Why Mark Zuckerberg’s First Public Response To Google+ Is The Right One
July 06, 2011 at 16:41 PM EDT
Editor's note : This guest post is written by Tom Anderson , the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace. Today at the Facebook news conference , a reporter asked Mark Zuckerberg what he thought of Google+. Zuckerberg responded by saying that lots of companies are going to build things like video chat, but Facebook competitors also have to build up their social graph first. Facebook's job is to just keep innovating. It's a perfectly reasonable response, and of course, he's exactly right—the challenge is to get the user base, and make it easy for them to use your product. Done and done for Facebook. The integration looks great. Some pundits are complaining that the technology is not new, but that's besides the point. Case in point: at MySpace we launched what Zuckerberg is announcing in 2007 (try googling "myspace skype partnership" ), and MySpace also had one-on-one video chat back in 2004. The point is that people weren't really ready for it back then—now is the time, and Facebook has the user base.