When I was watching the launch event for Facebook Home, a loud
alarm bell started ringing for me when Mark Zuckerberg said words
to the effect that “phones should be about more than apps - they
should be about people” — by which of course he meant “about
Facebook”. The problem with this is that actually, we’ve spent the
last 6 years making phones about more than just people. People use
Facebook on their phones a LOT, yes, but they do a lot of other
things as well. If all I wanted was a phone about people I’d be
using a $20 Nokia with a battery that lasts a month.
The same point, I think, applies to Google Glass. If you spend all
day in the Googleplex, thinking googly thoughts about data
ingestion and Now and the interest graph, then having ‘Google’
hovering in front of your eyes instead of rubbing on a phone seems
like a really obvious progression.
What a great connection. Corporate solipsism is exactly right.