“Thinking that Facebook is forever is like thinking that AOL was the be-all-end-all of the Internet. Eventually, everyone will use something else.” – Entrepreneur Max Salzberg (via Cnn.com)
Myspace… Friendster… College Club… Blackplanet…
These are just a few of used-to-be-popular social networking sites that have gone by the waste side. If history tells us anything, it’s that Death has a Google account. It looks like Facebook is next on his list.
But why do social media sites become less popular over time? Are they “played out?” Are they any less innovative? Do they fail to change with the times? Twitter allowed us the ability to microblog and send updates in 140 characters or less. Facebook then introduced the “Status Update.” When you actually look at both sites, Facebook actually has way more features.
The real question is perhaps this: Is it simply that we eventually become bored with what social media sites have to offer?
Looking at this question, it would appear that in today’s society we are slowly, but subtly being conditioned to upgrade. A new iPhone comes out every 1-2 years. Windows XP is the equivalent of Windows 95. Pentium III processors, ten years ago, could get you by just fine. Today, they could barely let you use Photoshop, watch a movie, and pay a bill online. Do you still go to Yahoo to search for something? How long do you think it will be before Xbox 2 or PS4 are on the shelves?
Perhaps that’s what is going on with Facebook. Despite privacy concerns, Facebook has as many features and users as ever. But maybe we don’t care about new features. Maybe my Gmail suits me just fine, and I don’t care for Facebook email. Maybe I’m tired of being tagged in photos for Jordans, Jordan heels, and fake red-bottoms. Maybe relationship statuses only matter to 19 year olds and not 29 year olds. Maybe I can control all of these things, but I’m just tired of the service that allows me to control all of these things. Maybe, just maybe, I want something new presented in a newer format… even if that something new is something that I already have.
And all of that could mean, just maybe, that I have conformed… Jumping through hoops not to be part of the status quo, so that I can be part of the newest-latest.
Maybe, just maybe, we should choose what works best for us, and stick with that.