The Next Billion-Dollar Idea: A Giant Internet Love Fest

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

I’ve been on Facebook for a few years now. Many of my friends are jumping the Zuckerberg Ship and heading over to Google+.

They are the early adopters, and the newest thing always seems shinier.

But the switch makes people start all over again.

You have no friends. You have zero places or things that are cool. All your famous quotes disappear.

Switching social media platforms is exactly like moving to a new school as a young adolescent.

Quite scary. You look around the lunch room, nobody looks familiar, and you realize there is a lot of work ahead of you if you want a dance for the sock hop.

What if we could move to a new location, but bring our old school, and old friends, along with us? That would be righteous.

Imagine a world where Yahoo! Mail could not send messages to G-Mail. Where Hotmail didn’t communicate with AOL.

Of course, these scenarios would seem insane to us now.

So why do we accept that Facebook can’t send messages to any other website, like MySpace or Google+?

When will the big internet companies understand it’s not important to be the biggest social medium on the net? It’s more important to make your website communicate with others in a rapidly changing world. Sure, there will be thousands of social media sites to come along in the future.

Mr. Zuckerberg, please realize that several years ago MySpace was the number one site on the internet. But it didn’t adapt or grow. It wanted to remain number one and refused to cooperate with others.

It failed.

This could happen to Facebook too if it is kept in an insular bubble. Either open the gate and let it play with the entire internet, or risk peril. The choice is yours.

There’s plenty of room in the sandbox. There’s only one rule. You have to share the toys.


About Blog Boss

Jim MacKenzie and Sarah Giavedoni are the creators of the blogs Stuff Monsters Like, the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight, and more. When they are not blogging, they are devoted to managing the Asheville Blogger Society, watching movies, running a completely unrelated nonprofit, and making money at their paid employment.
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One Response to The Next Billion-Dollar Idea: A Giant Internet Love Fest

  1. A Young Person says:

    I love your idea ! That would be awesome. Especially when I know I don’t want to switch to google+ but I want to be able to talk to my friends who are switching and be able to see their pictures and you know… spie on their life.

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