Web 2.0 Summit Highlights: Is Facebook Creepy, Salesforce Loves Facebook

[ Photo of Sean Parker courtesy of Bill Gross. ]

Former Facebook president and Napster co-founder Sean Parker hinted that Facebook is creepy, pointed out why Facebook power users are leaving for Google+ and Twitter, and identified Spotify as attempting to finish what Napster started during his on-stage interview at the 8th annual Web 2.0 Summit today.

"There's good creepy and there's bad creepy," Sean replied when John Battelle of Federated Media asked him about the perception that Facebook is creepy. "Today's creepy is tomorrow's necessity."

Sean also said Facebook's biggest downfall is its lack of efficient tools to control shared data.

"The threat to Facebook is that power users have gone to Twitter or Google+," Sean explained, because there is a glut of information that overwhelms those users.

In regards to Facebook's integration with Spotify, however, Sean pledged his full support, saying, "It gives Spotify access to Facebook's roughly 800 million users."

He noted that Spotify is "an attempt to finish" what he started with Napster because the service has the "dream of frictionless-free, tiered service that enables music sharing."

Meanwhile, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff praised Facebook, saying that today's Internet innovators need to pay close attention to the leading social network.

"I really think that Facebook is becoming a vision of what the consumer operating system is," Marc said. "Everything I want, I'm beginning to see on Facebook."

EBay CEO John Donahoe, who praised Facebook for its social network domination, is looking to dominate the commerce platform. Although eBay already works closely with Facebook, the company hopes to eventually connect its PayPal payment system to Facebook Credits.

"Shopping is very social," John said.

Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus suddenly withdrew from the opening speaker slot. Battelle tied Pincus' cancellation to Zynga's upcoming IPO.

The theme of the three-day conference, now in its eighth year, is "The Data Frame" -- the event is using data "to understand the state of the web."

Watch the live stream Tuesday starting at 11am PT and at 9:25am PT on Wednesday.


Sean Parker, Facebook co-founder
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Marc Benioff, CEO at Salesforce
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John Donahoe, CEO at eBay
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