Friday, May 11, 2012

FaceBook: Macrostock versus Microstocks

The microstocks trade under the dollar usually with an additional digit or two worth for finer-than-cents trades. Their IPO starts in the macrostock range, and there is no appearant micro-economy option.  There are other companies that affiliated themselves with FaceBook that do trade in micro-economies, and they use real or “game” simulations of stock quotes and trades, like the World Stock Exchange. I think the value after the IPO may change when social media returns to peer level servers.

The macrostock reflects the use of rack level servers for distribution of social media. I found that such server organization helps overcome latency issues, yet that does not mean the overall media decentralizes the way users need. The newer audiences have not mentioned any experience with further decentralization. I imagine the the ability to address any universal-resource-location still fills in the appearant decentralization.

Internet Service Providers, ISPs, with their single-access connections, distanced themselves from the user, and the ISP distanced themselves from the rack level servers. Any change in those distances also affect the stock when you consider research for best rack space locations. Cloud servers that have taken over rack spaces almost engulfed the ISPs, except for their single-access restrictions. That also changed further since mobiles are not tied to those restriction as were more stationary connections.

FaceBook and Google also changed their affiliation for how the account login process works, as they separated them. Google and Twitter collaborated on authorization standards, yet FaceBook did not make its appearance. I almost feel as if those other micro-economies that have been on FaceBook may risk their move over to Google once FaceBook's IPO duration is over, as one is already closer to the wallet, especially with mobile technology.

FaceBook has used PHP-language for its server. I have known the limits PHP based web-servers, and no decent programmer wants that maintenance for their retirement. Maybe they can save themselves with the micro-kernal like version of the PHP server that does not have all built-in language and code objects that seemed standard. Then again, PHP works on IIS. I wondered how the micro-kernal version of PHP works with SPDY. The generic XLST parser acts as one micro-kernal that is customizable, as IIS has done. That kind of integration affects the maintenance cost of micro-economies. As we include iOS in that economy, we also considered the ported versions, especially where Apple's ObjC code meets BSD code, and what the FaceBook App may peer in social media.

I also thought about how the “dark-side” changes in S.E.C. now chart FaceBook any different from other stocks, established before, as they reached, and reach, the minimum number of shareholders required under the dark rules. I wonder who they elect, if anybody, that gets the news first if not the S.E.C.