Frankly, I think this email offering is going to be a bit of a damp squib. That said, I’ve been wrong before and I think Facebook is just a slightly fancier AOL ten years on.
There’s some good commentary on this here:
Which brings me back to the title of this post: Why Facebook badly needs Steve Jobs. Facebook is the new Google – as in, they are building up an army of the best damn software developers on the planet. But having great engineers is not enough. Microsoft, Google, and Facebook have each had a monopoly on great engineers for a period of time. But engineers want to solve hard problems – to build abstractions – to unify 3 different things that seem kinda similar. But this has nothing to do with solving real user problems, which is what Apple excels at. So these amazing engineers need a Product Person to direct them. Steve Jobs. Someone who doesn’t just unify stuff because it’s neat & challenging. Someone who thinks, “what problems do people have?” and then solves those problems (see: iPhone vs. every smartphone before the iPhone).