Monday, May 10, 2010

Which Big Company Will Launch the Private Facebook Alternative?

Loren Feldman at 1938media makes the case for a large-scale Facebook alternative that caters to users looking for PRIVACY.   He suggests that Aol is best positioned to go that route.

Sounds pretty developmentally inevitable to me.  There will be open social networks and closed social networks.  The open play makes sense for Facebook at this time, but I expect that at least one large-scale CLOSED social network and many more gated niche players will soon emerge.  Google, Microsoft, Apple, Aol, IBM, Yahoo or even MySpace are companies that could make big gains by branding themselves as stewards of your privacy.