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Has Facebook Had Its Day?
Facebook Use On The Decline?
So is anyone like me and has noticed recently that people are using facebook less? I have to say for one that I am not using facebook as often as I used to. Nowadays I only seem to check it once or twice a day (if that) whereas before I was constantly checking it quite a few times a day to see what my friends were up to.
But I think that maybe the reason that I am checking it less is that there seems to be less interesting information posted by my friends. I have about 200 friends and although there is occasionally some big piece of news posted on facebook, most people now don't seem to post so much. Some friends that I have on there don't even seem to post at all.
For the last few years, as someone who lives in a different country to a lot of my old friends, it is great to use facebook to keep in touch with them. I also have a bunch of old school friends on there that I may not have been able to get back in touch with if it wasn't for facebook, and for that I am grateful.
Maybe facebook is now for a younger generation or for those who are just starting out to use it. Maybe after a while you just get on with life and realise that you have more important things to do with your time! I know that my young nephew is always on it and has hundreds of friends on there who he is constantly interacting with. But will he get bored with it after a couple of years?
It does seem to be a useful business tool still and a great way to create a web presence if you do not have a website. To get your company information into people's everyday feeds is a great free marketing tool but will people become bored with only getting updates from the companies and pages that they like rather than their friends?
What Comes After Facebook?
So what comes after facebook? It seems like MySpace came before so will facebook be a bit of a phase that we go through and something else new will come afterwards? Will Twitter take over from facebook as being the most used social networking? I know people who prefer to use Twitter rather than facebook and now don't use facebook so much. Maybe Twitter is more for people that you don't necessarily know whereas facebook is more to keep in touch with your own friends. I personally have only a few friends who use twitter so yes, maybe they have different uses.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see if facebook slows down in it's usage at all in the next few years. Trends and fads do seem to go in waves and people seem to want something new every few years. Maybe that is why facebook keeps changing the interface so that we don't get bored and are kept on our toes!
Well I guess I will keep using it for now - my use may slow down to once a day or even less I think in future but as long as there are some vaguely interesting posts by friends then I will still keep looking...
How Much Do You Use Facebook?
New Facebook Format
Adding on to this article that I wrote nearly 6 months ago, there has been another change in the facebook user interface. This one seems to have upset a lot of people (OK all of the changes tend to upset people but this one has really been the worst I think) and now I have heard from more people who don't use it much or have deactivated their accounts.
Personally I still haven't got used to the new look of facebook and now I only really go on there a couple of times a week so my facebook usage has diminished even more.