Zuckerberg: Time to ‘double down’ on Facebook

continued from page 1

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

But that doesn’t mean Zuckerberg doesn’t appreciate the power and allure of a sleek smartphone. He said he even used one to write a lengthy manifesto about his vision for Facebook that was included in the company’s IPO documents.

Zuckerberg indicated Facebook is likely to intensify its rivalry with Google Inc. by developing more ways to search on its website. As it is, Facebook already processes about 1 billion search requests a day, Zuckerberg said, “and we basically are not even trying.”

That laid-back attitude toward search will eventually change, Zuckerberg said, although he wouldn’t provide specifics. A more robust search engine “would be one obvious, interesting thing for us to do in the future,” he said.

Google is already trying to maintain its dominance of its Internet search engine with an alternative social network called Plus that it launched last year largely to gain more insights about its users’ preferences.

Zuckerberg has signaled his faith in Facebook’s stock by pledging not to sell any of his more than 503 million shares for at least another year, even as some of the company’s early investors and employees reduce their holdings.

Tuesday gave him an opportunity to deliver a reminder that Facebook has overcome past adversity when changes to its website’s design and privacy policies provoked strident objections from users who threatened to abandon the social network. Facebook overcame those protests to keep on growing.

Facebook has not been an uncontroversial company,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s not like this is the first up and down we have ever had.”

__

AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay in New York contributed to this story.

__

Online: http://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-sf-2012/agenda/

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks