Is Facebook Dead?

Is Facebook Dead?

I have written about Facebook for years. Sometimes I have spoken highly of it, other times I dislike it for its never ending “moaning” and promotion. I wrote an article this month about having a “dislike” button installed. It only makes sense. If we can Like something, why not Dislike it? It this rude? Maybe. But then I can let others know when I disagree with them or are turned off by the close-up of their taco dinner!

Outside of the wonderful birthday greetings I get from my FB friends, I am growing tired of the Facebook site. It may be time for me to switch my efforts to Flickr where I can post pictures and say little else. Then I will not have to hear about everyone’s lives in detail. I think there has to be a better place to revel your most private moments, not on Facebook to 1000 friends you have never met.

When did we all get so wrapped up in sharing our most private information to complete strangers? Are we just so pressured in doing so because “everyone else is?” Or is it because we feel special when our comment or photo is “Liked?” Are we really developing a following that we can benefit from?

The beauty of the internet is that you can reach so many people on sites like You Tube, Facebook and Twitter that allow you to build your database of acquaintances as you develop your personal or professional brand. Yes, we do get the reach of audience, but are these the people we want to correspond with and is it worth the time invested to do so?

I am not alone in this opinion. Is Facebook becoming an ineffective tool? Is it Dead? It has had a good run. The founder sold out at the right time. It is no longer the cool site it used to be on. Based on my experience, Pinterest is the new hot site for social media correspondence on the web.

Facebook also has a privacy problem. Re-posting someone’s photo without their permission is becoming an issue. The amount of invitations I receive from my network to their events fills up my calendar and many comments are just getting nastier.

Are you still using Facebook? And, for how long? Is it time to say good-bye to Facebook?

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  • Facebook cannot not be trusted, as they constantly fiddle with the privacy concerns and are using your private information for big personal gain.

    I think Facebook, Twitter Pinterest, Link-in are really anti-social media. Your comments are getting nastier, because people, often nameless and faceless, feel free to say what they would not have to the guts to say to you in person or even in their real identities.

  • And "Google", with its "Don't be Evil" is Orwellian in its sound and they certainly do not follow their own slogan, photographing and documenting everything and turning emails and who knows what else over to the advertisers and the government. Beware when someone tells you their slogan is "Don't be Evil," as I think it is projection of values.

  • I think a lot of the sharing of personal info like you mentioned- pictures of food, vacation, family, etc. is just the digital age's version of "keeping up with the Joneses". It's the humblebrag in the form of "sharing". You "share" in a "social" way that you are at an airport en route to the Cayman Islands, or that you're eating at a fancy restaurant. But for some reason people just don't feel as social when they're at Wal-Mart or staying in on a Friday because they never seem to check-in from those locations.

  • I think you have something about the keeping up part, and you're right --- not too many pictures of Wal-Mart's kitchen appliance aisle.

    Still, I think the notion that pasting even a casserole picture on FB is somehow social is absurd. I don't want to see it; hence my FB identity is only for comments. I have no friends on FB (sob), and refuse any attempts.

    Much more "social", I think, is Meetup.com, because people actually appear in front of each other for shared interest.

    FB is not dead, but like all the others, not to be trusted. And not out of paranoia, but why should they know all about me and profit from me and I get nothing but invaded privacy?

  • Thanks Richard and TR for the comments. When we are on these social media sites we invite invasion of privacy but at what cost? We do "meet" new people and some are interesting, but the obsession with posting to keep up traffic on our site becomes a job and in the end we just have many pictures of our life for our scrapbook.

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