Sometimes people search my blog, asking: Are people getting tired of Facebook? Others wonder if Facebook is becoming less popular. It is hard to tell exactly if Facebook is losing its luster with the world, but I would venture to guess that like all things, Facebook was exciting at first, and as time passes, it becomes 'old hat'.
What were your thoughts when you first began using Facebook? Mine went something like "it will be great to find some of my old classmates. They are sure going to be impressed when they see the awesome things I have accomplished with my life!" Some people may wonder if their old friend who was a trouble maker in the classroom is now a troublemaker in the jail. Maybe that hot girl that you liked is all settled down with a bevy of children. Maybe she is not as pretty as she once was? And what about uncle Carl, does he have a Facebook too?
Recently, Care2.com ran an article about Facebook charging for special features. The Article stated:
Facebook has indeed started to test a “pay to promote” tool in New Zealand: To give an item posted on Facebook a better chance of being seen by family, friends and others, users can pay a small fee to promote it. The highest price that users are being charged is about $2.00, notes the BBC. A Facebook spokesperson would not provide additional information about whether the test would be extended to other places or when will end.
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In fact, scanning through the comments, I noticed that many people did not use Facebook and that many were appalled at the idea of paying to have your comment be better noticed. In fact, this shows me that Facebook is becoming more desperate to be the king of the (a)social networking world. There are many people who remember MySpace and how at one time almost everyone had a MySpace account. Some people still do. I recently remembered that I even made an account for my now deceased pet a few years ago. In fact, many of my friends have Facebook accounts for pets and even characters on video games. However, the reality is that many of those who I speak with are stating that they don't really see the point of Facebook any longer. Even one individual, who has at least three accounts on Facebook that she used to use consistently, told me that she is thinking of leaving Facebook (I hope she does). The truth is, for many Facebook no longer has the grand allure that it once held. In other words, Facebook is losing its popularity and, there is no doubt that it will eventually be almost forgotten.
In one article that I recently read, an analyst predicted that Facebook will disappear by 2020. Of course, there is no way to say for certain if he is right or wrong. But, I believe that there is much truth in his prediction. Can you really still see society hooked on Facebook for another 8 years? I can't. Even if Facebook is huge today, that does not mean that it will be huge in the future. Technology changes faster than ever, and there is a good chance that something new and fresh will be invented that will replace Facebook, and hopefully (a)social networking as a whole, for good.
Is Facebook losing popularity? I sincerely hope so. Only time will tell. I am interested in what you think. Does Facebook still hold a presence in your life, your friends and families lives, or is it becoming less and less noticeable in your day to day life?