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Mark Zuckerberg’s IPO letter and Facebook’s vague social mission

Thursday, February 2, 2012

imageThe Facebook CEO’s incredibly vague and, dare we say, sophomoric, letter to would-be shareholders contained in the company’s prospectus is drawing plenty of flak. Count Silicon Valley Watcher Tom Foremski among the unimpressed. An excerpt:

He spends many paragraphs saying pretty much not much at all, wishy-washy phrases, said in different ways: how Facebook enables people to share, that sharing is good, that open government is good, and that sharing helps people's relationships; and how it's good to connect people, and to give people voice. At times he makes Facebook sound like a phone company. Reach out and share with someone -- it makes the world a better place. 

Add: Forbes describes the letter as a “data miner’s delight” and has the psychology department chair at the University of Texas poring over it critically, line by line.

Noted: My favorite Zuckerberg declaration: “We hope to strengthen how people relate to each other.” Huh?


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