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John Doerr, the legendary venture capitalist, recently was talking with Michael Arrington, from TechCrunch, about the extraordinary growth happening around companies connected to the social network, particularly through Facebook. Doerr has called this "The Third Wave", distinguishing it from personal computers and the Internet as waves one and two.
The latest moves by Facebook, that seem to threaten the online privacy of millions of users, are causing many to question their relationship with Facebook. There is a nice post by OStatic on Why Open Alternatives are Bound to Challenge Facebook. There is some kind of basic disconnect between the needs of an online community and the profit-building needs of a growing company like Facebook. It seems to me that an online community needs to work much more like a cooperative than like a corporation.