Jobs’ Respect For Zuckerberg Prevented Apple From Social Networking Ventures

July 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Steve Job’s biographer Walter Isaacson has revealed that the iconic Apple co-founder had enormous respect for the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. He even claims that Jobs respected Zuckerberg to such a level that it prevented Apple from venturing into the social networking space.

The biographer has reportedly told the Washington Post that company chairman and CEO Donald Graham that Steve Jobs once told him that Zuckerberg was the one whom he most admired in theSilicon Valley.

The comments were made when Graham talked about how Steve Jobs turned out be a lesson to Mark Zuckerberg and how he usually talks about it.

Isaacson said it was the intuitive feel of Zuckerberg about what is the next best thing for Facebook that attracted Jobs much. Zuckerberg’s willingness to wipe away old things and to “do stuff that allows him to be on shifting sands” also impressed the late Apple CEO.

According to the biographer, Jobs believed that Zuckerberg did the social network job well, which in turn kept Apple from venturing anything beyond Ping on social networking space.Ping, which is a music-based social networking service, turned out to be a failure. Apple is rumored to be shutting the services down soon.

It is interesting to look back now, that a major blow to Ping was Facebook’s refusal for using Facebook Connect in it. Despite the hidden admiration both CEOs had for each other, the companies were not much into working together.

But, now analysts feel that Apple and Facebook are moving more closer as they have spotted a common enemy in Google.

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