Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Andreessen to join Facebook's board, train Zuckerberg in ways of the Force | The Social - CNET News.com

Hmm...

Perhaps most interestingly, Facebook's release refers to Ning as "a complementary platform to Facebook." When rumors began to swirl about Zuckerberg wanting Andreessen on his board of directors, some critics suggested that he'd have a conflict of interest as co-founder and chairman of a potential rival. But Ning is more a Web 2.0 spin on the discussion forums of old (say, 1998), allowing members to create micro-niche communities centered around discourse. Facebook, for many, is the 21st-century edition of an address book: highly effective at what it does, but centered on maintaining connections rather than letting interest groups flourish. Facebook's own "Groups" feature, for example, is very stripped-down compared with Ning.

Andreessen to join Facebook's board, train Zuckerberg in ways of the Force | The Social - CNET News.com

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