What are the benefits of Facebook?
In the modern world of social networking, facebook seems to be the front runner in the race to not only dominate the Internet but also many peoples lives. As of 2011, more people use facebook in the world than do not use facebook. Facebook is the most popular word typed into google with something like three billion hits a month. Facebook chat is more widely used that skype, MSN messenger or any other messaging services available and let's not forget that there has already been an incredibly successful film made on facebook and the 'social networking' age.
From those facts alone it is clear that facebook.com has something a little extra than all the social networking sites before it. Its success is unparralled and its creator is amongst the top 20 richest people in the world!
So why is facebook so appealing?
In this article I hope to look at some of the things that facebook allows us to do which ultimately makes us want to give up our time to be on it.
The first thing that someone does once they sign up and login to www.facebook.com is create their very own facebook profile. The facebook profile allows users to put as little or as much information about themselves as they like. If you do not wish to let anyone know anything about yourself, then you don't have to write anything. On the other hand, if you wish to let the world know your interests, where you work, where you live, your phone number, your favourite music/movies/hobbies and quotes then you can do that also. You can even put your relationship status and show who your relationship is with. This may all seem very simple, but people like to write about themselves, and people like to read about other people. Consequently, the facebook profile is a major pull for people who are interested in sharing personal stories, hobbies and details.
Facebook also works as a giant photograph album.
Most young generations put almost every photograph they take onto facebook resulting in it being the largest catelogue of photographs in the world. There are more photos on facebook than exist on paper in the entire universe. It is easy and convenient, you can be tagged in a photograph and have your very own copy despite not taking the picture yourself. As well as photos, there are videos, voicenotes, blogs, and anything else that you want to store. The benefit of this is not just that you get to keep a record of your own life for as long as you have been on facebook but also you get to look at other people's photos and videos. Humans are naturally very nosey and curious creatures and we love to see funny pictures or videos of other people. Photos help us get a visual understanding of what is happening in that particular person's life.
Facebook status' more or less do what the entire of Twitter does. People use twitter to let other people know what they are doing and where they are doing it. The same can be done on facebook.com and you can even put in the exact location so that people can click on it and check it out. Again it appeals to those who wish to talk about their own lives and see what other people are doing. A simple, but clever concept.
Facebook chat now has a video feature, it is almost exactly like skyping from computer to computer over the Internet. The reason why facebook has made it so big and has managed to stay so big is that it incorporates everything socially useful that the Internet has to offer. It is fast moving, quick to update, and very successful at finding current niches. Facebook chat didn't exist until sometime last year and already it is the post popular chat network in the world.
The most useful thing, in my opinion, about facebook is the connections you can make and keep. The older generations of today have circles of friends much smaller than the younger generations, this is partly because it was very difficult to keep in contact with people. If you didn't see them on a day to day basis and they were not particularly good friends with you then over time they would become forgotten. On facebook, you can meet someone once, add them as a friend and then, wherever they are around the world, you can sign in and speak to them or look and see what they are doing.
This leads me to my fact of the day. Because of facebook a huge amount of people stay connected and as a result the official degrees of separation is now only four people. That means for the majority of people in the world, I am (and you are) only 4 people away from them. So my friend's friend's friend knows you. In theory, that means if I wanted to meet Britney Spears of even President Obama, I could ask my friend to ask their friend to ask their friend to ask Britney, or Obama if they want to hang out with me. (Unlikely, but wouldn't that be great?!) The point is, because of facebook, we really do live in a 'small world' and as frightening as that is to some people, it is also a very exciting prospect for the future.
So sign in on facebook and have fun exploring and sharing the social networking world.
As always, I'd love to hear your comments and thoughts.
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