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Readers Play Nostradamus in Facebook Exec Poll

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Well, I was kind of kidding at the end of a piece I wrote Friday about the possible top execs that Facebook might hire when I named Marc Andreessen at the end.

I mostly put the Netscape founder in there as a good comparison and to make a point about how Silicon Valley always has to elevate some techie to the status of Golden Geek of the Moment, declaring them the rulers of the digital sector.

Usually, their reign lasts as long as a potentate in some small and unstable country.

Nonetheless, in a piece related to BoomTown’s picks and also another post about Facebook’s actual search for a well-known Web exec to help lead the social-networking company, VentureBeat created a poll asking for reader input.

As you will see below, Andreessen did OK at 18% in the small sampling, while 21% wanted to let Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just be Mark. “Somebody else” got 14%.

Most interesting result and the winner? Almost 50% thought a dose of new management did not matter, as “Facebook is doomed.”

An aPokealypse?
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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik