My Thoughts on the Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) Interview on 60 Minutes

PS: This video was shot using a Flip video MinoHD 8GB camcorder (Amazon affiliate link) and a Fat Gecko Double Knuckle Camera Mount (Amazon affiliate link).

My Flip is awesome!  Though I wish I had the 3rd generation version which includes image stabilization.  The Fat Gecko is wicked.  Use it in or out of your car, snowboards, mountain bikes, bike helmets.  I love it!


I’ve had this video transcribed below for those who prefer to read rather than listen or watch. The transcription provided by me.

Good Morning everybody! Mark Regan here. It’s Monday, December 6, 2010, from Tampa, Florida where I am sitting down at 41 degree and it’s cold.

I wanted to drop a video to you guys about the Mark Zuckerberg interview that he did with Leslie Stahl in 60 Minutes last night. You know, that guy is a pretty normal looking guy. He’s one of the more powerful, if not the most powerful, man right now in the online world and he is just so unassuming for a 26-year old kid. I give him—my hats off to him. He’s done a great job.

The other thing was you could tell how well coached he was when Leslie asked him some of the tougher questions around privacy at the movie The Social Network and he had a straight poker face without any facial expressions or at least very little. His lips were really tight, making sure that he didn’t give up his answer in his face and just left it to the words that he had been well-prepared to say. He did a decent job there.

But more importantly, I wanted to talk about the new layout. Leslie showed a couple of examples of it and there’s, you know, more online going live today, apparently. And what was interesting to me, when the two examples he showed, first example was the movement of some of the personal information that we usually find in the info tab moving that just below your name on the wall—‘where are you from’, ‘where you currently live’, ‘who you work for’ and stuff like that as well as the ‘what do you have in common’ with some of your peers or someone in particular. So you’re going into their page, you can find some common interests you would have with that person.

Those two tasks are tasks that I do all the time in Facebook, both on a personal and professional level. And to me, what changed the update about this type of facebook compare to others is that rather than being just a feature list, checking off this page– we have this feature, now, they look like a they’ve really gone in and done an update about the usability and how people are using it in and finding what are the most common task that people do on the Facebook network and that was really interesting.

I guess you could probably put in—excuse me–Facebook messages in that same place where they realize a lot of people are using the chat services and the connecting back and forth. But this ability to see every relationship and every connection you have with the person or to go directly and get a quick Cliff Notes of everything about them—some of their vital stats, to me is less about features and more about the usability and that’s why I think its going to make this a big update for Facebook compare to some of the other ones which were more layout and movement of elements and adding new features that people have been requesting. I doubt if people have requested this as much as they have showed through analytics and other tracking mechanisms, they’ve showed to the folks at Facebook that this is how we use it. Make this part easier and we’ll use it even more. That’s my two cents.

I’d be interested in what you have to say. Leave me some comments down below and get talk some more about it. Until next time, take care.

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