Facebook: Will it be around forever?


I have often marveled at the shear success of Facebook and how they have knocked all competition out of the park to create the most widely used social networking website on the internet. It currently has a staggering 500 million active users and statistically 1 in every 13 people on Earth have an account. Facebook has changed the way people interact in a social environment, either for better or for worse. The overwhelming figure that 70% of Facebook's user base reside outside of the United States and Great Britain really puts into perspective how Facebook has branched out into non-English speaking countries. Visiting the profile page of a Chinese man now feels like you've been transported from Facebook into another dimension of obscure symbols and beautiful anime girls.

Just a few years ago we would have been unconvinced whether Facebook was capable of overtaking the past leaders in social networking such as MySpace and Bebo services. My personal opinion as to the reason for Facebook's substantial success comes down to the exclusivity, meaning that whilst MySpace is geared towards music lovers and Bebo caters quite heavily for children Facebook has no strict target audience. This makes Facebook a comfortable and welcoming service that is attractive to new visitors and does not exclude anyone because of their personal characteristics including race, religion or sexuality. The question as to whether Facebook can outlast the thwarts of time has yet to be seen but they have already implemented numerous measures to reinforce the service as an adaptable and ever-changing one. Regarding recent changes such as the rearranged layout and new system for displaying photographs: Facebook are desperately trying to keep people interested and meeting the demands of the people. However change is often frowned upon especially when it is done wrongly, the worrying question remains whether a drastic unwanted change could be the downfall of Facebook.

People doubted that MySpace would ever die at the time. I mean it's not dead now, technically. It's like a graveyard now where the only visitors are undertakers and the occasional morning to weep over the memories of their lost and bedraggled service - all the while listening to to the old and forgotten Greenday albums and wishing they had got more of a suntan in the summer of 2006. Their passion was admirational.. I do think now it is time to let go. You'll still have your memories that you can share on Facebook!

No matter how much security and prevention methods they have Facebook is still a love-nest for hackers to manipulate the personal information to target individual people. The amount of details people post about themselves on Facebook unknowingly can be dangerous because of the people who are able to get hold of that information and use it for their own purposes. Even without the threat from intruders Facebook also causes a great deal of domestic problems for people - Every other week there's an article about how Mrs Smith from Brighton was sacked from her work after she called her manager a balding muggle in a Facebook status and he spilled coffee all over himself in tearful anger.

Despite what angle we look at this from Facebook will not last forever most certainly. It will eventually be considered less trendy for the new youth and the curtains will be drawn for the majority of active users as they migrate to a more interesting service that offers better social interacting with friends. It's still going to be around for a bloody long time though!

Comments

Kerykeion said...

I'm hoping facebook is a fad which will die out within the next decade.

-DO- said...

i'm not a big facebook fan but i think it's to big to fail

Fighter said...

Facebook is great business and it will stay for a bit long time during there won't be something better..;)

Nik Mekeena said...

not a huge facebook fan

Showtek said...

Facebook is a good service but it's not eternal. People like social networking and I don't think that will be going anywhere. The most important thing is that people Re so connected and that facebook might be replaced. Social networking however I don't think is going anywhere

stooB said...

i used to think facebook was amazing when they first released it, but now it isn't the same...

but even if people don't like facebook, what will replace it?

Stuff that matters, stuff that don't said...

Facebook has had an amazing amount of success. I think it will stay around for quite a while.

h88mans said...

I hope it wont, antisocial ahoy!

Bobby said...

Ask this same question in 5 years. Only time will tell.

obi said...

im on facebook less and less these days. following with interest ;)

C. said...

i think it will last forever, become deeply embedded with our culture and eventually be taken over by the government.

TJ said...

Nice read. I'll check back with my morning coffee.

The Wired said...

I marvel at its success as well. Check out the book "Facebook and Philosophy" its a good read..following and supporting

Byakuya said...

I liked facebook until I realised people had addictions to it that passed the realms of any World of Warcraft player.

It's a cancer, a blight, and a stain on modern society. Not that I'm complaining, I just hate the people that sit watching facebook for meaningless updates, only so they can post an even more insignificant comment.

Nice blog anyway, good post, even if it has made me rant a little. Followed.

PiratesLoveVikings said...

Cool blog, mate. Fbook is pretty cancerous. I personally don't use it. Kinda scary how repressed myspace was and then how widely accepted facebook has become.

Alysson H. said...

I think about it all the time. Is facebook going to be big forever? Is it going to be overtaken by another social network?

I think that it'll remain big for a very very long period of time because of the enormous ammout of people that are using it and it's also the world's most visited site by far! So yeah I think that it'll stay like that for a long time.

Nice article by the way

kennanjones69 said...

I think it will eventually go the way of Myspace myself.

displayed said...

if they try anything like myspace and ruin their site with html and javascript and all that flash crap, i can see them sinking. but for now, theyre the best at what they do.

Jay Cockson said...

I'm pretty sure Diaspora will kill facebook. It'll take a while it'll happen.

Daniel Andrade said...

nothing lasts forever.

Rachel Neilson said...

I hate whenver people say facebook has 500 million people. I alone have 3 of those 500 million. how many others have more than one? the number of unique members is probably like 200M

RaZer said...

it will be around for a long time, but by no means forever. I give it 10 years before a competing service comes into play that has something FB doesn't

blaza1 said...

Awesome read! Following :D

Salman A said...

Like all great things, I think even facebook will fall one day. Just look at how big MySpace was.

BlowingInTheWind said...

I bloody hope not, Facebook generation is a pish take.

I think it actually will be around for quite a while longer. It is nice to share pics with friends and the odd status update.

But I hate it when im out with someone and they say, ZOMG this is going on facebook in the morning =/

Scott said...

Remember that Facebook's early success was partially due to it's exclusivity. It was only for certain universities, then all universities, then everyone. You've got to think the base it had when it opened to the public helped it to grow the way it did.

Charles said...

very cool, I like FB, but don't need it.

Nedyvai said...

facebook destroyed myspace. I do think that there will be something greater that wil destroy facebook

ReidTech said...

1 in 13 is a interesting stat. Considering they are still countries that block out facebook completely on their internet, such as egypt. Maybe egypts recent revolution will allow for them to join the rest of us in the western world. They occupy like a billion people ? thats a insane amount.

s-co said...

MySpace got a fake tits desert :( It used to be heaven to me being a music loving teenager

DreadParrotRoberts said...

I am hopeful that facebook will eventually fail but, I am more concerned about the ever-growing reality of persistent identity on the internet.

pennywise said...

Facebook wil live forever!

ReidTech said...

I want to make a correction on my previous post, i claimed egypt occupied a billion people, when actual fact it is about 82,999,393. :X