Have you noticed that Facebook isn't making the news as much as it used to? That's likely a little comforting for investors who've seen the company take hits for everything from poor product choices to privacy gaffes.

But there's also a difference between laying low and disappearing from view. At the South By Southwest Interactive conference, Facebook was rarely seen. Even the stats the company cited in show missives, such as 40 billion tracks played on the social network, say as much about Spotify as Facebook.

Should investors be worried? Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova says the threat from Google is certainly real in this interview with the Fool's Alison Southwick. Please watch, and then leave a comment to let us know what you think.


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The article Facebook Is Losing Influence originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the  Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Google at the time of publication. Check out Tim's web home and portfolio holdings or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool owns shares of Google and Facebook. The Fool has bought calls on Facebook. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Facebook and Google. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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