Facebook: A complete waste of time?


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You're probably like me. You're in the process of confirming a whole bunch of friend requests of people from your past. Because of this you can actually watch as Facebook spreads to the masses.

And whenever you hear Zuckerberg (he was on the Today Show this morning) talk about Facebook, you get the impression that it's providing this perfect service making the world a better place.

Puh-lease!

I believe that the success of Facebook is more about voyeurism and social obligation. What does so-and-so look like after so many years? Are they successful? I hope not. I got a new friend request from someone I knew in grade 2, I MUST CONFIRM!

After Facebook completely saturates the market, and the initial novelty wears off (and it definitely does), what will become of the site then? Is Facebook doomed in spite of ridiculous short-term growth?

I think so. Do you?

This post was edited by Erik on 6/12/2007 10:38 AM
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*sigh* I just lost a big post so I'm going to have to summarize.

Facebook is awesome. With the new Facebook applications initiative they've established themselves as the premier social network. For startups looking to create a new kind of social network site around a particular niche, they don't have to start from scratch. They can leverage Facebook's community and technology and just build a layer on top. This is mutually beneficial since now Facebook gets all these cool features without lifting a finger.

Of course there arises the issue of TOO MUCH like what has happened with MySpace, but with Facebook's cleaner design and limitations on modifying the CSS of the profile, things shouldn't be as ugly. Facebook has a brighter future in the long term than a closed space like MySpace. I think MySpace is going to go the way of the AOL.

This post was edited by Omar on 6/12/2007 11:26 AM
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I think you're just fooled into thinking its awesome. Lets put it another way: Is the world better or worse because of Facebook?

Pro-facebook

  • it helps organize events
  • you can keep in touch with friends
  • perhaps, maybe make new friends (maybe)

Anti-facebook

  • HUGE productivity sink (you can't tell me spending 4hrs at work on Facebook is a good thing)
  • helps people stalk other people
  • voyeuristic
  • superficial

To me, the superficiality and the loss in productivity by far outweigh the rest.

Another thing: Are the Webkinz kids going to graduate to Facebook when they get older? I have a tough time believing they will.

This post was edited by Erik on 6/12/2007 4:46 PM
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I can see your points, Erik. I always find that I feel sort of empty after perusing Facebook, but then again, it's pretty cool to reconnect with people you haven't seen in a long time. My highschool reunion is also being planned through Facebook, which saves A LOT of time.

I wonder about the Webkinz crowd too, it will be interesting to see how the adoption of the younger generation plays out.

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The entire Internet can be a huge productivity sink as well, so I don't really consider that a proper negative. I do agree that Facebook isn't perfect of course. There are some weird issues that arise out of Facebook where people feel offended over petty issues like "oh, you didn't write on my wall on my birthday! how dare you!" But again, I think that's just exposing said person's innate pettiness.

Or rather, it's a powerful tool that let's people accomplish Good things more efficiently, but Bad things as well. But so can lots of things. And it all comes down to intended purpose. Right now it's being abused because its new and people don't know any better, but that happens with everything. The Internet started off as being ridiculous with porn, and now porn is a minority on the net. Chat rooms used to be soooo evil, but now people know how to use them properly, and they can be quite useful. They have evolved into the IM apps we're seeing today, and while those can be counterproductive, they're also extremely useful as well.

So just because it can be used for evil doesn't necessarily mean it IS evil.

It's just a tool.

And I love it!!!

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I confess that I am a facebook addict. I check facebook about 2-3 times a day. Not only do I check my own profile, but I also check those of other people's and read the Newsfeed. Yes, I am a stalker. So be it.

At the same time, I don't think facebook is evil and I don't think the world is worse off because of facebook. In fact, I think the world's better off because of it. Pretty soon, they'll come up with something that launches off of Facebook. Just like how Omar said about chat rooms evolving into IM applications. But I do think it'll have to be something really crazy. Think about it, what else is there for people to come up with? We already have MSN/AOL to chat with our friends, we have emails (gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail, etc.), and we have facebook/my space/hi5/orkut to help us keep in touch with people and see their "pages." We also have blogs, search engines (Google), and a massive number of websites out there. So I really don't know what else we need. I'm happy with what's out there already.

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Well I think I'm gonna fence sit on this. Personally, I think using facebook a lot is a ridiculous waste of time, but the event organizing and the ability to track (some) people is really useful and well implemented. A friend of mine I had lost contact with some years ago managed to track me down through facebook after specifically signing up to do that.

I only really ever go on if I get an email notification of someone adding me or something... which doesn't happen that often really.

What really bugs me is when people start insisting on using facebook to get in touch - like people who pretty much refuse to use any other method of communication then MSN messenger. I only signed up for facebook to organize a party that I wanted to invite some work friends too, but they pretty much insisted I use facebook to get in touch with them. Oh! and people who you had a falling out with or dont like (anymore) for some reason, who will refuse to talk to you in real life or on the phone or maybe even respond to emails, but will still keep you as a friend on whatever social networking site and even sometimes comment on stuff. But these problems can happen with instant messaging and other types of communication, just seems that social networking sites have the problem really bad.
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I can understand being "friends" on a social network after you've had a falling out, since you were friends at one point. But then going and commenting on stuff is quite weird. I hear about it, but I really do wonder if people find some kind of validation by the number of friends they have. I just can't believe that anybody would feel good about having a lot of Facebook friends, while having few friends in the REAL WORLD.
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Good point. I don't think the social networking "friends" moniker shouldn't be the same as the word for real "friends". It implies that they are the same. Because I once made a passing remark on your online profile, doesn't make us friends. If this same "friendship threshold" was employed in real life, then the taxi driver that drove you to work, the cashier at your grocery store, and the person you shared an elevator ride with would all be your friends.

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I'm friends with ALL those people! I would DIE for them!

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