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It's a complete mystery to me why the people who operate social networking sites haven't figured out that moves like this will lead to their downfall. In six to ten months, Facebook will be on the dustheap with Friendster.
This is the first I've heard of this news... Then again, I haven't been logging on regularly, during this point in the summer (actually, the school year has already begun, but that's another story), though I've mentioned Facebook in several of my recent blog entries. I find this latest change quite surprising, considering all the controversy Facebook has generated, within the past year or so, with all its changes. In order to prevent "spamming," they went as far as to prevent us from sending Group or Event Invites to anyone who is not on our 'Friends' list, something that made CR event notification and recruitment harder last semester. (Then again, we had a large success, with CRs last semester, as we have done in the past - and my first year at Chairman, there was no Facebook, and we did fine with flyers, e-mails, phone calls, and campus/community/state annoucements.)But they do something like that, to prevent us from sending Invites to people who aren't on our 'Friends' list, and then they make a move like this?I hope they take steps to fix this right away, before more people leave this useful networking and communication service.
I guess they're taking a gamble and trying to stave off irrelevancy. I don't think I've ever even looked at Facebook. When you're demographic consists of people who are only *in* your demographic for four years or so, that's got to be tough. Or are they not just for college students/faculty any more...?
Jennifer - It's 1% of all web traffic.You are obviously WAY TOO OLD to get it.It's ok. I'm too old too.
LOL DTL. Ok, apparently. MySpace is still way bigger though...right? Or maybe my circle of friends and I are just odd, because that's where we all are.
Facebook is on target to overtake myspace by the end of the year.http://mediabites.com/2007/08/facebook-on-track-to-overtake-myspace
I've enjoyed Facebook in the past...it was so much more user friendly and clean-looking back when it was just for those with university email addresses. I hope it doesn't go the way of MySpace, though it seems to be heading in that direction.
As a musician, I'm quite partial to MySpace; for all its flaws, it's a great place to announce gigs, as well as post songs and eventually sell them. I have yet to mess with Facebook; I already run a website, a blog and a MySpace, as well as a smaller social networking site for my fraternity, and I try to read (and occasionally comment on) a few of my favorite blogs. Considering I have a job with little-to-no computer access during the day, and I just have to pick and choose sometimes.
Kev - Impressive!Read your profile - Dude, You played with Peter Erskine?Sweet!
Argh...too bad Facebook sold out the college kids. Anything to outdo other sites. It will no longer be the cool place it has been for college kids, many of them living away from home for the first time, to keep in touch after high school and share their experiences. They were really fighting it being opened up, too. I guess Facebook didn't listen.
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