Senators vote 75 to 24 to glue an endorsement of Internet sales taxes onto a Democratic budget bill, despite opponents predicting the idea is antibusiness and a “bureaucratic nightmare.” The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly today to endorse levying Internet sales taxes on American shoppers, despite warnings from a handful of senators that the proposal is antibusiness, harmful to taxpayers, and will be a “bureaucratic nightmare.” By a vote of 75 to 24, senators adopted an amendment to a Democratic budget resolution that, by allowing states to “collect taxes on remote sales,” is intended to eventually usher in the first national Internet sales tax.
The vote follows a week of fierce lobbying from the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represent companies including Walmart, Target, AutoZone, Best Buy, Home Depot, OfficeMax, Macy’s, and the Container Store. They argue that online retailers, which in some cases do not collect sales taxes at checkout, enjoy an unfair competitive advantage over big box stores that do. ”We believe this is the fair thing to do,” Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said during this afternoon’s floor debate. “Otherwise they’re competing against retailers who don’t collect.”
The amendment, drafted by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wy.), is nonbinding but nevertheless represents an important political milestone for Internet tax aficionados. The overwhelming vote count now likely allows them to bypass the Senate Finance committee, headed by Democratic Sen. Max Baucus from Montana, a state without a sales tax — and representatives in Washington, D.C., who would like to keep it that way. In Montana, Baucus said during the floor debate today, “sales tax is anathema.” But, he warned, what the amendment “says is eventually you can have a sales tax in my state. So in effect we’ll be forced to have a sales tax.”
Montana businesses selling through the Internet or mail order to other states will have to “collect and enforce” those other states’ sales taxes, Baucus said. “I’ve never heard this happening before…. It’s a terrible precedent.” Taxpayer advocates say Enzi’s amendment amounts to a multibillion dollar tax hike on American consumers that shouldn’t be tucked into an unrelated budget bill (PDF). The National Taxpayers Union set up a petition to Congress this week saying Enzi’s bill is “really just a way to unleash state tax collectors on the Internet,” and 15 conservative groups sent a letter last week to members of Congress saying an Internet tax law is “is bad news for conservative principles and the cause of limited government.”
They’re joined by eBay, an association of small Internet sellers called WE R HERE, andNetChoice, which includes Facebook, Yahoo, LivingSocial, and AOL as members. ”It’s discouraing but not unexpected,” Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, said after the vote. He said the Enzi amendment was “not even vaguely related to the underlying bill” that will be offered for a binding vote later this year, so it would be a mistake to predict the vote count would be the same. That binding vote would come in the form of the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013(S.336), introduced last month, which has 26 Senate cosponsors and would authorize state governments to collect taxes from remote sellers with more than $1 million in gross receipts. But it takes effect only if state governments sufficiently simplify their labyrinthine tax laws. In New Jersey, for instance, bottled water and cookies are exempt from sales tax, but bottled soda and candy are taxable. In Rhode Island, buying a mink handbag is taxed, but a mink fur coat is not.
The current legal and political landscape was shaped by a 1992 case called Quill v. North Dakota, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled: “Congress is now free to decide whether, when, and to what extent the states may burden interstate mail order concerns with a duty to collect use taxes.” Under the Quill ruling, out-of-state retailers generally don’t have to collect taxes. One exception to that rule is a legal concept called “nexus,” which means a company can be forced to collect sales taxes if it has a sufficient business presence, which is why Amazon.com wasn’t required to collect sales taxes in California until recently. Another exception is the sale of cigarettes, which is covered by the Jenkins Act.
As a practical matter, many Americans already pay sales taxes on Internet purchases, especially as Internet retailers including Amazon and even Apple have opened stores or warehouses in more states. But smaller retailers, including Newegg.com, Systemax’s TigerDirect.com, and eBay sellers are less likely to have nexus. Durbin released a statement this afternoon saying the vote was on an “amendment summarizing” the Marketplace Fairness Act, and that “today’s vote proves that an overwhelming majority of Senators support this bipartisan legislation.” The National Retail Federation circulated a statement after the vote saying:
“The retail community is unified in our commitment to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act and make it law. NRF members will continue to educate and lobby legislators on the importance of leveling the sales tax playing field for all retailers — no matter their preferred channel.” The National Taxpayers Union, on the other hand, responded by saying: “Lawmakers claiming to be taxpayer advocates had no business backing this amendment, which opens the door to a host of threats to taxpayers…. Polls asking the question fairly show that the more they understand (the proposal), the more stridently citizens oppose the bill. They will not walk away from this fight simply because of a cleverly engineered parliamentary maneuver.”
