Comments on: Facebook.coop http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:30:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: buy fifa 15 coins http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-538 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:15:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-538 The longchamp handbags outlet tributes to Longchamps heritage by harkening back to past collections. The leather can be used in the smoothest and many organic form using a lighting patina effect and also in warm shades, to provide a antique visual appeal towards the different types. A restrained, stylish and easy

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By: basilbeshkov http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-330 Thu, 24 May 2012 22:56:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-330 Great article. Amazing vision, but it is unfortunate that they have already taken the irreversible IPO step.

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By: Paul Smalera http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-168 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 18:47:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-168 For what it’s worth, the largest co-operative in the world, The Co-operative Group, had £11.9 billion in revenue last year and has 6 million members.

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By: RBone http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-167 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 17:56:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-167 Seriously,that would never work. I understand your desire to have a say and get rich by whatever means possible. After all, we do live in a society that is driven by consumerism and where greed is an important part of our culture. However, the fact is it is doubtful large corporations are going to invest in a company with 800 million users and whom all have a say in the day to day operation. It’s a pipe dream, and one taught by liberal universities. Moreover, there is not one hugely successful business in the world that is run that way. All business’s must have strong leadership and having 800 million leaders would not work.

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By: IanKemmish http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-166 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 17:03:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-166 The short answer, surely, is that doing this would be entirely redundant. There is already an “Open Source” clone of Facebook which, a priori, is “controlled by its users”. If Mr Smaleri wants a social site that doesn’t reek of capitalism, then he is entirely free to user this (or even vk.ru!), rather than undemocratically telling business people what they “should” be doing. The fact that Mr Smaleri is apparently unaware of the Open Source alternative may help explain why Facebook’s current business model is successful.

The problem with high-tech co-operatives of course is exactly the problem that has always stalked the Open Source community itself – in practice resources aren’t allocated by its users, but merely by a bunch of high priests, replacing autocracy with oligopoly. What’s so great about that (unless Mr Smaleri hopes to be one of the few)?

Indeed, resources cannot practically be allocated by the users. The hypothetical charity example shows how social media give people the illusion of power without responsibility – just ten similar suggestions would bring the business to its knees. When I was in business I got a dozen suggestions a week about what I was doing wrong – most of them mutually incompatible, many dangerous, but any of which, in the scenario Mr Smaleri gives would easily attract millions of votes. (My response was always “become and OEM and take the risk yourself” – that always stopped the conversation dead in its tracks!)

Of course, Mr Zuckerberg will, if he is a good businessman, be guided by the best ideas of his customers – the advertisers – but not by random crowd movements in his audience, who are not his customers.

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By: Douglas77 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-165 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 16:29:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-165 Look at all the latchers on. gimme gimme gimme. Or He shoulda-woulda-coulda.blah blah blah. How bout you all create your OWN social network?? Then you can be Master??
Wow! What a concept!

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By: AsKSeattle http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-160 Sat, 04 Feb 2012 00:37:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-160 This model has been tried before, its called communism. Instead of shoulda woulda coulda, why don’t you start your hippy communist social network and see how many people actually sign up.

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By: cp61 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-157 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 21:30:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-157 Whoa, better check the ‘shrooms at that Park Slope co-op.

rontflmao~~~

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By: cp61 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-156 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:38:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-156 shae the wealth brotha~~
yea~~ share it.
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By: lhathaway http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/2012/02/02/facebook-ipo-should-be-a-coop/#comment-153 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:35:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/paulsmalera/?p=249#comment-153 Nice idea, but MZ will never go for it. Nor would the advertisers and investors who are looking to make zillions out of all those user habits and friends. Nice idea though. I might even think about joining if it were a coop, but probably not. The internet is a great thing but some things are best left out of it.

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