TechCrunch’s MG Siegler looks at the tea leaves and anticipates a day when your web browser becomes as integrated on your computer as it is on your mobile phone. He even posits that Facebook should be building their own browser with deep FB integration. The sad thing is it will happen one day.
That’s why the notion of a Facebook Phone isn’t so crazy. It would require years of work, but just look at what Google and Apple are doing now. A Facebook browser would be a shorter-term solution to some of what Facebook undoubtedly wants to do.
You might laugh at the notion of a Facebook web browser, but be honest: how many of your friends would use it? Probably a lot. If it had chat, alerts, and, of course, the News Feed, it would be a huge hit. You could visit any site on the web, but you’d be already logged in to your Facebook account. And you’d have one-click access to all your Facebook credits to buy whatever you wanted. And you would already be logged in to comment anywhere.
And it would be huge for sharing. Huge.
The more I think about this, the more I think it would be crazy for Facebook not to do this. Because Google is going to. And Google and Apple already have a huge head start on this type of deep integration thanks to their mobile platforms. Facebook is in the middle of a race they haven’t even started running yet.
It’s not far-fetched to imagine a world where your personal computer is nothing more than a browser with added cloud-based apps for documents, banking, entertainment, etc.