If the Internet is a series of tubes, then those tubes are jam-packed. An Intel infographic shows all the amazing things that happen in just one minute on the Internet. The Internet is a busy place. Usually, we’re all just puttering along online, watching silly cat videos, checking e-mail, and occasionally getting some work done. If you truly were to comprehend everything happening on the Internet at any given moment, it would drive you mad, much like Bowman in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
“The thing’s hollow–it goes on forever–and–oh my God–it’s full of Internets!” Fortunately, Intel has broken down what happens in an Internet minute into an easy-to-digest infographic. First, let’s look at the big-daddy number. Every minute, 639,800GB of global IP data is transferred. That’s a little hard to really wrap the mind around, so let’s get into some of the telling details.
In a single minute of Internet time, 204 million e-mails are sent. Online denizens view 20 million photos on Flickr. Twitter processes 100,000 new tweets and 320 new Twitter accounts are created. That’s more than five new Twitter users per second. No wonder it’s so hard to keep up with all that tweeting. If you thought Twitter was busy, then check out the stats for YouTube. An Internet minute is filled with 30 hours of videos uploaded and 1.3 million video views (most of which probably involved “Gangnam Style” last year). Social media is certainly popular. Though people might say they’re taking time-outs from Facebook, there are still 6 million Facebook views and 277,000 logins every minute.
At least Wikipedia is taking it easy, with six new articles published each minute. So what does all this mean? It means the Internet is crazy popular. Intel says the number of networked devices out there is equal to the world’s population. We’re definitely putting all those devices to use. This data also may make us wonder a bit about the future. As the number of devices continues to rise, will our Internet infrastructure be able to keep up? Intel expects the number of networked devices to be double the world’s population by 2015. At least we still will be limited by the number of hands and eyes we have available at any given time.
The new Twitter app for Windows 8 has some familiar features as well as a few new ones that are specific to Windows 8. We’ll show you how to get started with the new app. Twitter released its first-ever Windows client yesterday for Windows 8. The client supports the usual array of Twitter features, but also includes a few that are unique to Windows 8. Here’s how to get started with Twitter for Windows 8:
Download and install the Windows 8 Twitter app from the Windows Store. The first time you launch the app, you’ll need to log in with your Twitter username and password to authorize the app. The second time you launch the app, you may be prompted to allow Twitter to run the in background. If you want show quick status notifications on the lock screen, you should allow it to run in the background. You can always go back to PC settings and change it later if you change your mind.
Using Twitter for Windows 8
After authorization, you’ll see the familiar timeline as well as the navigation tabs on the left side of the app: Home, Connect, Discover, and Me. In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll also notice the Compose and Search icons. If you’re already familiar with Twitter, using the app to compose, reply, retweet, and favorite should be pretty self-explanatory.
Photo grid: A unique feature of the Twitter app in Windows 8 is the photo grid in profiles. When viewing a Twitter user’s profile, you can swipe photos or scroll horizontally and see them all in a grid. When you select a photo, it will display in full-screen.
Search and Share charms: Another distinct feature of the Windows 8 Twitter app is the Search and Share charms. From any app in Windows 8, you can search Twitter for hash tags or accounts using the Search charm. And with the Share charm, you can quickly share content from any app to Twitter. To access the Charms, just swipe in from the right edge of the screen or move the mouse to the lower right-hand corner. You can also use the keyboard shortcut,Win+Q for Search and Win+H for Share.
Snap view: One of the cooler features of Twitter for Windows 8 is the ability to snap the app to the side of the screen. This lets you view your timeline while using another app. To snap two apps side by side, bring in the second app from the left edge with your finger or the upper left-hand corner with your mouse. You can also use the keyboard shortcut, Win+. to toggle snapping the current app to the left, right, or back to full-screen.
