Brett_Tabke - 3:35 am on Dec 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
Geocities could have done it - TriPod could have done it - Angelfire could have done it - then there was Lycos and Excite; the list of those that "could have done it" is very long (including this site).
The difference between the functions of Facebook and that of Geocities is almost too insignificant to bother to talk about. However, the minor differences in format, tone, and simple function are the difference between the alsoruns in the dot com morgue, and a worldwide empire worth 10's of billions. The difference, is vision.
Mark Zuckerberg has held a vision and stuck to it since The Facebook launched. In the next year, it could pass a billion users. It is already the most visited site on the web. Of course he is a candidate for man of the year. No one in tech has executed a vision like this since Larry and Sergy, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates. In fact, he reminds me a lot of Gates in his approaches, mannerisms and what people say about him. That is the highest compliment I could possibly pay any business man in the USA today.
The current tech bubble is completely because of the social media surge of Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Whether we like it or not, or if it bruises your sensibilities, Facebook is here to stay and the name Zuckerberg will be with us for alot of years to come.
We had the best year since 2007 for the business. Thanks Mark.