9 Sep 2011

Monopolies don't negotiate

As you may know, I do not want to "participate" in Facebook, * but its monopoly power over parts of the internet means that I had to create a new account.

A few notes:

The SJ Mercury News and LA Times -- so far -- require that you have a FB account to comment. This monopoly on commenting is not good for consumers. First, because some people (50 percent of the US population!) do not have FB accounts. These people are excluded from debates. Second, FB's "real people leave better comments" marketing pitch to newspapers excludes trolls at the same time as it excludes people who'd prefer to leave thoughtful, but anonymous comments.

Please do NOT friend me on FB; I'm not adding "friends" there. You can connect to me via LinkedIn. I use Google+ for some social communications, but it's best to email me if you want to REALLY talk :)

Making the best of it, I set up a FB page for The End of Abundance. I will read and reply to comments left on that page. Please "like" the book (see box on right sidebar or click here).

Bottom Line: Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

* If the website is free, then the product is you.