Settings: If you want to change notifications, log out of the Twitter app, clear search history, or modify display settings, swipe in from the right edge then go to Settings > Options, or use the keyboard shortcut, Win+I and select Options. From Settings, you can also choose Permissions to change privacy settings, toggle notifications, and to allow or disallow the app to run in the background.
That’s it. The Twitter app for Windows 8 is great for Windows 8 tablet and hybrid users, but desktop users might be able to benefit from it as well. When used with StarDock’s ModernMix, it’ll run in its own window, making it function like a desktop client.
Facebook is reportedly working on incorporating the hashtag into the social network. A Twitter staple, the Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has plans to bring the hashtag to its service, offering users the ability to index conversations around a particular topic, just as they currently do on Twitter. Sources ”familiar with the matter” told the Journalthat while Facebook is working on the feature, it wouldn’t necessarily be released anytime soon.
Hashtags are already incorporated into Facebook-owned Instagram. Hashtags seem like the natural evolution of Facebook’s newly-released Graph Search. The search is currently limited to information input by users on their location, friends, and Likes. Adding hashtag support would enable an expansion of that search functionality, letting users tune into public posts based around certain topics such as #Elections or #HarlemShake as well.
For now, the social network is remaining mum on when or if it will be adding hashtags. A company spokesperson telling us simply, “We do not comment on rumor or speculation.” Would you like to see hashtags comes to Facebook? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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There are times when a virtual insult enters reality, as boxer Curtis Woodhouse proves when he is so annoyed by a troll that he pays him a visit. Several visits to bars when I was 13 taught me a simple thing: it’s rarely good to insult someone who’s larger and more muscular than you are. The Web, though, offers some theoretical protection from this maxim. The object of your bile doesn’t know who you are. There again, they could find out. Which is what British boxer Curtis Woodhouse decided to do after a particular annoying human being mocked him on Twitter. Woodhouse, you see, had just lost a fight for the English light-welterweight title. As so often seems to happen in this sport, the decision was controversial.
So he didn’t take too warmly to tweets from someone who calls himself “The Master” on Twitter and has the handle @jimmyob88. The Master had tweeted such masterful niceties as suggesting that Woodhouse was “a complete disgrace.”There are many ways to react to such tweeted mauvais-mots. Some tweet back, hurt or angry. Some simply retweet these nonsenses to show up the half-wittery.Woodhouse decided on a different course of action. He decided to pay the troll a visit and perhaps even explain that he didn’t like the cut of his jib by offering him an uppercut to it.
First, though, he had to find out who he was and where he lived. So he offered 1,000 British pounds (around $1,500) to anyone who could help him locate the Master. It didn’t take long. Money can be such a motivator. As the Sun reports, Woodhouse drove to Sheffield in the Yorkshire area of England and allowed his then 18,000 Twitter followers to come along for the ride. To start his trip, he tweeted: “Just on my way to Sheffield to have a little chat with a old friend, get the kettle on.”
When he got to the street that hosts the Master’s lair, he offered: “right Jimbob im here !!!!! someone tell me what number he lives at, or do I have to knock on every door #itsshowtime pic.twitter.com/H1qnYnbE6P.” The Master suddenly became remarkably reticent. ”I am sorry it’s getting a bit out of hand i am in the wrong i accept that,” he tweeted, with obvious sincerity. This was after he’d tried to offer: “Chill out pal I was only doing it so you would bite back it was only a bit of harmless fun.” Yes, he had merely been joking when he called Woodhouse “a complete disgrace.”
What an odd sense of humor he appears to have. Woodhouse, though, ultimately decided that discretion was the better part of thumping a big-mouthed coward into a week to be named later. Not being able to rouse the Master, he tweeted: “@jimmyob88 never came out to play so im going back home! maybe a bit daft what i did today but sometimes enough is enough.” Still, the boxer and former soccer player didn’t leave entirely quietly. He created the hashtag#jimmybrownpants and jested that he’d not realized he could have merely blocked the Master and saved himself gas money.
