Originally Posted by bd2003
It's a gut feeling built up from nearly a decade of using Facebook.
If there's anything that should at least give you pause, it's the overwhelming negative reaction itself. You might not understand why it's so negative, but the magnitude of the reaction should speak for itself.
I joined Facebook in September 2004, its first year. I'm not a heavy user, but I'm certainly not new to it. I've been signed up longer that the vast majority. In my personal life, facebook.com has proven itself useful for its intended purpose. Since moving from the US to Japan, I've met a lot of people from many countries. The UK, Singapore, New Zealand, etc, plus of course Japan. Facebook brings us all together, with great language support. You might not realize how fantastically multilingual it is.
My best experience with facebook.com was logging in at around 2:00 AM Sun March 13, when the power came back following the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Tons of messages from friends, former coworkers, etc. They didn't know my email address (nor me theirs), but they knew my name and where I lived, so they knew I was affected and were able to reach me (and me them).
What does that positive experience have to do with Oculus? Nothing I think, because Oculus will remain independent. But to the extent it matters, it's a counter to the negative "gut feeling" of some. Neither are useful in application to Oculus going forward I think. No, the "overwhelming negative reaction" doesn't give me pause, because I don't see it as rational. I happen to think it's a vocal minority as well, but that's beside the point. In any case, I continue to find this topic extremely interesting almost one week in!