Facebook is sticky for sure, but I think people are pretty elastic these days when it comes to social networking. And why wouldn’t they be — look at the physical world. We all don’t go to the same shops, restaurants or clubs for our entire lives. Tastes change. “Neighborhoods” change. People change.
Like most people in our little world, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time thinking and having conversations on Facebook. I use Facebook to be in touch with the persons I like. They can see my photos, they can offer me a present, they can write me something and it is easier to put you photo there than in a blog and its simple good means of communication!! I would really love to hear opinions, thoughts, insights into what’s going on over at Facebook.
I’ve always felt the difference is that Orkut/MySpace is all about “design”, while Facebook ends up being about “content”. On Facebook, the top activities are now application adding, wall writing, tagging and status updates. The point of doing these is to provide content. Facebook’s look is clean and crisp, so the design, I lately found myself ‘meeting’ like-minded people, having curious discussions, and contributing to group comments.
Let me throw out a couple of my own thoughts why I started.
• I joined because I was curious about how it worked, how its designed, and how other people are using this.
• I’m feeling as though the number one reason to be on Facebook is that all my friends are on Facebook. The problem with that is that at some point in the near future all your friends will be somewhere else and while I’m totally fine with using Facebook for now.
• Facebook, I had been only accepting friend requests from people that I went to school and college with and folks who have socialized at my house. But what about people that I enjoy talking with at conferences? What about people I respect? What about people who appreciate my research but whom I have not yet met? I started feeling guilty thinking why I hadn’t accepted their friend request.
It’s funny how these social networks have a kind of life cycle. I have a profile on Facebook, as well as Orkut and several others but Facebook has proven the most functional for me. But I now found myself inviting Orkut/MySpace friends to come over to Facebook just because the user experience is relatively painless in comparison. My friend said me that he did not see the point to have Facebook because he has Orkut, I told him that the people who are 20 today know Facebook but dont know Orkut. For me this theory works. I suggested why don’t have both? Most of us have 2 email address for example. Even if Orkut and Facebook are not different you can make them different posting what you want to post ect…
I have a love/hate thing going with Facebook…
I love the fact I can keep in touch with a group of friends who I have met / interacted with or (minority) know through blogs etc. Its a “goto” place for this – one stop shop, if you will.
What I hate is some of the childish apps and messages that friends posts on… Fun but meaningless.. I say “Facebook is a Social Networking site, not your personal diary or a rough book”..
I think Facebook sucks nowadays. I may be the only one out of millions of people who thinks so, but other social networking sites suck also. So don’t feel bad, Facebook creator. By the way I liked the movie and how you created this when you were drunk, how come a lot of people get their ideas from being under the influence, but yet, alcohol and drugs are bad for you. ;)