Should Australia buy Facebook?

Should the Australian government buy Facebook and integrate it into the ABC?

 

We know the BBC for better or worse acts as an incredible marketing tool for all sorts of British endeavours both commercial and political. The ABC does this to a lesser extent however if it were to be combined with a social networking site like Facebook there are certain synergies that will occur. Daniel Johns of silverchair will certainly attest to the power of the ABC to sustain our Australian music industry.

There would be annual operating costs, that seem to be on a par with the kind of costs of our annual government expenditure on Tourism advertising. Plus there is a revenue stream from focussed advertising from the original business model. I keep thinking about all those Canadians getting a regular reminder about Gold Coast beaches in middle of January. Also at current costing it would cost less to run Facebook for a year than to buy one of those mythical Joint Strike Fighters.

Certain programming jobs could be based in Australia and help build skills in Australia.

The internet now has strategic implication for a country’s future and this allows us to have a say in this.

Just think of JJJ running Unearthed music competitions and how it could be used to promote Australian artists globally.

On the dark side, the Australian government would have files on the current 275 million and eventual 500 million users.

Post inspired by Facebook Is Hunting for More Money

 

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