Skip to comments.Is Facebook going to buy Opera, make its own browser?
Posted on 05/28/2012 10:50:16 AM PDT by EveningStar
The Facebook spending spree may be continuing as a new report says the social networking giant might be looking to buy Norwegian company Opera Software.
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I misread the headlines. I thought the word was “Oprah”. :)
I can’t see how this is a good use of money, along with the reports that FaceBook is developing its own smartphone. This will only cause resistance in companies who will now see FaceBook as a competitor, not just an application on their devices.
The tree is in the forest .... somewhere .. there might be a few beautiful flowers nearby, but ...
I remember the “Viola” browser, back in the very beginning when Mosiac was the only option and it was a question if the WorldWideWeb could unseat Gopher...
Facebook wants their “own” browser.
IMHO, it would be cheaper and a lot faster to make and promote add-ins for IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc.
Facebook already has an unholy alliance with Yahoo. I have a FB account, but post nothing...its just a portal to look at other people’s accounts.
Yet, I have been ‘posting’. I recently discovered that every time I read a Yahoo news item, a post is made that announces that I read it.
You can turn it off of course....
“...along with the reports that FaceBook is developing its own smartphone”
Gee, I bet a Facebook phone will be real good at.....ad placement while on FB.
That’s about it.
Isn’t opera the browser that the WII uses? It’s sub-standard if you ask me. Or just the WII is limited?
Awwww, crap. If that’s true, I’ll never accept another download/upgrade from Opera, EVER. Facebutt is absolute garbage/crap/trash spy/malware.
I’ve been using Opera (now v11.64) for 4+yrs and love it. Compact, versatile, fast, powerful and very configurable. I run WIN-7 Pro 64-bit and have never opened the MSIE v9-POS. I also have Firefox as a back-up browser, but have hardly used it, either. I also have Thunderbird (now v12.0.1) as an email client.
If Facebutt gets their slimy, dirty hands on Opera, they’ll ruin it and, I’d bet, millions will drop using/uninstall it. I probably will, too, and look around for something else. I still have some Mozilla Netscape v18.104.22.168 CDs in the “computer museum” in my basement, and might even resurrect one of those “oldies”. Heh.
My first reaction, too. So many headlines have major spelling errors so you never know. Thought it strange because I wasn’t aware that Oprah had a browser. Then I thought about the singing type Opera.
Read the comments. One very interesting one, particularly since it’s in a LA paper, said something about when you see a statement that “nothing will change” it raises a red flag. Obamacare instantly popped into my mind.
Particularly since I don’t do Facebook it’s quite entertaining to watch all the hub bub.
If you’re on Facebutt, GET OFF.
Here’s how to delete your account, which isn’t available through the UCP (User Control Panel), anymore:
This is what happens when a 29 yo kid runs a multi-billion dollar company. Remember all the chit Microsoft got into when Gates was a kid?
I’m not tech savvy enough to give an opinion on browsers....or why Wii internet on your TV is different than say, hooking up a tv to a standard computer.
You cannot delete your account. It is marketing gold to FB. No way are they going to get rid of that. All you can do is request FB to make it inactive.
Reminds me of...
Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back To the place I was before "Relax, " said the night man, "We are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave!"
I don’t know why they would. They already have their own browser called RockMelt and it works really well. It’s a lot faster and more reliable than any of the others, especially I.E., that I have used. I use it exclusively.
Facebook is OK depending on how you use it and how careful you are. I keep up with out of state family through Facebook along with friends that live too far away to visit. I don’t live on it the way so many do and I don’t play the silly games that so many are addicted to.
In the mobile world, browsers are becoming less important because so much is being delivered via an “app”.
I feel desktops will follow this trend.
Opera Mini is my favorite mobile browser, bar none. I hope this doesn’t crap it up.
Thank you for that link. Months ago I had tried to delete the account but got the “Disable” humbug.
“Hotel California”... like the “Roach Motel”. Yep.
Yes, they’ll continue to keep and re-sell your info, but at least it’s not publicly accessible, anymore. And you can easily delete their “following cookies”, like Google puts on to your system, from your HD, so you can get rid of their tracking devices and nagging ads on visited web pages.
I’ve been using opera since back when we had to pay for it and it fit on a floppy disk.
Opera has their own “facebook” type community called “My Opera” - might be attractive to facebook.
I just downloaded version 12. beta.
It may be the last.
...and if it opera-ates (sorry) like FBook did today with that STUPID error message then it will go down like the IPO...
I’ve disabled “My Opera” on v11.64 and numerous previous versions, since I hate that social networking-gabby-gossip crap. How is v12 beta? Buggy? That one, if it gets out of beta test, may be my last one, too.
“Ive disabled My Opera on v11.64 and numerous previous versions...”
It was on v11.62 - Speed Dial, right-click, Appearance, Panels, Toolbars - but “My Opera” is now not a box to be unchecked on either screen option in the current v11.64 browser. Darnit. It appears under the Toolbar’s “Help”. I just won’t get involved. I also used “Tools”, Advanced, Cookies and removed their stuff, in case it was tracking etc.
Nah. App versus browser is a rehash of a fight that has already been played.
AOL couldn’t keep people roped into their internet with training wheels over time no matter how many coasters they sent out in the mail. It was easier for older people to learn on, they just didn’t stay in their unlearned state.
Similarly, Apps help for viewing web content be it shopping or discussion or what have you when you are on a phone or on a tablet with very limited processing capacity...but they are annoying as all get out once you move to a more capable device.
v 12 is seems faster. easily imported existing opera bookmarks and passwords. ( wonder why they didn't change the password algorithm)
It's called “Opera Next” ( I believe “Next” is only used for opera beta versions).
They no longer install “Unite” “Widgets” “Voice” on a new install - discontinued.( It will probably still be there if v 12 is installed as an upgrade)
plug-ins are now handled as a separate system process ( like Chrome)
changing “themes” is a breeze
They are using your Graphics card features for acceleration.
I don't play games, so I wont be trying this out.
>>IMHO, it would be cheaper and a lot faster to make and promote add-ins for IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc.<<
Add ins — the primary carriers of viruses...
It would be too bad. I have enjoyed using Opera for years, along with the Mozilla browsers. If FB acquires it I, at least, will refuse upgrades or just delete it. By the way how does one block Google?
That has not been my experience.
In your Opera’s toolbar, go to Tools/Advanced/Cookies, scroll thru all of the entries, and delete *everything* related to Google/Chrome etc. Many of the condensed [+] cookies need to be opened so you can delete each entry, or some might survive. In recent Opera versions, deleting the main entry does it; older versions required deleting all entries under the [+]. It changes to open when you see [-].
Keep scrolling and delete all of the various website entries for Google/Chrome etc, too. You’ll be stunned at what’s in that Cookies drop-down menu.
What version are you using? It’s in the toolbar under Help/ About.
I was stunned. Yes. Thanks.
Hmmmm, I went to Help/Check for Updates and it says I have the latest version at v11.64. I can’t find a place to get v12. It’s still got Widgets and Unite in v11.64, so maybe I’m not signed-up to get beta versions. I don’t remember any “Next” versions over the past years either. Changing themes is fast: it d/lds and installs immediately in this version, too.
Thanks! I’ll give it a try-out.
Chrome is by far the best, fastest and most stable, but I am way of it because I know Eric Schmidt thinks we are not entitled to any privacy. Opera is good too. But none of this will save Facebook. They will go the way of MySpace within 5 years.
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