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@ D8: Mark Zuckerberg’s Top Kill Fail

In the cold light of day, Mark Zuckerberg’s squirming on the D8 hot seat doesn’t look any more successful than it did last night. This latest privacy uproar is the Facebook equivalent of BP’s leak and Zuckerberg’s top kill failed. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher gave him points for showing up — and so do I — but he had multiple chances to use the opportunity and never hit it. PR pros I talked to here last night were mystified, attendees were still talking this morning about the sweating (especially those watching on big screens) and the inability to answer tough questions with straight answers although he did apologize for actions when he was a student. My live Twitter coverage is here. Below you can watch much of it for yourself, including the “unboxing” when Kara talked Zuckerberg out of his hoodie.

6 Responses to “@ D8: Mark Zuckerberg’s Top Kill Fail”

  1. newbedave

    It all started in the year 2003 when I was logged in to the Harvard website, where I was listening in to the conversations of the Harvard students. One of these students was Mark Zuckerberg who was talking about Face Smash and he had just broken up with his girlfriend at the time, so I struck up a conversation with this Mark Zuckerberg. He was talking about creating a dating site. I thought this was a bit odd – a pie in the sky idea since he had just broken up with his girlfriend and he was slagging her off – calling her a bitch and a whore.
    I talked to Mark about the idea, and suggested he call it Face Mash. He was intrigued with my suggestion and thought it was a good idea. Mark wanted to call it Face Smash, because he wanted to smash his ex in the face. I convinced him that Face Mash was a good idea and he agreed, but one week later he changed his mind and wanted to call it Face Smash. When I queried him about this he replied ‘f…. off you c…- I’m calling it Face Smash’. Two weeks after this conversation he came up with the name Mashable and when I asked him why he chose the word Mashable instead of Face Mash he said ‘f,…off you bastard, Face mash is not your idea’. So I re-posted the conversations we had two weeks earlier and he had to apologise and said he was going with Mashable. I took this as a sign that he wanted to throw me off the scent and take the site for himself.
    I found the character of Mark Zuckerberg to be deceptive and dishonest and ended conversing with Mark Zuckerberg because of his dishonesty and lack of integrity

  2. contentnext

    It’s interesting how interviews with him seem to often go so terribly. I’m remembering watching him interviewed at SXSW a few years ago when the interview ended up looking like an awkward first date. He’s right though, that everyone was angry about not being able to turn stuff off a few years ago. Now they are complaining that new features aren’t turned off by default. It’s a bit silly to some extent. However, what he’s not addressing is that fact that the last big uproar was over something that wasn’t just a new feature but also a feature that potentially shared large amounts of information that we didn’t even previously have the knowledge that they were even keeping track of. Like having our purchases shared with our friends and what not. That’s a separate issue and he doesn’t seem to want to address it at all.

  3. arunabhdas

    The feds need to subpoena Mark Zuckerberg’s personal email to find out exactly what Facebook is trying to do with people’s personal information.

  4. Thnx for sharing these videos.

    I’ve thought through these privacy issues over and over again and it comes down to two things for me. Two sides of the coin if you will:

    1. If you live in public, like we all do, you need to be cognizant of it and have a private/public poise on or offline. And like it or not, we are all in the public realm now and moreso moving forward.

    My thoughts on this “The best way to protect your privacy is to understand that you live in public. And act accordingly” is @

    2. Facebook and Zuck have treated us poorly, driven by adolescent behavior and poor communications. And it is grating to have a social platform act so untransparently and communicate so poorly.

    My post of this “Facebook…can’t love it but can’t leave it” is @