So I’d be wary of anything the devil does.
Clearly a company that started off in a college dorm and became a multi-billion dollar company in the span of ten years must be in league with the devil.
If not the devil himself.
How else would you explain Facebook’s meteoric rise to the top of the social media food chain?
Sure, they’ve got millions upon millions of users.
Sure, they extract a pound of flesh from advertisers to hawk their wares to Facebook’s captive audience.
Sure, their IPO netted them a gazillion dollars.
Enough is enough!
If you’ve been paying attention, startups on Facebook’s roster are batting zero.
Case in point.
Let’s look at the giant’s appetite over the past decade, shall we?
- Connect U – shut down
- Friend.ly – shut down
- Gowala – shut down
- Lightbox.com – shut down
- Face.com – defunct
- Threadsy – shut down
Suffice it to say, not all acquired companies fare well under Facebook’s oppressive thumb.
And these are just the more public purchases that Facebook has made.
There are scores of others too obscure to mention, scattered across Facebook’s post-acquisition landscape.
Facebook claims that WhatsApp will continue to operate independently, but their track record doesn’t paint a convincing picture of post-acquisition bliss.
And while, Instagram, Branch and Friend Feed are still thriving on-going concerns, who can say when they will cease to please the devil and have their heads lopped off?
Facebook is a fickle beast, no?
I’m just saying.
I use WhatsApp.
I like WhatsApp.
Unlike most of Facebook’s crap, there are no distracting ads or mindless drivel mucking it up.
So you’ll forgive me if I think that Facebook’s acquisition to WhatsApp can’t possibly bode well for me and countless other WhatsApp users.
Sure, the creators of WhatsApp are making out like bandits, but who gives a fuck about them?
My misgivings are not without merit.
It’s happened before.
It can happen again.
I predict that Facebook is either going to scuttle WhatsApp completely or turn it into some ad-laden behemoth that I won’t want to fuck with.
With a track record like their’s,
the devil Facebook is not to be trusted.