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Facebook is whining

Posted on | July 21, 2008 | 4 Comments

Facebook is suing this site, claiming the site to be a ‘Facebook Knockoff’.

If your business model entails some kind of global monopoly that allows you to decide how people can meet other people, your business is untenable.

Please stop using Facebook. If this lawsuit goes through it will set precedence that can be regurgitated to say “All graphical desktops are Windows knockoffs’, or even worse, ‘All blue jeans are Levis knockoffs’.

To Facebook: if you had any hopes of reaching a non English speaking European market, you would have done so. Don’t throw a legal hissy fit as a consequence of your own oversights. If ever you make watches, you are free to re-start your ‘knockoff’ hissy fit.


4 Responses to “Facebook is whining”

  1. aaron j
    July 29th, 2008 @ 2:11 am

    You may wish to brush up on your computer history. Desktop GUIs are knockoffs of Apple computers.

  2. tinkertim
    July 29th, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    Actually, I believe that GEOS (for the Commodore 64) came out prior to the Apple (or even Xerox) GUI.

    I might be wrong on that. Anyway, Windows was just an example :)

  3. Henning
    August 8th, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

    Anyway, StudiVZ sucks and really is a facebook mock, and many people here in germany wondered why facebook isn’t suing them much earlier.

    I like the Idea of kaioo – a german non-profit company (not sure what’s the exact termin in english, they have to use their profit for the sake of the common folks) working on building a social network.

    They don’t do advertising xyet,m but as soon as they do, they want to ask their users how they should do it, and to which organization (things like WWF, FSF, etc, are in discussions) they give the money generated with this.

  4. tinkertim
    August 8th, 2008 @ 5:17 pm


    Good to see you back, hope all is well :)

    For the Google impaired: kaioo

    I’d love to see social networks give back to the social networks that built the free software on which they depend :)

    Regardless of popular opinion surrounding Studivz, Facebook is still acting like an elephant on cocaine (that it bought from its lawyers).

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