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The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick
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Jan 09, 2012

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Read from January 09 to 22, 2012

While it is interesting thread this book from the inside Facebook standpoint, it felt that Kirkpatrick did a poor job as a storyteller. Unlike The Social Network, which only focused on the formative years of Facebook, this book looked at the whole history, plus made projections into the future. In the early years portion of the book, Kirkpatrick seemed out of touch and in the pocket of Facebook PR. He glossed over the issues brought up in the Social Network (the lawsuits and what happened to Eduardo Saverin) with quick mentions and no real depth.

Kirkpatrick also seemed out of touch when it came to reporting on the lifestyles of young men spending extraordinary effort to explain what Halo was. Kirkpatrick also used more anonymous sources and unidentified sources that seemed to distract from his reporting quality.

However, the book does get better. Once out of the 'formative years' portion of the book, Kirkpatrick's storytelling improves. This makes sense, because by that point he had more access and more sources. Kirkpatrick also makes some accurate predictions about the future of the Internet. The book's strength comes towards the end as Kirkpatrick editorialized and analyzed Facebook. Overall, a good read. Still it makes me feel like I was missing part of the story from earlier. Perhaps it takes reading this and the Accidental Billionaires to get the fully picture, the Yin and the Yang.

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