11 Big Ideas to Watch in 2011

Yoko Furusho
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9. A Facebook Backlash?

Facebook survived the Hollywood takedown of 2010, and Mark Zuckerberg emerged as Time's Person of the Year. Is it too good to be true? Might Facebook be primed to stumble—or at least stub a toe—sometime soon? Its size and ubiquity have drawn scrutiny and criticism from users worried about its blasé attitude toward privacy, from governments eager to regulate the way it manages user data, and from entrepreneurs who charge that its new payment system is too greedy. Will a backlash make a dent in the power of this social network? Eh, probably not.