Ballmer to Facebook: You’re Very Faddish, You Know

Next Story

Skype CEO Steps Down, Skype = Hype (Afterall)

Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has put a dark cloud of uncertainty over the rumors of Microsoft’s proposed purchase of a 5% stake-holding in social network facebook with recent comments. Ballmer was yesterday quoted as saying “I think these things [social networks] are going to have some legs, and yet there’s a faddishness, a faddish nature about anything that basically appeals to younger people.”

Mmmmm, $500 million for 5% of a fad? Has the likelihood that Microsoft will make this investment just taken a turn down negative street?

One thing that I do find interesting about Mr Ballmer’s comments is his reference to ‘younger people’ and the theory that anything that appeals to them has a ‘faddish’ nature. Quite a big call, don’t you think?

For starters, the demographic make-up of Facebook’s community is actually a lot older than most would think according to some research I found. As much as I would like to think that 35 year olds fit in the ‘young people’ category, common sense would suggest that this demographic is a little more mature, affluent and less ‘faddish’.

So maybe there is a little bit of a bluff behind the Microsoft CEO’s comments about the Facebook fad. A recent article from the New York Times certainly suggests that although Microsoft may believe that Facebook is a fad, it’s a fad that they want to be a big part of in their new move into a more ad-generated revenue strategy.


New Extech Digital Wire Tracer Meter Voltmeter Dc Led Voltage Ammeter Volt Amp picture
New Extech Digital Wire Tracer Meter Voltmeter Dc Led Voltage Ammeter Volt Amp
100A AC LCD Panel Digital Power Meter Voltage KWh Watt Voltmeter Ammeter BP picture
100A AC LCD Panel Digital Power Meter Voltage KWh Watt Voltmeter Ammeter BP
80-260v AC 100A Digital Power KWh Time Watt Meter Volt Amp Voltmeter Ammeter CT picture
80-260v AC 100A Digital Power KWh Time Watt Meter Volt Amp Voltmeter Ammeter CT
LCD Auto Range AC DC Multimeter Volt Tester Digital Voltmeter Ammeter Ohmmeter  picture
LCD Auto Range AC DC Multimeter Volt Tester Digital Voltmeter Ammeter Ohmmeter
LCD Auto Range AC DC Multimeter Volt Tester Digital Voltmeter Ammeter Ohmmeter  picture
LCD Auto Range AC DC Multimeter Volt Tester Digital Voltmeter Ammeter Ohmmeter