jasonh300 wrote:gettingthere wrote:Another day, another takeover rumor. Who cares who owns what? If it stays as a 'free' navigation application and does what you want, use it.
Such big threats. "I will quit being your free customer if you do this." Funny.
The threat is that people will stop editing the map. If a handful of users leave, it's no big deal, but if the veteran map editors decide that they are no longer willing to spend thousands of hours doing uncompensated work for an entity like Facebook, then it will hurt. The value is in the maps and the routing algorithms.
With a ridiculous number like $2,000,000,000, figure that half of that goes to the technical end, and the other half goes to the map. If you take the top 500 map editors who have done 99.9% of the map editing work, the work that we've already done becomes valued at around $1,000,000 each. Do you think they're going to cut each of us a check when the sale is complete?
That being said, if I was one of the partners, and had that kind of offer on the table, I'd have a really hard time passing it up.
dmcconachie wrote:Facebook has pretty granular security settings these days, share what you want, including nothing whatsoever if that's your thing.
sketch wrote:If you want programs that benefit everyone without a profit motive behind them, maybe you should consider voting socialist.
dmcconachie wrote:Advertising has been part if Waze's plan for as long as I've been using it.
dmcconachie wrote:I'm aware of the concerns people have. They're way overplayed though. No worse than Google, Apple or Amazon.
TheScarecrow wrote:I suppose selling out was always the eventual plan...
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