Saturday, August 4, 2012

Facebook: A foul pastime

If there is something foul about your life, it could be Facebook. The foul pastime is taking up an inordinate amount of people's time, and you may be addicted as well. Facebook's goal is sadistic: "to make the world more open and connected." Now, that might sound somewhat good on its face, but what about privacy? Should everyone in the world know what everyone else is doing at all times? I don't think so.  I value my privacy.

Facebook recently announced some "facts and figures" which are interesting to think about:

*Monthly active users now total 901 million (up from 680 million a year ago).
*One in 7.7 people in the world have a Facebook account.
*Daily active users are up to 526 million (up from 372 million last year).
*Monthly mobile users now total 488 million.
*Eighty-three million monthly active users accessed Facebook solely from mobile in the month ending March 31, 2012.
*300 million photos are uploaded to the site each day.
*3.2 billion Likes and Comments are posted daily.
*Hosts 125 billion friendships.
*Revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.058 billion, up from $731 million last year.
*Facebook expected to raise $5 billion in its IPO.
*Facebook paid Instagram the equivalent of $1.01 billion for its business.
*If Facebook increased its current revenue rate it will make from $4.69 to $4.81 on each of its 901 million users each year.
*Facebook hosts 42 million “Pages” with 10 or more likes.
*There are currently 9 million Facebook “apps”.
*Facebook owns 774 of its own US patents.
*Facebook bought an additional 650 patents from Microsoft for $550 million.
*Zynga the online games company (which includes Farmville) contributes 15% of Facebook revenue *Facebook currently has 3,539 full-time employees.

That being said, it seems that Facebook is quite the beast.  The one that made me giggle was one in 7.7 people in the world have a Facebook account.  So what?  Does that mean I should have one?  If anything, it makes me feel better for not having one.  Does Facebook mention that many people actually have more than one account?  Further, does Facebook take into account that many people made accounts that are no longer active, and have not been active for years?  For example, I know of a few people with at least two, and at least one person with three Facebook accounts.  Further, many people make Facebook accounts for things such as their pets, their dead relatives, and their teeth.  Is Facebook counting those?  If so, the number might be a good deal different.

Also, 15% of Facebook's revenue is contributed by a single company.  What happens if people get bored of games like Farmville (and they will after a certain period of time).  Honestly, do you expect people to still be playing similar games ten years from now?  Just because something is hot today doesn't mean it will be around forever. 

Also, if Facebook increased its current revenue rate... Facebook probably won't be able to sustain its current revenue stream as people are and will be growing sick of Facebook.  Think about it: it's only so much fun to share the mundane aspects of your life to others.  Further, it gets old hearing about other people's lives really fast.  Do Facebook users think that they can continue hearing about the most mundane aspects of their friends and family forever?  Will people always be satisfied being connected on a superficial level?  I don't think so.  While Facebook is still relatively new, it's starting to lose its novelty factor.  People are going to only gravitate away from Facebook.

When Facebook moves to new countries it may be a novel item there, but it's popularity is going to eventually wane in the places where it is very popular.  Before I left Facebook many of my friends had stopped posting on their accounts.  Sure, their account is still active (many people will not deactivate) but they are not logging in very much, and if they do, it's only to glimpse at some random things.  The days of checking Facebook hourly are coming to a close folks, and nobody is more happy about that than myself.

That being said, it's still important to help those who are being sucked in by this horrific monster.  It's important to show people that there is a glorious life outside of that nasty ol' internet site.  The same goes for sites like the all-encompassing bastion of hate known as Twitter.  Spending hours on these sites in order to formulate short status updates and tweets is a vile way to pass time.  Facebook is a fowl pastime, and it's time to end it.  Deactivate your Facebook right now and save yourself the bother of having to waste another minute telling the world something they probably don't care to know.

1 comment:

  1. Correction on your blog post:

    Facebook is a (fowl) pastime, and it's time to end it.

    fowl -- foul