With over 600 Million users and $50 Billion valuation, Facebook is riding high on success path. But this also attracts the constant growing challenge of technical scalability and sustainability that exactly what Bret Taylor, CTO –Facebook, feels. In an interview with the BBC, Taylor has said that his biggest technology challenge is to deliver Facebook to all users who want to use it and the way they want.
Over past couple of years Facebook has grown enormously, so the technology. Today there are multiple medium to access the Internet and people across different geographies are leveraging on all such technologies at the same time. Mobile Industry is going through major transformation and Smartphones are gradually replacing traditional handsets. As a result people are much more connected than before over Internet and Internet properties like Facebook.
Taylor said this has thrown a dynamic challenge to Facebook as there are multiple mobile platform which have significant market share like iOS from Apple, Android from Google, Symbian from Nokia and OS6 from BlackBerry. Taylor admits that for any new update rollout Facebook team need to work on minimum seven different version of Facebook to satisfy all set of users.
He quoted “With all these mobile devices, there’s a huge amount of platform diversity now. When we update the Facebook product we have to update about seven different versions. We have to update the website that runs on your PC, the iPhone app, the Android app, the Blackberry app, the mobile site and a number of other device-specific versions of Facebook.”
When asked about the next big thing in his Industry, Taylor was excited to explain why he leans towards News and media. As per Taylor there’s a next generation of startups that are developing social versions of these applications, where what Zynga is to gaming, they will be to media and news, and we’re really excited about that.
Pinch about the biggest mistake he ever committed, Taylor recalls his experience in FriendFeed- which is overtaken by Facebook now – only to admit that buying servers to kill the Infrastructure challenges was probably the biggest mistake he committed being as CEO. Given a choice now, he would rather stick with cloud hosting providers like Amazon Web Services.