Jul 2, 2015. 03:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook preps Suggested Videos feature, video ad revenue-sharing [View news story]
    That's like quibbling over the substance of phone calls. The service is providing infrastructure for communication, not creating content. I should say, without too much exaggeration, that FB is today's analog of T as Bell Telephone, the dominant communication infrastructure, with others, like Twitter and Snapchat, playing GTE and Continental, i.e. no real competition to the FB monopoly. Theoretically, FB could meter usage, like the phone company, but since that wouldn't work on the Internet, its business model uses advertising to generate revenue.
    Jul 2, 2015. 01:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mediocre Analysis Shrouded In Mystery: Credit Suisse And The mREIT Ratings [View article]
    I, too, get annoyed with "analysis" that's no more than data plugged into boilerplate. But there's an argument in its favor. For some, data by themselves, without context, are not very informative. Placing them in a narrative gives them context. Content providers doubtless have templates for every data set. This can be automated. Why automate? Because a narratives-from-data can thus be generated for thousands of issues. This is efficient for the provider and useful, for example, to Pablomike's dad, who constitute, I dare say, a sizable audience.
    Jul 2, 2015. 01:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook preps Suggested Videos feature, video ad revenue-sharing [View news story]
    Not really. Think of it as a place where people you know gather. So, if I'm not tired of my friends and family, then I'm not tired of Facebook...or Instagram or Whatsapp.
    Jul 2, 2015. 11:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook: Messenger Going Non-Social Hints At Enterprise Solution Aspirations [View article]
    Dallas, speaking of SnapChat and where it is now, here's a snarky review from Ad Age, of Snap's CEO's presentation at Cannes:
    http://bit.ly/1eZ6sDs
    Jun 30, 2015. 09:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Facebook Really Worth More Than Wal-Mart? A Value-Based Comparison [View article]
    "a highly transient industry such as social media"

    Really? The infrastructure for people communicating with other people in real time, 24/7, wherever they are. That's transient? I think that puts you in the category of people who thought talking pictures were a fad.
    Jun 30, 2015. 07:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook: Messenger Going Non-Social Hints At Enterprise Solution Aspirations [View article]
    What, you think maybe Tim is cruising Mark? ;)
    Jun 30, 2015. 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook: Building Out The Messenger Ecosystem [View article]
    You arbitrarily characterize the 300M users, whom the author counts on FBM's picking up, as either not wanting or having a "fb" account.

    First, let's stop using the canard of "fb" equaling Facebook proper. FB equals not just Facebook but Instagram, WhatsApp, and FBM, as well as other non-messaging entities. So please, when referring to Facebook proper, say Facebook, not "fb". When users want Instagram or WhatsApp or FBM instead of Facebook, they still want FB. And FB is the name of the stock, which is, after all, what we're talking about here.

    Second, once the nomenclature is straightened out, it's apparent that although Facebook is bleeding target demo users, it is bleeding them largely into Instagram or WhatsApp or FBM. Target demo users may not want to reside in Facebook, but they couldn't care less if Instagram and WhatsApp and FBM are units of FB, as long as they know there's an identity firewall between them.

    Third, the fact that FB has uncoupled FBM from Facebook is acknowledgement of the reality that "the future growth of FB lies in mobile...." If the target demo want to jump the Facebook ship, then FB want to be sure they're still swimming in the FB ocean.

    That said, I presume the 300M users the author expects FBM to pick up are coming from outside the FB ecosystem. If so, then FB is presenting a more diverse product line to those users. If Facebook doesn't interest them, then perhaps FBM (now with a separate login) or Whatsapp or Instagram will. It's obvious to me that uncoupling FBM from Facebook will in itself bring in new users. Marketing it will be a matter of getting the word out the FBM is now Facebook-free, assuming Facebook is some kind of impediment to gaining FBM users.
    Jun 29, 2015. 02:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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