Zuckerberg: I've made so many mistakes

The young billionaire behind the world's most popular social network has admitted making more mistakes than he cared to think about in running Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the frank admission at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday. ''Basically, any mistake that you think you can make I've probably made or will make in the next few years,'' he said. But he argued that Facebook's popularity granted him a degree of leniency. "I think, if anything, the Facebook story is a great example of how if you're building a product that people love you can make a lot of mistakes, and I just think that for almost any industry or product that you're in it's just all about building products that people like. If you do that you can do so much other stuff wrong and like learn from that.''

In an hour-long on-stage interview, Mr. Zuckerberg also espoused the benefits of Facebook Messages, launched earlier this week. He said he expected communications to move away from the email model to an IM-like system such as Facebook Messages, which he described as ''a lot more natural''.

''When we kind of got started about how to build a messages product, we didn't come at it from the perspective of 'oh let's add email functionality'. We came at it from the perspective of 'let's take away everything that we can.'"

Moderator John Battelle also touched on user concerns over privacy, using Facebook Groups as an example. Facebook users can add their friends to groups without seeking permission.''People don't like being added to those [Facebook] groups in the first place. The question drew a sharp response from Mr. Zuckerberg. ''Well they can leave those groups,'' he said. Mr. Battelle later observed that Facebook tended to ask for forgiveness rather than permission from users. ''That seems to be a Facebook trait: that [you] keep pushing that envelope until 'oops, sorry."'

In an obvious dodge, Mr. Zuckerberg said Facebook's view is that being Facebook friends with someone gives that person the right to do certain things on your behalf, such as adding you to groups or tagging you in photos. ''Our view is that the friend relationship is meaningful." He also briefly summarised the Google-Facebook battle over data ownership, saying that ''everyone owns their own data and has the right to export it.''

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''Our view is that the friend relationship is meaningful."

He knows damn well that ain't true. I don't know why Facebook thinks even 'Friend of a Friend' is someone I would care about or trust in the slightest. That could be anyone!

The Group feature is the wrong way. He needs to fix the List feature so that people would use them, and make lists actually useful for classifying your friends.

Spoken like a truly seasoned CEO. Every Fortune 500 company has someone well-known enough to write a worthy autobiography which details their failures and tribulations before making it big in the world and then gives advice to young entrepreneurs to never fear failure. Looks like Mark Zuckerberg is walking in their shoes.

I think it's more that they stroll the politically correct line by following and copying stuff from their peers then even listening to people that use their services and if anything ignore it. In fact, this is the reality of technology world we've created. It's all legal and trending rubbish then people give bad or no feedback, then the moment you give some constructive feedback or suggestions you get over 9000 reasons why it wouldn't be good for x legal, ethnic, social or religious groups or whatever reasons under the sun they can think of without taking any thought for the feedback.

Like it says they make stupid mistakes because they[he] can, they don't care, and they will continue to do so because they're exploiting good nature of a lot of people and they're so big now so many people are voiceless to them unless they're a government, media or an industry sledge hammer.

---62 Pari lt--- said,

100 % agree

being Facebook friends with someone gives that person the right to do certain things on your behalf, such as adding you to groups or tagging you in photos.

100 % agree

midtx350z_RT said,

100 % agree

If it so then why don't he has a permission to export his email address . If it so , then he will tag you on stupid pose ...

it is so annoying thing about such features .

midtx350z_RT said,

100 % agree

Being friends with someone doesn't mean I have the same views or opinions as they do. It shouldn't be up to anyone else which groups I join.

---62 Pari lt--- said,

100 % agree

I agree would agree with this now that we have actual groups separated from those "likey" bull**** things. I'd hate it if people could add me to all those obnoxious pages... Let's pull one as an example.

... ... ...

"a brunette is jumping over the railroad tracks and is chanting 22 over & over again. blonde comes by..."

What the **** is that? No I don't want to join that. As long as those are separated from real groups, sure. Add me. Though the request system is nice, I don't think I'd mind too much.

Gaurav Agrawal said,
I watched The Social Network yesterday, and I sort of agree with him...nice movie though....

so ? this is not a right place to discuss so ! Btw, good to see here an Indian guy

I think Friendship page is also a problem, though it doesn't show anything new...but still it compiles all interactions between two friends.....which can be used for wrong purposes.

Edited by GauravAgr, Nov 18 2010, 7:03am : wrong post

---62 Pari lt--- said,

so ? this is not a right place to discuss so ! Btw, good to see here an Indian guy

It's relevant. Post is regarding mistakes my Mark, so is the movie....

Gaurav Agrawal said,
I think Friendship page is also a problem, though it doesn't show anything new...but still it compiles all interactions between two friends.....which can be used for wrong purposes.

Kind of, but isn't this just the next natural extension of the old "wall-to-wall" feature?

Gaurav Agrawal said,
I think Friendship page is also a problem, though it doesn't show anything new...but still it compiles all interactions between two friends.....which can be used for wrong purposes.

Really? I was ecstatic the first time I saw that. It's so nice to see a compilation of things between myself and some of my closest friends. It's like a scrapbook someone put together over the years and just handed to me out of the blue. Almost special.

i kind of like facebook email to an odd extent...yes i can talk to my facebook people via email in a quick paced environment - thats what i like...but id still only use this for mobile, which mobile im usualyl using texting..so theirfore..this is only good for my Facebook friends without that ability to text...the end..merry christmas.