I really enjoy Daniel Lyons. His Forbes articles are interesting and entertaining, but it's his alter ego, Fake Steve Jobs, that I appreciate the most. In fact, his Fake Steve book, oPtion$, just came out and I picked up a copy at B&N over the weekend...can't wait to read it.
So with all the respect I have for the guy, imagine my disappointment when I read his latest Forbes article, Party Crashers, where he pokes fun at Facebook, pretty much writes it off and scoffs at all of us oldsters who are flocking to it.
Daniel, please realize Facebook is a platform in transition. The decision to open it up to third-party apps will help it evolve into a more useful resource for all ages. Yes, most (all?) of the applications that exist today are silly time-wasters but that doesn't mean this will always be the case. Have some patience, realize that a younger generation already spends loads of time there and have faith that many, many useful applications will rise above the rest.
Btw, although I think Lyons is dead wrong about Facebook, I totally agree with his Twitter observations. I don't want to read a blow-by-blow description of anyone's day, so I'm sure as heck not going to bother Twittering my own! It reminds me of that wonderful book, No One Cares What You Had for Lunch.