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Facebook and the future

2011-02-28 17:47:32.886867+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Facebook status update of the moment, a teenager of my acquaintance: "... i am on facebook cus my mom made me!!...". Facebook, the MySpace of 2011.

[ related topics: Children and growing up ]

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#Comment Re: facebook made: 2011-03-04 09:55:02.58938+00 by: papa0s0

haha, what kind of mother forces her kid to go on FB?! I would think most parents wouldn't want their kids spending hours upon hours on that wasteful site :/

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-03 16:18:41.588125+00 by: other_todd

Come on, Sean, you didn't see that coming a mile away? I've been wondering what took them so long. Apart from its Russian core business, LJ has been losing ground and has been trying to figure out ways to grab US users from Facebook for months. This is why eventually LJ is going to sink like a stone, just as Facebook will sink like a stone (but will take somewhat longer).

I think that the only web services which have any chance of long-term survival in this universe are the ones which quietly provide a key service *everybody* needs and don't try to dress it up or make it trendy.

I'd have offered Flickr as a primary example, but its new owners don't seem to understand what they have and are trying to turn it from a well-designed but rather unsexy thing - an easy-to-sort-and-tag online database of photographs - into some sort of social/photo sharing kind of thing, and it's going to kill Flickr, their one stable/profitable branch, if they're not careful. But then, this is Yahoo!, whose track record of not understanding how to use what they had is nearly flawless.

[Side note to myself: I have GOT to remember to look into setting up a local photo database so I can back up all my stuff off Flickr.]

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-03 01:12:41.246809+00 by: spc476

As if MyFaceSpaceBook isn't bad enough—I just now saw “Game on, ElJayers! You can diagnose your friends in Sim Hospital or steal crops from your neighbors in Farm Frenzy. Check out all our new games in the Game Center!” on LiveJournal. Sigh.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-01 16:01:45.552621+00 by: other_todd

Reminds me of the last paragraph of this editorial today (which makes an interesting point or two, even if you hate the Oscars as much as I do):


#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-01 04:24:50.612107+00 by: Dan Lyke

Exactly. Zynga, too.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-01 00:53:52.052081+00 by: ebradway

Too bad Facebook isn't public. It seems like a good time to short the stock.