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  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:06 am on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Groupon, , Mark Zuckerberg, , , , , social network, , The Social Network, , , , ,   

    I, for one, welcome our new social overlords 

    Disclamer: I thought that Google Wave was an excellent idea, so you can safely disregard my blathering here.

    Here’s what I’m picturing in my head: Google has approached Facebook and Twitter on the playground. Twitter stole a piece of Facebooks lunch, but can’t really hold onto it. After a few threats and a bit of running around and a few ineptly thrown punches Google got itself into position to really clean Facebook’s clock and take its lunch. Foursquare and Groupon which earlier evaded Google’s punches in the most ebarracing for Google way possible are likely to be lunchless later. It is rather strange that Google does not go after scrawny TV Guide and White Pages – it looks like their lunches are not that tasty.

    Yes, it’s just another social network. Yes, Google has a track record of failing fast and frequently (which if I remember correctly is a “good thing”). But remember, a bunch of incompetent coders received such an applause, press coverage and a whole evem some money to build a Facebook alternative. And finally mighty Skynet is doing the same thing. I think the company behind the mighty Skynet and the future parent of our robotic overlords has a chance against a bunch of compiled spaghetty PHP.

    P.S. Zuckerberg and his approach to privacy creeps me out, so I have deleted my Facebook account and turned it into a blank account used only for work (writing Facebook apps, testing and such). I’m completely fed up with the character limit on Twitter – it’s nothing more than a feed from my blog. But I do want to share photos, and I do want to post shorter, non-blog-worthy thoughts. I’m really rooting for Skynet here.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:44 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ariel McNichol, , Community, David Kopp, , , , , Free improvisation, Inside Facebook, mEgo, Mohammad Naqvi, , , Sr., The Social Network, , ,   

    Inside Facebook: Life, Work and Visions of Greatness 

    As an early engineer, I was on the inside during Facebook’s explosive growth. In Inside Facebook, I’ll give you the scoop on the company as it became the premiere online environment for U.S. college students, including how and by whom the products were made, how you can use them best, views on what makes social networks so valuable, and where the industry is headed. You, too, can achieve startup success and attain your greatest dream; I hope to inspire you toward fulfilling your potential.

    “Love the book. It captures the ethos of the place and a substantial degree of the vision and drive which is a secret to success.”
    -David Kopp, Sr. Director, Community at Yahoo!

    “Inside Facebook is a compelling look inside at a fascinating moment. It’s a riveting read. Karel may be an Engineer, but after reading Inside Facebook you’ll see he’s a great storyteller. I couldn’t get myself to stop reading and wanting more.”
    -Ariel McNichol, CEO of mEgo.

    “I love the style. It’s made for college students, like Facebook. Karel takes you into the personalities and minds behind Facebook. A must read for young entrepreneurs, and anyone into online social networking.”
    -Mohammad Naqvi, UCR, creator of Facebook Notifier at fbQuick.com

  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:45 pm on July 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Deadprogrammer's Cafe, , , Friending, , , , , The Social Network, ,   

    Facebook Page For Deadprogrammer.com 

    In a desperate bid to shore up deadprogrammer.com readership I’ve created a Facebook page. Please go and become a “fan” of it on Facebook. The idea is that once you become a fan, a message about that will appear in your friend’s news feeds. They’ll become curious and check out Deadprogrammer’s Cafe. That will result in an ego boost for me and a few fresh posts (one about the nature of time, and a series about my trip to my hometown of Odessa).

    Facebook fan page is a neat and low effort passive-aggressive way of promotion. They take just a few minutes to create. On the other hand, they look pretty lonely when you only have two fans yourself, and your mother. And my mom doesn’t even have a Facebook account.

    P.S. If you are friending me on Facebook, just mention that you are reading my blog or something.

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