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Ken Rutkowski  (Source: socaltech.com)
Forty to 50 percent of time spent on Facebook is dedicated to playing games

A successful entrepreneur has predicted that Facebook will be the largest bank by 2015.

Ken Rutkowski, founder and president of Metal International, is an observer of technology and an entrepreneur. Recently, he stated that Facebook would be the biggest bank by 2015 because of Facebook Credits found in games.

Facebook has become a powerhouse in the social networking industry since its launch in 2004. It currently has over 600 million active users, and even had a movie made about its creation called "The Social Network." 

In addition to just socializing with friends, Facebook allows its users to connect through playing games like Farmville, which was developed by Zynga. Farmville is undoubtedly Zynga's most popular game with an estimated value of $12 billion.

"Facebook will be the largest bank by 2015," said Rutkowski. "I hear you say 'how can they be a bank, what's going on?' If you play games on Facebook, which, by the way 40 to 50 percent of the time spent on Facebook is playing games, and those games - like Farmville and Mafia Wars - are paid for and you have to buy credits for that and they are called Facebook Credits." 

Rutkowski mentioned that "old school" media companies have a market capitalization of $241.7 billion while "new school" media companies are valued at $319.7 billion. 

Rutkowski also noted that people who do not have a Facebook profile may want to make one soon because if they don't, a profile will be made for them. 

"Why is it important to have a profile?" said Rutkowski. "They are going to start using that to determine what your credit worthiness is. By the way, if you don't have a profile they will make one for you, so it's better for you to create it and manage it than them. That's why you want to be selective with what you put on there. If you have kids that are being idiots online, make sure you stop them right away as they are creating a pretty negative profile long term and it happens often."

In other news, Rutkowski reported that Apple is now the most profitable retailer in the world. 

"Apple retail stores do $2400 per square meter of floor space compared with Tiffany's which does $700 per square meter per day," said Rutkowski. 


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RE: How can Facebook create a profile without you?
By AntiM on 4/14/2011 9:31:14 AM , Rating: 2
I think that if this happens, the lawsuits will start flying. I also predict that FB will eventually die a slow death like AOL did.


By kleinma on 4/14/2011 10:38:16 AM , Rating: 2
I agree... nothing lasts forever, people will get tired of airing their entire lives to advertisers on facebook. They simply aren't wise to it now, but once there is some sort of massive data leak, followed by the scary news coverage and tv documentaries on 60 minutes about how your identity is no longer yours, people will back off of facebook. Selling your soul is not worth whatever it is facebook offers.


By Dr of crap on 4/14/2011 10:43:27 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but I can't see anyway that your credit score will be tied to a Facebook page.
If you do not incage in any game ply, or post any messages, what credit / personal things can a credit scoreing company get from that?

This is just brainstorming to get a reaction and get people thinking to maybe make it happen.
It won't!


By augiem on 4/14/2011 2:02:40 PM , Rating: 2
If FB can ride the wave a few more years, they could easily mutate and go off in all kinds of random directions like Google did. Although the most likely course seems to be yet another advertising company... yecch...


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