Jimmy Wales Unveils Facebook?
It seems like a sitcom gag in which a character, out of time and ideas, tries to promote an old product as a new one by scratching off a single letter. Instead, we’ve got Jimmy Wales, and the old/new product is none other than Facebook.
Maybe this is all a joke; although I’ve never met him, I gather that Wales is a nice and funny guy. Or maybe his graphics department just pulled a prank. But at an event in South Africa, Wales showed a screenshot of what is supposed to be a new search engine, and actually looked a heck of a lot like a well-known social network.
On the one hand, well . . . there’s no denying that it’s Facebook with a few different terms and a bit of light green. On the other . . . we know this layout has the potential to be successful. And regardless of the design, Wales’s basic idea – people-powered search – remains as good or bad as it was before.