Troll is an odd word that seems to have taken on a multitude of nuances. In this case, though, it offers a description of someone who is happy to express the uglier side of his character until someone confronts him with himself. Then, he hides. I wonder what the Master will be tweeting in the coming weeks and about whom. If he’ll be tweeting at all. He has deleted every single tweet of his own, leaving merely a few retweets. A clue to his psyche, though, may have emerged from one of those retweets: “I like to attend self-defense classes for women every Monday. Just so I know what I’m up against.” Indeed.
Expressions of approval on the social network can accurately predict personality traits, sexual orientation, and intelligence, researchers say. Facebook users’ Likes on the social network may be unintentionally revealing their personality traits, sexual orientation, and intelligence, according to a study published today. By studying the Likes of 58,000 Facebook users on the social network, researchers at the University of Cambridge say they were able to determine users’ IQ, gender, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, and even substance use, with an accuracy rate of more than 80 percent
Expressions of approval on the social network for things such as photos, friends’ status updates, as well as pages for sports, musicians, and books, were analyzed by researchers employing a model that reduced the number of random variables under consideration. When compared with user-provided demographic profiles and other psychometric tests, researchers learned they had correctly predicted sexual orientation 88 percent of the time, ethnicity 95 percent of the time, and political leanings in 85 percent of the cases. ”This study demonstrates the degree to which relatively basic digital records of human behavior can be used to automatically and accurately estimate a wide range of personal attributes that people would typically assume to be private,” researchers said in the study, which was published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PDF).
“Likes represent a very generic class of digital records, similar to Web search queries, Web browsing histories, and credit card purchases,” researchers said. “In contrast to these other sources of information, Facebook Likes are unusual in that they are currently publicly available by default.” While recognizing that predicting attributes and preferences could be used to improve a wide range of products and services, researchers noted that there were considerable negative implications to the predictability model, especially when digital records are analyzed without individuals’ knowledge or consent. ”Commercial companies, governmental institutions, or even one’s Facebook friends could use software to infer attributes such as intelligence, sexual orientation, or political views that an individual may not have intended to share,” researchers concluded. “One can imagine situations in which such predictions, even if incorrect, could pose a threat to an individual’s well-being, freedom, or even life.”
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Facebook Takes a Bite Out of Twitter. How do you know when the news feed revolution is over? Putting added emphasis on news, the refreshed Facebook goes after a core feature of its biggest competitors. Today, Facebook promised to put the news back in its News Feed. At a press event at headquarters, Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly used the phrase “personalized newspaper” to describe the direction of the site’s core feature. And the Feed’s new features arguably make Facebook a better way to stay on top of current events than ever before.
With a dedicated tab for everyone you’re following and a renewed focus on photos, Facebook is aiming to create the kind of real-time information network that has made Twitter the top destination for news junkies. That hasn’t been possible before, not least because of Facebook’s opaque, algorithmic way of showing you stories. As Nick Bilton detailed this week in The New York Times, reaching followers has become more difficult in recent months as Facebook has started encouraging publishers to pay to “promote” their posts. The result is that anyone who follows a publisher lik might not see the majority of its posts, even though they’ve asked to.
Contrast that with Twitter, which displays every tweet from everyone a user follows. That can make the stream difficult to keep up with, particularly if you follow more than a couple hundred people. But at least a user can trust that tweets will appear in the stream as they are written — and not after an algorithm decides they are worthy of being delivered. And so the biggest change Facebook announced today, from the perspective of publishers and the people who want to read them on Facebook, is the “following” tab. According to executives at the event, the tab will show “every single post” from the people and publishers you subscribe to. If true, that will go a long way toward building trust in Facebook as a home for breaking news.
Meanwhile, news should look better on Facebook than it ever has, thanks to larger photos, expanded snippets of text from the articles that are shared, and their more prominent presentation on the page. Publishers have suffered through Facebook’s algorithmic changes because the site can still drive significant traffic to their pages — far more than the average post on Twitter or other social networks. If Facebook’s changes make it easier for them to reach their fans, they may develop a new appreciation for what the network can offer. But competitors are gunning for their attention, too. Facebook’s changes come as Twitter has moved to make its own stream more visual. Tweets have transformed from a simple string of 140 characters to “envelopes” for all sorts of things, including photos, music, and article snippets.
