Thought: Facebook isn't a tech company, but a tech heavy social networking/social media company

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May 14, 2018 43 Comments

As I'm graduating from college(computer science), a few of my friends tell me that I should take Facebook's offer because it's a great and in demand "tech" company.

In my opinion, Facebook isn't a tech company. It's a social networking company. It's all online, so there's a lot of technical things to be done to maintain it and give it new features, but I still feel that isn't not tech.

Something like Cisco is a tech company. They have solid products. Google is a tech company, because their initial algorithm is a big technological feat.
I compare Facebook to Hi5 and MySpace, but it's lasted longer and is more successful.

Do others agree with my opinion?

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TOP 43 Comments
  • Facebook Unu
    Go to bed, don’t you have school tomorrow?
    May 14, 2018 1
    • Facebook Unu
      And obviously you didn’t study enough for your courses!
      May 15, 2018
  • Cisco / Eng mMKv28
    Cisco elite force checking in... #truetech
    May 14, 2018 2
  • Google CallMeRudy
    Applying the same logic, Amazon is not a tech company (except for AWS), it is just a tech enabled retailer. Netflix is not a tech company, it is a tech enabled TV station...
    May 14, 2018 1
    • That’s true though about Amazon excluding AWS
      May 15, 2018
  • LinkedIn taco
    This actually made me cringe.
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Airbnb Djbsiddjd
    GTFO. And please go to Cisco
    May 14, 2018 1
    • Google vCdH56
      Haha
      May 15, 2018
  • Apple Shonsss
    Thought: you are an idiot
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Airbnb / Eng
    Spinner

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    Spinnermore
    Obviously the only thing they do is facebook.com wtf is their oauth platform, oculus, or react, or graphql, who the fuck cares about all the data they’re sitting on, it’s not like they do anything with it. They obviously don't don't use any algorithms.
    It’s just a website so they’re not a tech company like Cisco
    🙄
    May 14, 2018 3
    • Facebook shift
      Facebook.com is just a thing that exists, like gravity. Facebook the company got it's name because all the employees just post on it all day.
      May 14, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng
      HoldThe

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      HoldThemore
      Yeah duh, each person at Facebook owns a single HTML tag and then spends the rest of their time making it look like they have organic content. That's how this works.
      May 15, 2018
    • Facebook ICameToHav
      You right
      May 15, 2018
  • Amazon Shart
    Don’t listen to all the trolls in here, you got shit figured out
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Tumblr GoodRobot
    quality shitpost
    May 15, 2018 0
  • FB is not a social network company. It’s a company that collects user data for free and then sells it for the biggest buck. One way or another. Then come innovations.
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Cisco binpack
    You cannot make such binary classifications. Every major company has some innovation going on in there, something that shields them from competitors. In tech, that shield is engineering. Both fb and Cisco have intense engineering teams and a lot of cruft.

    Truth be told, Lockheed Martin and Boeing are doing much harder work than any on this forum. Making badass flying machines with accurate homing missiles? Now that's something.

    But again, those companies have a loft of cruft too, just like any silicon valley company
    May 15, 2018 3
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng Kolmogorov
      Yea, where are our fat paychecks,
      May 15, 2018
    • Cisco binpack
      @Northrop try to sell ads to military and other countries instead of defense systems. Maybe show some popup ads on pilot dashboards.

      Use machine learning to show news feeds to battle tank operators
      May 15, 2018
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng Kolmogorov
      Good idea, if I ever go back I'll bring that up and make my.move to middle management
      May 15, 2018
  • Apple fewarrior
    OP is so green it hurts. Looking forward to seeing their college world view smashed shortly.
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Google tentenths
    It was kinda ok... until the Cisco part
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Facebook ICameToHav
    Lol, did you really get a Facebook offer?
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Facebook Upzuc
    Lol OP. You've got no idea what you're talking about. Please don't accept our offer.
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Google Facebook
    Wonder why there’re any more comments after the first one? It’s hard to add anything to it.
    May 14, 2018 0
  • New / Other Kjfg25
    So... it's only a tech company if most people don't understand what it is?
    May 14, 2018 0
  • New / Eng RhpJ71
    You are over thinking this. Research on what happens behind the scenes. Google and Facebook are the leaders in AI in the industry.
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Facebook shift
    Facebook is a social media company in the same sense that Toyota is taxi company.

    I.e. not at all.
    May 14, 2018 0
  • And here I pronounce this post “asshole magnet”. Lol. Keep it going.
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Daimler kokoo
    Partially true
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Chase tjPE83
    Dude it doesn’t matter whether it’s tech or tech heavy or whatever. As long it pays you the big $$$ and you get to work on interesting problems, who tf cares about these classifications?
    May 15, 2018 1
    • Facebook ICameToHav
      FB is a bleeding edge tech company which is just the irony of this statement. It's like saying Apple is a phone company not a tech company.
      May 15, 2018
  • Twitter Hvg
    That was deep man. Damn...
    May 15, 2018 0
  • City of Springfield, Massachuset revsfan
    Ask yourself this. Cisco is practically in Monopoly Facebook isn't because we've seen things come before and after. If you want to work at Cisco 2 works for you that's great but if not every other employer in that field is much smaller. You have to consider not so much where the job is today but where he's going to be in the next 5 or 10 years.
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Booking.com Opossum
    It depends on what company delivers. If it delivers tech (tech devices or software) then it is a tech company. If it delivers goods it is an e-commerce company. If it delivers media then it is a media company. Facebook is the latest.
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Uber vuhT40
    Dude, you should study more
    May 15, 2018 0
  • New / Eng kirb
    I disagree, Facebook seems pretty serious about becoming a big tech company, they have their eyes on being the next Google or GE.
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Cloudera FSsS80
    FB is totally not doing anything innovative wrt streaming large amounts of data, querying data, and storing it. Nothing at all. They also didn't make giant drones to see if it was a viable way to deliver connectivity. Nope. Facebook's most important contribution to tech is material for hilarious old people Facebook posts.
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Twitch Job4gf
    Hey oldies, let the kids be kids
    May 15, 2018 1
    • Tumblr GoodRobot
      don’t let your memes be dreams!
      May 15, 2018
  • Apple / Other Tres comas
    Look dude. Every company diversifies its portfolio. You think fb’s r&d team is just about emojis? A social network just bankrolls their other ideas.
    May 15, 2018 0

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