Master of 500 Hats: Kottke is wrong — Facebook isn’t AOL; it’s Visual Basic.
Facebook — or more accurately, the Facebook Platform — is the equivalent of Visual Basic for the Web. Because it provides a simple & easy way for anyone –ANYONE — to build a quick & dirty little app that can be deployed quickly on Facebook. Hell, i haven’t coded anything more advanced than HTML in over 10 years, and *I* even got the basic tutorial app to run.
And that’s why Facebook is going to dominate the Web.
After Kottke’s “Facebook is the new AOL” rant, here comes another stupid metaphor. I wonder if Facebook platform is the VB for the web, then what does that make Facebook? Microsoft Windows? Next up: Facebook is the new God because it got me laid.