So you think you can blow off Facebook?


I don’t think so.  Take a look at this interesting discussion of two big US retailers (Target and Wal-Mart) using Facebook.  Social networking is here to stay.  The real question is which type of social networking tools will you use and for what purposes?  Maybe a quicker way to say it is this ‘Who are you where?”

Facebook Sponsored Group Analysis: Target vs Wal-Mart

Here’s more on this topic – http://blogs.msdn.com/industry_social/archive/2008/03/17/social-networking-in-retail.aspx

Even more interesting for developers I think is this fact – not only must we contend with different systems, but, more importantly, different languages as we are asked to work in these disparate environments.  The purists out there ‘just want to write code’, but those of us who have a more practical bent are becoming more and more interested in leveraging visual programming tools – whether they be built into the IDE (for example Windows Workflow), or appear as new types of IDEs (such as PopFly). 

Check out this guy, Gary Vaynerchuck from Wine Library TV – he gets it and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.  BTW…I recently met him in person – he’s a character!

Gary's hooked up

What do you think?  Which social networks will you / do you write applications for now?

Comments (1)

  1. Larry says:

    Facebook is clunky., let’s write (design) a better one.  (after September, of course)

    Your comment on coding is right on.  I’m training my kids to be more designers than coders.

    I’m surprised to see the MS Evangelists drag controls into the source code instead of the visual designer during webcasts.  I thought it may be because Live Meeting takes a while to update graphics, but then I saw them do it at MSDN events, so I guess it’s tough for them (like me) to leave the code.  Fortunately, old age and death will cull those habits from the population, lol.