Fellow AppsLabb’er Rich, just informed me via IM (which is so 1999, why aren’t we Twittering?), that Steve Ballmer friended him on Facebook. Turns out that both Paul (AppsLab poobah) and I were also friended by Steve.
Maybe the rumor is true, and Microsoft is digging out $6 billion for Facebook (Techmeme coverage). Or maybe Steve wants to kick the tires first and see what the fuss is all about before signing the check.
The BBC ran a great piece about ghost-Facebooking last week. The writer asks, at one point:
But are there really crowds of busy executives hiring others to do the online dirty work for them?
Apparently, since I doubt the real Steve Ballmer wants to be my friend. Robert Scoble has more than 2,200 friends, and his advice to Marc Andreessen was to outsource his blog comments. Valleywag has some advice, but it involves work. Gasp.
So now, the precedent is set. If you need to be in the know and suffer from Too Many Mes syndrome, you can pay someone to collaborate for you. Maybe this is Enterprise 2.0.
Back to Steve, I’m tempted to dub him Fake Steve Ballmer but of course, FSJ (Fake Steve Jobs) already has that moniker for all intents and purposes. Incidentally, I hope he is never unmasked; it’s way too much fun.
Should I accept Steve’s invitation? Anyone else already his friend? How is he as a friend?
Update: Steve’s invitation to be friends is mysteriously gone. I’m sorry I doubted you Steve. Please reconsider.
Another update: A friend in my network has Gengis Kahn as his friend. I don’t think I’ll poke Gengis. This is fun, but I wonder why. Is it too much free time, or is there another motive.