Is Facebook A Threat To Silicon Valley?

June 9, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

Is Facebook threatening Silicon Valley? Farhad Manjoo outlines the case against:

  • Silicon Valley used to be about innovations and making new things. Google made its name in search and is now trying out driverless cars. Facebook is just a social network.
  • The brightest engineers at Facebook are trying to figure out how to get people to click on ads rather than deliver new visions and products.

But Manjoo argues quite convincingly that these fears are unfounded noting that:

  • Facebook has helped Silicon Valley. People can now comment on websites using their Facebook accounts rather than having to go through the tedious process of creating different accounts for different sites.
  • Facebook has also meant a transfer of wealth from Wall Street to Silicon Valley through its IPO.
  • Connecting people – the very core of Facebook – is an innovative and useful tool in and of itself.

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Source: Slate