ʻO Facebook ka AOL Hou

ʻO US Robotics 144 modemʻO koʻu hiki mua ʻana i ka Interwebs ma o InfiNet i nā makahiki 90 mua. Ua hana wau no Kāhea kamaʻilio ʻāina i kēlā manawa a loaʻa kahi brand spankin modem hou 14.4k. Hoʻomaopopo wau i koʻu mau hoaaloha a me koʻu ʻohana ma America Online (AOL). Aia wau ma mee.

Ua hoʻi kēlā i ka wā a mākou e aloha ai i nā gifs a me nā inaina i nā jpegs. E mae aku ʻo Gifs i ka ʻike ʻia ma ke hoʻoiho ʻia, e scan ʻo jpegs mai luna a lalo. Ua hoʻomāinoino ʻia kahi kiʻi 100k i kēlā manawa - ua hele wale ʻoe e kiʻi i kahi kīʻaha kope a i ʻole hiamoe ʻoiai hoʻoiho ʻia nā mea. Ua ʻike ʻoe e pili ana i nā pūnaewele hou ma ka 'ʻimi ʻana' maoli mai kahi ʻaoʻao a i kekahi.

ʻOiai e hoʻomau mau ana ka pūnaewele, e hakakā ana ʻo AOL i nā pāpale. Hiki iaʻu ke kipa pūnaewele me ka hoʻohana ʻana iā Netscape a paʻa koʻu mau hoaaloha āpau ma AOL i loko o nā palena o AOL. Ua hoʻohana ʻoe i nā huaʻōlelo AOL e loaʻa ai nā mea, ʻaʻole nānā! I ka hoʻomaka ʻana o nā ʻaoʻao pūnaewele e huki, e ʻauheʻe ana kēlā me kēia AOL - no ka nui o nā malama manuahi o ka lawelawe i loaʻa iā lākou ma o floppy.

Ua pane lohi ʻo AOL i ka pāʻani a i ka manawa a lākou i hoʻokumu ai i kā lākou polokalamu kele pūnaewele i hoʻohui ʻia, he mōʻī ʻo Netscape a ʻaʻohe mea i hoʻohana i ka AOL me ka loaʻa pū o kā lākou leka uila. E hoʻomanaʻo "Loaʻa iā ʻoe ka Leka!"? (Ua kani maoli ka UI i kāu kani ʻana - ʻaʻole i haku ʻia i nā kiʻi ʻoniʻoni.)

ʻAʻole hiki iā ʻAOL, ke mōʻī o nā pūnaewele a me ke kahu o ka Pūnaewele, ke hoʻolālā wikiwiki. ʻO ka laina lalo ʻaʻole hiki i ka AOL ke hoʻokūkū me nā haneli haneli o nā ʻoihana e hoʻomaka nei e kau i nā ʻaoʻao pūnaewele. ʻAno koke, hoʻohana maʻalahi ʻia ʻo AOL e kiʻi i kahi manawa pūnaewele manuahi ma mua o ka polokalamu a lākou i makemake nui ai. I ka heʻe ʻana o ka poʻe, pēlā nō ka poʻe hoʻolaha a me nā noi maʻamau i kūkulu ʻia e kēlā mau mea hoʻolaha. Ua lilo wale ʻo AOL i mea hoʻolako pūnaewele - a he mea pipiʻi me nā palena nui i ka bandwidth a me ka hoʻohana.

Ua hoʻomāʻewaʻewa wau Facebook no kekahi manawa i kēia manawa. I koʻu manaʻo, ʻo Facebook wale nō ka AOL hou. Ua kūkulu lākou i nā noi, ʻaʻole e hoʻonui, akā e mālama i nā ʻoihana a me nā poʻe i loko o kā lākou pua. Kekahi mea i waho o ka He hoʻoweliweli ʻo Facebook, a ua hoʻomaka lākou e hoʻouka.

E like me ka hala ʻana o mau makahiki e iho i lalo ka pilikua ʻo AOL, maopopo nō iaʻu lawe i mau makahiki no Facebook pū kekahi. Eia nō naʻe, ʻaʻohe oʻu kānalua i koʻu manaʻo ʻaʻohe mea e hiki ke hoʻokūkū me ka ʻuhane ʻoihana o ka honua - ʻaʻole ʻo Facebook. ʻO Facebook ka AOL hou, akā e mau wale nō ia a hiki i ka wā e hele mai ai kahi mea hou, flashier, a me fancier a ʻai i kāna ʻaina awakea.

Pono ʻo Facebook e ʻapo i ka hoʻopili ma waho o kona mau paia, ʻaʻole e hakakā me ia.

E aʻo ʻo Facebook mai AOL.

5 Comments

  1. 1

    Interesting connection Doug. Couldn’t this also be true with most other software companies that have web-based products and don’t provide an API or integrate with 3rd parties? Did AOL fail because they failed to invent or failed to open up connectivity? I am not a Facebook fanatic or expert but it seems they at least have an API and user access to externally built apps.

    • 2

      They do have an API, but it’s only to bring your features and functionality into their application, not vice versa. About the only external application they have is their authentication api… which builds a dependency upon their service.

      I believe a better example is Salesforce, which provides APIs where a user can actually build an entire application utilizing Salesforce’s Web Services or API but never actually has to go to Salesforce.com.

  2. 3

    I’m totally on board with you Doug. Which is why I’m dumbfounded Facebook has yet to sell out. They are so obsessed with building a bigger Facebook that one day they are going to wake up and realize they have a bigger and better neighbor and their company is going to plummet in value.

    By the way, I loved Prodigy! That service was way ahead of its time.

  3. 4

    Doug,
    I like your take on AOL and why they were flanked by browsers liek netscape navigator. What got me to your post however was my feedreader caught the Landmark Communications reference. I’m a former Landmark employee as well and had an email address @infi.net. Crazy!

    I think what’s different about fb vs AOL is that fb is not regarded as the Internet for dummies. And fb is, to an extent, open for developers to utilize the network. AOL email addresses are still 20-30% of any consumer list. I don’t know anyone who uses their fb messaging system as their primary address. In my opinion, they are fundamentally different animals.

    You are right about the fact that someone will take them down. Now, tell me how someone is going to flank Google.

    Mahalo no ka lāʻau kū!

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