This time, Andreesen directs his attention to the suggestions - by such illustrious commentators as the Wall Street Journal and Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer - that Facebook and social networks are really nothing more than Geocities with a few updating bells and whistles. Um, no.
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Social networking and the Geocities fallacy
OCT 4, 2007
When I take someone through Ning for the first time, 49 out of 50 people look up at some point and say brightly, 'Oh! It's like I can have my own Facebook!' or 'my own Myspace!' or 'my own Youtube!'. And I say 'yes!', smile, nod, and continue.
But every once in a while, I'll take someone through Ning and he or she will look up at some point and say brightly, 'Oh! It's just like Geocities!' And I say nothing, fake smile, grit my teeth, and resist the urge to throw myself out of the window.
A Geocities analogy to Ning, or any modern social networking service, is so screamingly wrong that I thought time passing -- and more people using social networking services -- would fix the small but nagging problem automatically.
I was incorrect.