Zuckerberg v. Lacy
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The echo chamber is still reverberating overnight from the Sarah Lacy interview of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, even a scant 16 hours after the fact.
I was in the audience, and being both student and fan of good journalism, no matter what medium or delivery mechanism, I can only say I sat in the audience with some friends and colleagues completely stupefied.
Some have called it a train wreck. Others have used other choice words to describe it that I won't put into this family-friendly blog.
I would just simply describe the whole incident as a huge missed opportunity.
Here you have the 23 year-old CEO of one of the hottest Internet businesses going, with an audience that is both open-minded and curious about where the Facebook phenomenon is going and the opportunities it might portend for them as developers and producers of content, and that opportunity seemed to have been entirely wasted by the interviewer by making it all about her and little about Zuckerberg.
As a good friend of mine put in a rehashing of the interview over dinner last night, "it's like you had Marcia Brady interviewing Bill Gates."
Read Jarvis' post for the best post-game analysis.
Meanwhile, Twitter continues to be the effervescent community glue that creates the ties that bind here at SXSW -- and not just for the post Zuckerberg Q&A online ambulance chasing.
At dinner last night in South Austin's ever-popular Polvos, a dinner companion Tweeted that our party was dining at this said establishment.
About fifteen minutes later, an IBM colleague who happened to be monitoring my friend's Tweets appeared table-side to deliver his face-to-face regards.
At first, I thought we had ourselves a new waiter, before said dinner companion recognized the distinguished gentleman.
He explained how he had been monitoring our Twitter conversation and, because he lived about three houses away from the restaurant, thought he'd stop in and say hello firsthand.
We're most glad he did, and we're glad Twitter continues to demonstrate value beyond delivering rapid-fire news of disasters at South By.