And while it far lags both of them in mind share, Google+ continues to polish its design in a way that puts photos at the forefront. Yesterday, the company rolled out a new look that includes larger cover photos, enhanced profiles, and a new tab of its own (for place reviews). Many readers remarked on the updated News Feed’s resemblance to Google+, which also features a narrow left rail with big icons and huge photos in the central feed. So yes, Facebook is trying to become “the best personalized newspaper.” But it’s not the only one. News is a major pillar of all the main social networks, and its role on each of them is only expanding. Facebook, Twitter, and Google started their social networks for very different reasons. But as the months go on, they’re looking more and more alike.
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Personal browser apps will go dead after May so TweetDeck team can focus on Web-based versions instead. Twitter is shutting down the TweetDeck apps for Android and iPhone, as well as axing the Adobe AIR desktop version, the company announced today through the TweetDeck blog. This means TweekDeck is taking the apps out of app stores in May and, shortly afterward, the apps will stop functioning altogether.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady trend toward people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices,” according to the blog post. “This trend coincides with an increased investment in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android — adding photo filters and other editing capabilities, revamping user profiles and enhancing search. That said, we know this applies to most of our users — not all of them. And for those of you who are inconvenienced by this shift, our sincere apologies.”
Twitter acquired TweetDeck in 2011. The apps let you see your Facebook updates and tweets, but Twitter is terminating support for that function as well. As these TweetDeck apps get closer to their expiration date, users should expect some outages because these versions rely on Twitter’s API, which the company is starting to retire this month. Instead of improving on the TweetDeck apps in the past 18 months, TweetDeck said it has been focused on building applications for Web browsers and a Chrome app. The operation has doubled its team over the past six months to allow for weekly updates to its Web apps.
Facebook has become a social network that’s often too complicated, too risky, and, above all, too overrun by parents to give teens the type of digital freedom they crave. To understand where teens like to spend their virtual time nowadays, just watch them on their smartphones. Their world revolves around Instagram, the application adults mistook for an elevated photography service, and other apps decidedly less old-fashioned than Mark Zuckerberg’s social network.
And therein lies one of Facebook’s biggest challenges: With more than 1 billion users worldwide and an unstated mission to make more money, Facebook has become a social network that’s often too complicated, too risky, and, above all, too overrun by parents to give teens the type of digital freedom or release they crave. For tweens and teens, Instagram — and, more recently, SnapChat, an app for sending photos and videos that appear and then disappear — is the opposite of Facebook: simple, seemingly secret, and fun. Around schools, kids treat these apps like pot, enjoyed in low-lit corners, and all for the undeniable pleasure and temporary fulfillment of feeling cool. Facebook, meanwhile, with its Harvard dorm room roots, now finds itself scrambling to keep up with the tastes of the youngest trendsetters — even as it has its hooks in millions of them since it now owns Instagram.
Asked about the issue, a Facebook representative would say only, “We are gratified that more than 1 billion people, including many young people, are using Facebook, to connect and share.” There’s no hard-and-fast data that quantifies Facebook’s teen problem. But we know — from observing teens, talking to parents and analysts, and from a few company statements — that age doesn’t become Facebook with this group. In recent weeks, Facebook has told us on two occasions about its teen-appeal problem. When it filed its annual report, it warned investors for the first time that younger users are turning to other services, particularly Instagram, as a substitute for Facebook. Then, earlier this week, Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman admitted that Instagram, an application he described as popular among the “younger generation,” is a ”formidable competitor” to Facebook. Which seems odd until you realize that the profit-hungry Facebook isn’t yet making a dime from Instagram.
What we do know is that Instagram is already a very popular service that continues to grow rapidly, and we believe, based on the information that we have, that it’s quite popular among these kinds of users that you’re asking about, the younger generation. It is very important for Facebook to build products that are useful to those users, and to build products that they feel comfortable…they can have a good experience with. Definitely high on the list of priorities for us.
The under-13, tween crowd, technically isn’t allowed to use the application, as dictated by the terms of service and a federal restriction (though the law is changing this July in ways that will make it easier for kids to join). Yet kids found Instagram anyway, largely because their parents wouldn’t let them join Facebook, argues Altimeter Group principal analyst Brian Solis. Teens 13 and up joined Instagram, he said, because Facebook became “too great” a social network, where they’re now connected to their grandparents. Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morissete would say, that Facebook, the onetime underground drug of choice for college kids, is now so readily available and acceptable that we all use it in broad daylight, and worse, at work? Sure, a 12-year-old skateboarder can derive some value from Facebook, but in the whitewashed kind of way that the rest of us use LinkedIn.
