This has nothing to do with a2k though.
Sure it does, because Robert was pressured to make A2K like Facebook ....
Really? And where and when was this? I am most curious about this.
Robert said in a thread that he had an informal group that he was talking with as he decided on what the new A2K was to be. I gathered that it numbered 4-6, he never said. The group was split, but a significant number thought it should be like facebook, and they were adamant about it. Thomas was in the pro facebook school. Robert thought that he provided enough user choice that those who want this to be like facebook can have it by bulk ignoring till they get down to the small tent facebook experience, then walked away thinking that he had satisfied the demand. But of course this was way too much work to satisfy the pro facebook people, and they did not feel that Robert had done as they wanted. So they went to facebook.
This is how I remember the story. My memory is as dysfunctional as everyone elses however, I would not die for this assertion.