Facebook power users are switching to Twitter and Google +

by Charlotte Rendall

Sean Parker – Facebook shareholder, co-founder of Napster, played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network – has gone on record at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco to, somewhat controversially, say that “The strategic threat to Facebook is that power users have gone to Twitter or to Google+.”

He defined these power users as people who add lots of content onto Facebook which is read by lots of people. When questioned on why he believed the power users we leaving he said that these people left Facebook because of lack of control over who they can share their content with. Basically Facebook isn’t giving users enough ways to manage their information.

Parker believes a solution to this problem would be to give users more tools but not more privacy. He said that Facebook’s recent development of smart list was moving in the right direction and that users should then start choosing who the share content with.

The Napster founder was also asked if it was possible for Google+ to become the social network of choice. He admitted that it would be really hard but it obviously could happen – just look what Facebook did to MySpace.

So what do you think? Will you be chasing the cool kids over to Google+ and Twitter, or do you think Parker talking rubbish?

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