If you have an iPhone and I say Waze, you probably know which app that I speak of. I’ve been using Waze for some time already, and it is probably the only free navigation app that I prefer most on iPhone. Waze has many great navigation features and one of them is very controversial. It would be Waze allows users to notify each other of police presence in specific areas. So, Waze is a really great free navigation app for iPhone, and the rumor has that it will be bought out by Facebook. I don’t usually like to write an article based on a rumor, but I have to go on ahead and write about this since Facebook is involved, rumor or not.
We know Facebook has already had a ton of information on its users. Only cave dwellers won’t know Facebook and Facebook won’t know cave dwellers. No offense, but it’s just a figure of speech to magnify Facebook presence on the Internet social scene. Sure, Facebook’s stock does poorly in the market and probably will continue to do so for some time to come unless Facebook can figure out how to build a business model that actually does speak some confidence into investors. As now Facebook stock is at $19.31, way below its IPO price of near $40. In reality, Facebook stock and Facebook are two different concerns altogether. Facebook itself, not the stock, is a giant machine that hold lot and lot of personal data.
Obviously, just like any other web services, Facebook might have lot of fake accounts and spam data to be dealt with. Nonetheless, we cannot disregard the position that Facebook is in. Unlike Google and somewhat similar to Google, Facebook has a way of knowing people’s secrets. The truth is just like how people ask the search engine secrets that even their closest friends and family members won’t necessary know about, some people out of so many people on Facebook do save secrets that would boggle your mind. When I speak of some people on Facebook, some are real people, and some are just machines that pretend to be real people known as bots. Nonetheless, Facebook is a giant machine that harbors around 900 million active accounts. Some of 900 million active accounts do speak tremendous volume. To put it plainly, Facebook is an elephant that carries tons of ants on its body. OK, I lie, this isn’t plain at all.
Since Facebook is like a databank machine, with smart algorithms, that holds valuable, personal data of so many active Internet users, the rumor of Waze acquisition by Facebook might be rather unsettling for some people. Perhaps, some people might just have enough of Facebook being so pervasive in their personal lives, because Facebook will not only know about their secrets but will also know about their bad sense of direction. Hint, Waze is a navigation app after all. And this paragraph is meant to be sarcastic. Anyhow, it’s just so interesting to me to hear a rumor that Facebook wants to acquire Waze. I think Waze has a lot potential as a navigation app, but I fear Waze won’t be Waze if Facebook acquires it. Then again, perhaps my fear is just all smoke and mirror, because Facebook might just add a lot of social features to Waze and leave Waze to be Waze.
In conclusion, the moral of story is there isn’t one. What on earth I’m writing about… Anyhow, I think Waze is awesome and Facebook too. Nonetheless, if you use Waze the wrong way while driving, you will get no where that you need to be. If you use Facebook the wrong way, your secrets will be unveiled to the world. The combination of the two is making my head hurt. Anyway, so far this is only a rumor, and we might know more in the days ahead.
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