Microsoft in talks to invest in Facebook: report

Microsoft Corp is talking to Facebook about buying a minority stake in the fast-growing online social network that could value the company at $10 billion or more, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Monday. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal said the world's largest software company sought to buy a stake of up to 5 percent in Facebook for $300 million to $500 million.

Facebook, led by its 23-year-old founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, may insist on a valuation as high as $15 billion and is considering raising up to $500 million in cash to expand its operations, according to the Journal. Such a deal could help Microsoft better compete against Web search leader Google Inc for a growing base of online advertising and put one of the Internet's hottest names firmly in Microsoft's camp. Google has also expressed an interest in investing in Facebook, the Journal report said.

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The big difference is, while both may have crap, it's pretty easy to avoid it with facebook. With myspace, it's nearly impossible.

facebook rocks!! google version of facebook is the worst spam place ever! (if you sill donno what it is.., its Orkut!!)

90% of the people i find in orkut are spammers. At least, facebook preserves users privacy and has some strict restrictions but i find all other social networking sites to be crap. Facebooks interface is good. you can add the applications you trust, show virtual emotions. its a true social networking place!

I dont think microsoft joining/buying a part of facebook will ruin facebook in any way.[sarcasm] may be they will rewrite the code in .net from scratch[/sarcasm] but otherwise its good! lol

myspace just turned into a spam, porn, and under-age fest... i hate myspace.

facebook FTW


google made a mess of myspace lol.. thats there kick in the mouth for the year

Everything I liked about Facebook to disappear with the introduction of app's. People fill their pages up with crap, and you get spammed asking you to add every application. Sigh. It really is starting to get like MySpace 2.0 AJAX edition in there now.

You can mark Applications that you constantly receive invites for as Spam. I.E. Werewolf, Vampire, Compare People. Etc. Nobody makes you add these apps, and while it is annoying, it isn't a dreadful task to click Deny/Ignore.

I don't see how people are even comparing Myspace to Facebook. Facebook is far superior and is far less open to all the crap that happens on myspace (i.e. spam, idiotic layouts, etc).

-Spenser

MySpace was and still is **** though. That being said, it seems Facebook is following suite, so it could be high time to start my own social networking site. Think i'll call it Facespace, Mybook, Myface or even Faceme.

Samboini said,
MySpace was and still is **** though. That being said, it seems Facebook is following suite,

Can you please provide examples or somehow justify that?

Last time I checked Facebook was growing almost exponentially.

Zhivago said,

Can you please provide examples or somehow justify that?

Last time I checked Facebook was growing almost exponentially.

In terms of usability and streamlined interface... its really going down the tubes... especially with the implementation of applications.

shockz said,

In terms of usability and streamlined interface... its really going down the tubes... especially with the implementation of applications.

...which no one forces you to use. They are optional. The more you add, the more you gonna clog your page. If Facebook didn't offer any apps, people would be whinning the other way around.

Zhivago said,

...which no one forces you to use. They are optional. The more you add, the more you gonna clog your page. If Facebook didn't offer any apps, people would be whinning the other way around.


Wrong... when your friends add them you see the junk on their profile... I have to scroll 5 mins just to see a wall on a few of them.

Sure you can minimize them... but more and more junky applications are coming out daily.

shockz said,


Wrong... when your friends add them you see the junk on their profile... I have to scroll 5 mins just to see a wall on a few of them.

Sure you can minimize them... but more and more junky applications are coming out daily.

Exactly. Hence why I said it is turning ****. Facebook used to be about a streamlined, easy to read, flowing intelligible page, now it is just rammed with tacky applications which detract strongly from the sites origins.

Zhivago said,
Again, is it Facebook's fault that you have 200+ friends and 99% of them are immature?

Yes... facebook should regulate how their pages are displayed or make better guidelines for apps.