David Gelles meets Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in Friday’s Financial Times and looks at the prospects for the world’s biggest social network, with 225m active users:
“Even as he reacts to new threats, Mr Zuckerberg is intent on extending his company’s reach and deepening its connections with its members. In this, at least, he has shown some remarkable results. Facebook’s user numbers are growing quickly – more than half have signed up in the past year. It is available in 50 languages and in just about every country in the world. Perhaps most importantly, Facebook users seem to be addicted. The site, it turns out, is “sticky”. More than 100m users log on to the site at least once a day.”
FT correspondents in Cairo, Rhiyadh and Dubai have been investigating how social networking and sites like Facebook and Twitter are being used in the Arab world, beyond the protests in Iran:
“When Wael Abbas, an Egyptian blogger and political activist, was detained by prosecutors in April after an altercation with his neighbour, a police officer, he used Twitter, the social networking website, to keep the world updated on his interrogation.”
We are about to try something a bit different on this blog. I have reviewed the book Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson for Thursday’s FT and you can read the start of the review below. But, instead of leaving it at that, we are using the review as the stepping-off point for a debate.
Chris has agreed to respond to my review, and his first salvo will be published tomorrow morning here, at the same time as readers of the paper in Europe get a chance to read my review. I don’t know of any other cases (although there may be some) where an author has responded to a review simultaneously.
Intel has so far dominated the high-growth netbook category with its Atom microprocessor, but that position is unsustainable, according to one of its chip rivals, Nvidia.
Chips based on ARM of the UK’s designs are set to drive a new wave of netbooks, smartbooks, Mids (mobile internet devices) – call them what you will – going on sale over the next six months, and Intel is in no position to compete, it claims.