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  1. Andy .... Again
    Andy .... Again 2 February, 2013 at 9:00 pm |

    Salient point, Matt. When I bet (and subsequently lost) who could blog 365 days / year, my internet viewing (… way-hey!) was primarily Facebook – however, the more I got into Blogging, the more I became aware of different information streams. Previously I subscribed to “Chips for tea nom nom nom” updates where now I appreciate the time people, like yourself, put into their Blog – the well crafted, personal mementos from a day shared with the citizens of the internet. Sticking your head above the parapet on Facebook and sticking your head above the parapet on a Blog are two different things – Facebook has had its day due to the people who post updates everyday, blogging will have a renaissance when people Blog everyday.

    I might be getting carried away, but – Blogging could be the new Facebook? Yes, it would not mean the death of social media – but, thankfully it might be the death of “Chips for tea nom nom nom” updates?

    Your I eagerly anticipate your weighted thoughts on this matter …..

  2. Alison
    Alison 3 February, 2013 at 11:24 am |

    Another excellent blog!! Thank you Matt. The future of Facebook does make me wonder, as does the ability to use it by external agencies to abuse the information gathered about its users. I often consider deleting my profile. x

  3. Rev_Dino
    Rev_Dino 3 February, 2013 at 11:40 am |

    Interesting stuff.. As I see it, it all boils down to relationships. There is rarely anything absolutely unique about companies (social media/hardware/software) but the way that they manage the relationships have a big effect on their staying power. FB has a tricky time ahead of it as it tries to reconcile the corporate requirements of investors, (make the best return on investment) whilst keeping the userbase happy, and not feeling like the commodity that they are. The next stage in the increasingly desperate battle to stay at the top is the “buy the competition” stage – lacking the innovation that marks the smaller companies, the big guys get their chequebooks out, and try to buy up the next big things – but I don’t even think that organisations like FB will even see the end coming – it will be something else that pulls the rug from under them, something small, out of left field, and propelled by a userbase that loves it. As an example – look at askfm.com – It’s a terrible site, that is probably going to get some very bad publicity soon (unmoderated teenage gossip/bullying) but it’s gone from nowhere to over 30M users in a few months – and the basis of that relationship seems to be “here’s a site, -do what the hell you like.” Can FB compete with that?

  4. McParty
    McParty 3 February, 2013 at 2:54 pm |

    Great artical, I remember the Watchcam adventures. It was an odd concept and one which I think should be developed. I suspect technology has changed enough to get a decent photo resolution 🙂

    One could argue that social media has always been since the invention of communication and it will always have its role in everydaylife for everyone. it was just websites forums and chatrooms. The technology changed

    Facebook has seen better days, let’s face it. Personally I detest it though it’s used by the majority of the population on the planet, including myself as some people make arrangements for social events only on Facebook. This level of Internet interaction has taken away the need for phonecalls and letters. Did you ever have a penpal? I did and wrote to him 5 times a year for, well um… 1 year. I forget his name now I think about it. Facebook allows you to be lazy and nosey instead of interacting and asking how your friend is… you just read their status. It is also rather disturbing, the level of depth people go in to on Facebook. For example the other day, someone I am friends with posted a note to say how “they are no longer shaving their lady parts”. Seriously?! Did I and the Internet want to know that?

    Twitter was an unexpected revolution in my eyes. It was a way to “microblog”. Now it is a mass marketing medium for corporations and a forum for opinions, tomfoolary and chit-chat. I enjoy Twitter. Mainly for news updates and grumping in to the Internet about what gets my goat.

    Microsoft has seen better days and Google continues to grow and the less said about Apple the better. These technical giants were once shouting in the open and rather vacant universe. This universe has become condensed and has expanded to a multiverse. I don’t think it will be long before we start seeing a shrink as Google consumes all.

  5. Mrs_Moons
    Mrs_Moons 3 February, 2013 at 3:16 pm |

    Very pertinent to me at the moment – I am using FB to publicise a fundraising event next week, but had already decided that once that is over, I am giving FB a big rest. There is nothing on there that engages me much.
    There ARE elements I enjoy about it – being able to upload pix direct to show friends, being able to PM message people and indeed, being able to organise an event and invite people quickly and easily. (Also I have a serious Bejewelled Blitz habit 😀 )
    But the actual ‘what are you up to’ bit is increasingly a platform for one’s more narcissistic friends and acquaintances or a vehicle for rehashing ancient memes.
    And as Alison above mentions – ”the ability to use it by external agencies to abuse the information gathered about its users” is another massive concern. I’ve had my fill…..

  6. mon_quixote
    mon_quixote 4 February, 2013 at 5:24 pm |

    “the demise of facebook?” you ask. No is the answer.
    Its all about context.
    Facebook is just one successful aspect of the, still relatively new, social media. In the mid naughties we all thought it was going to be either WAYN or Friends Reunited, Flickr or Picassa, MySpace or Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, and that was true for the time, some platforms fell by the wayside others flourished as we all suddenly realised how easy it was to stay in touch with random people we neither knew nor previously cared about. Now-a-days those of us that participate, willfully receive an unending stream of updates from individuals, corporations, media, celebrities, lifestyle magazines all informing an opinion on any number of subjects, across a number of platforms, whereas 10 years ago we all relied on a biased traditional media. What has happened is that different platforms now serve different feeds. I use twitter to have a go at right wing politicos and vent my socio frustrations, Facebook is there to stay in touch ‘over the garden wall’ with actual family and friends… and i believe that is how the curve is developing.

    it is probably worth pointing out that our comfortable corner of Yorkshire isn’t representative of the “everyone” you mention at all. Facebook may have just about reached saturation point in Europe and North America but its use in Asia (India, Indonesia) rose by 20% in 2012. That is because Zuckerburg et al are focusing their attentions on expanding that particular market – 278million users- it is not with coincidence either that SE Asia is the emerging economic super power, its where the money is now, that is the market that is of interest to the investors.I dont see it being toppled any day soon, facebook is literally *the* common denominator in social media. I am not saying it is right, but there is no denying it has almost seamlessly integrated itself into our daily lives.

    what we are actually facing is the demise of traditional media, the demise of the traditional high street and in many ways the demise of freedom of speech.

    rock on.

  7. Rev_Dino
    Rev_Dino 5 February, 2013 at 7:40 pm |

    Well – how very interesting that this study has just come out today: http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/05/pew-facebook-study/

    Looks like the FaceBook whale has just started to slide down the hill*….. in case of tl:dr – one in five US users has dropped facebook, and over 60% say they are going to spend less time on it in the next year…

    *It’s a poor metaphor, I know, but I couldn’t think of anything better at short notice.

  8. McParty
    McParty 12 February, 2013 at 2:48 pm |

    I think the haters still hate but decide to be blissfully ignorant… Like me.
    Here is a list of corporations I hate in order:

    1, Facebook
    2, McDonalds
    3, Microsoft
    4, Apple
    5, Starbucks

    However, I am a user of them all. Does this make me a bad person?

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