What Happens to the Power of US...

What happens to the power of US, to this social network, grassroots sort of excitment around services, such as Flickr or Myspace, when the services get bought?

So, here's a question. What happens to the power of US, to this social network, grassroots sort of excitment around services, such as Flickr or Myspace, when the services get bought?

We see that Yahoo's attempts to put Flickr accounts on one platform led to a backlash. Isn't there something inherently deflating to a service that made its name as an alternative to big companies getting bought by them? Anyone know of any other examples along the lines of Flickr/Yahoo dustup?

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