I picked up a discarded Fast Company magazine at the YMCA today, and in it I found a great article about Chris Hughes. Hughes was a Facebook co-founder and left to join the Obama campaign where he was responsible for the innovative social networking tools available on My.BarackObama.com. I don’t know much about how Facebook got started beyond the Harvard bit and annoying Mark Zuckerberg. It turns out Hughes was the non-code-writing co-founder, the “people person.” Changes to Facebook over the last year or so have been met with remarkable criticism and user outcry, many for good reason. Remember the privacy flare up? The “all your data are ours” nonsense from just recently? How about the thousands of users who dislike the new Facebook homepage (this user included)? Maybe Facebook wouldn’t be in those messes if they still had people people. I’m sure Zuckerberg can write some mean code and that his minions can too, but Facebook seems to be turning into a Twitter on steroids, and in the process, losing that ability to connect real people to each other that made it so great. As an Obama supporter, I’m grateful that Hughes joined the team and helped us organize ourselves, so grateful, in fact, that I don’t care that Facebook may end up ugly and abandoned without his vision: “If it’s real people and real communities, then it’s valuable. Otherwise it’s just playing around online.” (quoted in Fast Company)
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