“We take pictures of food and landscapes,” Solis said, “but teenagers use [Instagram] to share pictures of themselves…the more you share, the greater the reaction, and the more you push outside comfort zones, the more people react.” Tweens and teens are addicted to the idea of eliciting more reactions in the form of likes, followers, and comments, he said. They employ like-for-like photo tactics, use a myriad of hashtags to get their pictures in front of more users, and promote their desire for additional followers in their profiles. Ascertaining the extent of Instagram’s popularity with teens is particularly tricky — until you talk to them. And some data on the phenomena does exist. Nielsen, one of the few companies to measure teens’ online behavior, can track only Web usage for this youngest demographic. The analytics firm told that Instagram was the top photography Web site among U.S. teens ages 12 to 17, with 1.3 million teens visiting the site during December 2012. By the analytics firm’s count, roughly one in 10 online teens in the U.S. visited Instagram in a browser during the month.
Anecdotally, the evidence overwhelmingly points to Instagram as the preferred social network of tweens and teens. A personal relationship provided me with a direct lens to view how two teenage boys used the application in their everyday lives. I also chatted with other kids, some the children of friends, and others I found through friends of friends. Beth Blecherman’s 14-year-old son, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, downloaded Instagram when he was 13 because all his friends were using it as their social network. Marisa, a 16-year-old girl who attends Cathedral City High School in Southern California, has been using Instagram for more than a year. She said that a majority of her high school friends are using the application. And a San Diego friend’s 12-year-old son is so hooked on the application that he was in tears when his account was temporarily suspended earlier this year.
“Teens recognized Instagram as a social network before anyone else,” Solis said. “Everyone else treated it as a camera app.” At the same time, Instagram could disappear from teen consciousness just as easily at it arrived. Remember: Instagram was only 17 months old when Zuckerberg bought it in the weeks prior to Facebook’s IPO last May. Parents are starting to understand that their kids haven’t developed a fascination with the application to share artistic photos of landscapes and architecture. All of the teens I spoke with have watchful parents who keep an observant eye on their Instagram accounts.
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Adam McLane, a former youth pastor who hosts educational social-media seminars for parents of teens in San Diego, told me that his sessions are dominated by talk of Instagram, with frenzied parents fearful that their innocent young ones are participating in unsavory activities such as bullying or posting inappropriate photos. The parent factor alone could send kids fleeing to other applications such as Snapchat, Pheed, and Tumblr, all of which appear to have strong teen followings. Investors are betting on Snapchat in particular, which sends more than 60 million short-lived messages daily, because they don’t want to miss out on the next Facebook. ”Teens are looking for a place they can call their own,” said Danah Boyd, a senior researcher who studies, for Microsoft, how young people use social media. “Rather than all flocking en masse to a different site, they’re fragmenting across apps and engaging with their friends using a wide array of different tools…. A new one pops up each week. What’s exciting to me is that I’m seeing teenagers experiment.”
This experimental nature puts Facebook in the tricky position of reacting to the whims of transitory teens. Take Facebook’s impromptu release of Poke, a mobile phone application, modeled after Snapchat, for sending messages that self-destruct moments later. The company’s most reactionary move, however, was its surprise purchase of Instagram, an impulse buy that ultimately cost about $715 million. Now that Instagram has more than 100 million active users, Facebook’s impulsive pickup looks like a smart one. But the dangerous reality is that Facebook is bleeding attention to an application with no advertising model, and the social network doesn’t even understand how Instagram ties in with its own applications.
Facebook doesn’t know what teens want. Ebersman said as much, albeit in less direct terms: ”Facebook is a very young company in terms of the age of our employees, and I am hopeful that continues to be an asset for us in terms of having our finger on the pulse of what matters to that particular constituency of users and how we can provide products to satisfy them.” Put that way, Facebook’s saving grace might be that its employees are also tiring of Facebook.