Who Is Going To Be The First To Buy Facebook? Could It Be Microsoft?

Mark Cuban is making an assumption that Microsoft could be in a position to buy Facebook and take advantage of what Facebook is offering net-citizens. It is his opinion that Facebook has become the Internet and poses a real problem for both Apple and Google. But what Facebook doesn’t have is a lot of cash to throw around, which is something Microsoft could help with. If Facebook could come out with its own mobile operating system like Google, Apple, and Microsoft have done, it could control its own destiny. Mobile phone companies who choose to use the Facebook mobile operating system would skyrocket to the top, pushing all other phones to the side.

Mark Cuban also states that:

It wont be long, if it hasn’t already happened, that Google and Apple will see Facebook as a unique threat to their future.  Apple has some level of connection to its customer/users, Google has minimal if any connection to its users. Facebook knows more than all of us like to admit about its users. It has our personal information, our pictures, our friends, our family members, our employers, and business associates all in a database and it is extending that information base to what we like on sites outside the Facebook platform.  Plus it is creating its own currency. Just as important is the fact that we are progressively spending more time on Facebook than we are sites and applications that Apple and Google can control .  That is a threat to Apple and Google.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the concept of Apple excluding Flash from its mobile platform would have been laughable. It’s not any longer. Both Apple and Google have to see Facebook as the greatest threat to their futures. The question is what do they do about it and how does Facebook respond?

Enter Microsoft. Already a shareholder.  Already with a mobile and desktop operating system /development platform. Most important, already with billions in cash and the capacity to pay 15 or 20 Billion dollars or more to acquire Facebook.

There is no doubt that this is NOT the direction that Facebook wants to go. It wants to remain independent. But just as Apple and Google quickly turned from friends to foes, Facebook will soon be the object that both of those companies see in the rearview mirror.  I don’t see either Apple or Google as being suitors to buy Facebook. That isn’t their style. On the other hand, it’s straight out of the Microsoft playbook. If you can’t beat them or outlast them, buy them.

Time will tell, but there is no question that Facebook is quickly becoming the biggest threat to the futures of Apple and Google.

But is this a realistic scenario?  I believe it is. Like Mr. Cuban says, this would be the ideal time for Microsoft to make a move and put both rivals Apple and Google in their place. The Redmond giant has been struggling against both companies and what better way to take the lead but to buy Facebook and move ahead at warp speed?

It could call the new company Micro-book.

Or are those who are saying that Facebook is the new Internet full of beans?  You decide. Share your thoughts.

Comments welcome.


Will Everything That Is Free Eventually Fail?

I just happened to stumble onto an article by Mark Cuban and his take why everything that is free will eventually fail. He makes mention of some of the web’s favorite freebies such as Twitter, Facebook, and also Google. His theory is that there is what are called “Black Swans” who will have a better idea and end up kicking the other companies’ asses. Of course the “Black Swan” offerings will also be free. Interesting.

Mark Cuban also states:

For Google, who lives and dies by free, we don’t know who their BlackSwan company will be. But we all know it will happen don’t we? The only question is when. Of course Google knows it as well. Which is exactly why they invest in everything and anything they possibly can that they believe can create another business they can depend on in the future.  They are spending incredible amounts of money in search of the “next big Google thing.”  When their BlackSwan competitor appears, they won’t be in a position to compete with the newly presented model, particularly if it’s free based because their ecosystem has bloated to the point where they can no longer create anything for free.

Google is not unique. The same happens to all companies based on free.

The same will happen to Facebook, Twitter, pick any company who lives off of free.

It’s not that they can’t make money offering free. They can, have, and will. The problem is that they know that it’s literally impossible to be the king of the mountain forever. But that won’t stop them from trying. And that is exactly what will kill them.

I must admit that this is a powerful argument. But then one could also argue that this happens to powerful companies as well that made a ton of cash over the years. Yes, I am thinking of GM. But there are other companies, free and well paid, that have failed and gone out of business. Think dotcom bust and Circuit City

What do you think? Will free companies all fail?

Comments welcome.


Copy The Error Text Message To Notepad

I recently wrote an article in which I praised using the forums to obtain help with computer problems. Some comments were less than flattering with some of the experiences they have had using the forums. But there is a problem in which the poster who asked for assistance, provides faulty information to the helpers. So was the case this morning in one of the forums that I associate myself with.

Freddy poster [not the real time] asked for help concerning a Windows error message he was receiving that he vaguely described and gave the eror message code. There was only one problem. Freddy copied the code wrong. So after a few of us attempted to isolate what the code really was, Freddy got pissed and told us to forget it. So this is for all of the Freddies out there who may experience a Windows error test message and how to copy the file to notepad.

While the error message is on the screen, press the CTRL + C keys at the same time. The text will be copied to the clipboard.

Open notepad and press CTRL + V which will copy the exact error message.

Save the message for future use. You can than copy the exact error message and post it into the forum message box when you post your problem. You will get speedier service and hopefully a proper diagnosis of your problem.

Hope this helps.

Comments welcome.

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Sharing information on the Internet can sometimes be easier said than done. A lot of services exist to help with storing and transferring large photos, videos, music, and so on, but if you just need to transfer a line or two of text to someone, then you’ve probably become used to either sending out an e-mail or an IM message. These methods do work in most cases, but an online service called cl1p.net makes transferring simple information even simpler.
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