Bret Taylor

Chief Technology Officer, Facebook

The Intersection of Social Features
17 minutes, 8.2mb, recorded 2011-10-19
Bret Taylor

From the time Bret Taylor created FriendFeed, a social networking service that Facebook later bought, his design philosophy has been products are better when they are made social. This philosophical alignment was close enough for Facebook to buy FriendFeed, and integrate some of their features such as the Open Graph and the Time Line into Facebook.

In this interview, Bret Taylor answers questions on a range of questions, including what he thinks about Google Plus, and whether Facebook and Google Plus will ever share any data. Bret also shares his perspective on who owns the data that a user creates, what is the right balance between maintaining privacy controls and allowing data portability across services, what some of the new features of Facebook are, and how Facebook caters to the needs of its power users.

Bret Taylor was the Chief Technology Officer of Facebook at the time of this interview, where he oversaw the long-term technical direction of foundational products such as News Feed, Search and Facebook Platform. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of FriendFeed, which was acquired by Facebook in August 2009. Before starting FriendFeed, Bret worked at Google, where he co-created Google Maps, the Google Maps API, and started Google’s developer product group. Bret holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.


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