Can We Be Friends?

by Nathan Hamm on 5/26/2009 · 3 comments

Some of you might have noticed that a Russian company just bought a small stake in Facebook. That is about where my interest in the story ended. A Russian company bought a small sliver of a company that we all know in our heart-of-hearts has jumped the shark because our grandparents are now sending us friend requests? So what.

Well, it actually is kind of interesting and has a Central Asia angle as it turns out, because, guess what?

That’s right, Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov, a man who doesn’t mind having websites shut down when they criticize him too much, is apparently one of the biggest backers of Digital Sky Technologies, notes Robert Amsterdam, who has a great post on the new 2% owners of Facebook. Definitely read the whole post.

Anyone have qualms about an Usmanov-backed company owning a small slice of everyone’s favorite social-networking site?

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Joshua Foust May 27, 2009 at 10:24 am

Meanwhile, on Facebook, ISAF friended me. Is that ironic, or what?

Nathan May 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

Yeah, but that’s because ISAF needs friends wherever it can get them.

tictoc May 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

The web is littered with has-been websites, so who cares?

Today it’s “everyone’s favorite social-networking site”, but who knows what’ll happen in a few years. Friendster used to be hot.

Is facebook even profitable?

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