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What else has Mark Zuckerberg killed and eaten?

by Kevin Gilmartin

Say what you like about Facebook, and the constant changes and privacy issues, underneath it all I have to say that I rather respect Mark Zuckerberg. The guy is a couple of years younger than I am, has enough power and money to make Solomon blush, and he only eats meat from animals he’s killed himself.

Oh, you didn’t know that last bit? It’s true. If you don’t follow business blogs or read Fortune magazine you may have missed that little nugget, but Mark Zuckerberg is committed to only eating animals he kills himself. His neighbour, the well-known Silicon Valley chef, Jesse Cool, of the Flea Street Cafe, has been helping Zuck get to grips with this every-so-slightly-disturbing new lifesytle choice.

So far Mark’s confirmed kills include a lobster, a goat, a chicken, a pig and a bison. A BISON!!! Here at Nerd Insider we reckon Jesse Cool took a fair amount of the bison meat for use at the Flea Street Cafe – either that or Casa de Zuckerberg has meat freezer responsible for 80% of Palo Alto’s contribution to global warming!

We got to thinking – what else has Mark Zuckerberg killed and eaten?

MySpace

Once the king of the Social Network, there was a time when MySpace URLs appeared on movie posters, TV ads, magazine articles – everywhere. If you didn’t have a MySpace you were deemed to be some sort of backward, socially inept, troglodyte. Either that or you were over 30.

Some MySpace pages were truly awful, even offensive to the eye. There was too much customisation available to people with too little taste. Then, along came Facebook and the bottom fell out of poor old Tom‘s world…and his company’s stock value.

MySpace was recently purchased for $35 million by a group fronted by singer/actor Justin Timberlake. Presumably Zuckerberg is eyeing up his liver to go with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

Bebo

Ah, Bebo; another former social darling who fell to the might of Facebook’s appeal. Launching over a year after Facebook, Bebo was the domain of the younger social network users and the bane of college lecturers and IT teachers the world over. Now it exists in a sort of Social Network limbo.

Once owned by AOL, then sold-off to Criterion for around $10 million at a loss of $840 million, Bebo never gets a mention in any of the social media blogs anymore. Its last mention on Mashable? Dec 31st 2010, and even then they were predicting that it would be sold again. The About page on Bebo says “Bebo combines community, self-expression and entertainment, enabling you to consume, create, discover, curate and share digital content in entirely new ways” – so, basically everything Facebook does.

Despite holding its own against the older MySpace, Bebo was left standing by Facebook’s runaway success. I’m told people still use it, but nobody knows who these “people” are and nobody will admit to being one.

FriendFeed

FriendFeed is a real-time social aggregator that pulls content from a variety places such as blogs, bookmarking sites, Twitter and a whole host of other online services. It allows tracking of numerous social activities in one place and the concept has been duplicated by other less successful services since.

FriendFeed is something of a legacy service and finding people who still use it is tricky, but it does have a fairly active, if relatively small, dedicated user base.

In August 2009 Facebook aquired FriendFeed for $15 million cash, and $32.5 million Facebook stock. It’s still going, and you can sign up right now if you want – Zuckerberg hasn’t killed and eaten it just yet. Maybe he’s fattening it up for Christmas.

Spotify

Oooh, controversial this one! Less than 3 months after the music streaming service launched in the US it jumped in to bed with Facebook.

It’s not an aquisition this time, just a partnership, but it means that new users wishing to sign up to Spotify need to have a Facebook account. Public reaction to this move was hugely negative, with some predicting the end for Spotify as it had sold its soul.

It remains to be seen how the Facebook/Spotify story will play out; but as Facebook continues to evolve and expand it makes sense that at some point it’s going to want control of its own music streaming service. Perhaps a year or so down the line I’ll be writing here about how Facebook have aquired their one-time partner, Spotify, and Facebook Music is on its way.

If I was Spotify, I’d be getting very nervous every time Zuckerberg went near a carving knife.

Got an opinion on any of the above? Vent it in the comments below!

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