Facebook, So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good-bye!

Do you hear those 'Sound of Music' lyrics emanating from  the hallowed halls of Socialgraphica sending out our early good-byes to Facebook? The NY Times might be right when it talks about its imminent demise. In an article titled "Facebook Exodus" they refer to things falling apart when the center cannot hold the weight. Is Facebook about to implode at the hands of its own critical mass?

In a previous blog I wrote back in July titled "...this is not your son's Facebook anymore," I talked about Facebook scaling past the one quarter billion mark, but ironically losing the college kids that made up its original base.

With parents and grandparents now joining in exponential numbers and as Facebook's demographics skew older, this might be one of the reasons for the exodus of that core group. In this Onion parody, it might also have to do with what your Moms are doing to your digital street cred once they locate you on FB.

According to the NY Times article, the Exodus could also be caused by Zuckerberg et al selling out to commercialism and corporate greed. Virigina Heffernan writes, "As Facebook endeavors to be the Web's headquarters" and its desire to compete head-on with Google, the Internet's numero uno benefactor, "its inevitable that some people would come to view it as Big Brother." 

Will Facebook go the way of MySpace, where you can almost hear the tumbleweeds blowing through its ghost town web pages? Has it 'jumped the shark' leaving only the marketers left to pick away at is rotting social networking carcass? Is Facebook dying a slow death or have the cool kids just moved on to the next shiny thing?

Or might this be the first red flag to be run up the social media flagpole indicating the end of the Web 2.0 era? If so, when will the hills be alive with the sound of music again, since all the cool kids have left the party and said Adieu to all their old friends?

Sep 6, 2009
by Anonymous

The 'cool kids'

Cool kids don't exist. The 'cool' meter seems to point to things that are unknown, and there are simply too many self-appointed 'cool kids' for that to work.

That aside, Facebook still--regardless of an over-abundance of identical applications--retains the title of 'only social site worth its salt.' At least, for me.

Twitter is the one possible exception, but every other social site I've been to is entirely too cluttered. At least advertisements on Facebook go out of their way to stay out of the way, sitting nicely in a column at the right of the page. (And sometimes at the very top and bottom.)

Even Google's Orkut doesn't work for me, simply because nobody knows it exists, (making it the next cool site!?) and I don't care as there's understandably a minimum age. (I'm over that minimum, for the record)

That things are optional on Facebook, something which a lot of people don't seem to understand, means to me that it will be around for some time yet. You don't have to reveal too much personal information about yourself. You don't have to add that annoying 'friend,' and you can even block him from requesting your friendship. (Or leave the request in your inbox so that you don't hurt his feelings)

You can even remove your tags from photos of yourself, if you don't want people to see it through your profile, though I don't believe there's any official channel for having a photo removed entirely that someone else posted. Perhaps that is a better reason to leave than because Facebook isn't 'cool' anymore, at least for prospective employees.