I hope Facebook doesn’t become the standard bearer for Web 2.0, because I work for a Web 2.0 company, I like my job, and want to keep it.
It is a better-designed version of MySpace that’s not crawling with illiterate teenagers (yet), with more toys.
Even those of us too-old-for-MySpace will get sick and tired of the games, quizzes, and that god-awful SuperPoke. You have to have the brain of a 4-year-old for the novelty of Facebook to not wear thin after a few weeks.
I personally joined the bandwagon when Facebook opened their API to third-party developers. There was a lot of hope this would unleash the creativity of hundreds of talented engineers who’d cobble together the solutions to all of our problems and display them in the form of a neat widget on our Facebook page.
Three months later, I’m unconvinced. I’ve taken a couple of quizzes, I’ve been superpoked more times than I care to mention, and the most useful thing I’ve partaken in is an email exchange with a friend with whom I used to communicate via…email.
That billion dollars that Yahoo offered the Facebook founders is starting to sound more and more generous.