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Facebook is Big and Boring

Facebook has hit the 600 million active user mark. It was once a website people signed up for after hearing one of their friends say:

“You will never believe this! I was on Facebook the other day and I saw ____!”

You had to be on Facebook so you didn’t feel left out and could stay up on the latest gossip .

A trend I have noticed among my friends is the decreasing number of status updates posted to Facebook. Just six months ago my news feed would have been filled with the daily dribblings of my friends. Now there are less than a handful of status updates in my newsfeed, often from the same 5 people.

What’s on your mind?

It was the status updates on Facebook that were the most valuable to me. I want to keep up with the lives of friends that aren’t on Twitter.

  • Who has ended a relationship?
  • Who is getting married?
  • Who is moving away?
  • Who is moving back to Chicago?
  • Who is having a baby?
  • Who had a loved one pass away?
  • Who got a new job?
  • Who just got laid off?
  • Who is happy?
  • Who is sad?

Small Talk is Boring

The life streaming sharing is disappearing. What you post on Facebook can get you fired or sued are the social media un-savvy users deciding that it isn’t worth the trouble? How many thoughts does anyone really want to share with immediate or extended family, current or potential boss, former/current class mates, partner and friends?* With the “What’s on your mind” status updates gone, we are left with small talk. Small talk is boring, and small talk will not keep daily users.

* Yes, you can put people into lists for sharing purposes, but when you have an average of 130 friends per Facebook user that can be a chore to maintain. I don’t use lists myself because by the time the feature was released I didn’t want to spend the initial time to setup them up.

Moving on?

Where will the people go to share with friends? Will it be Twitter? Joining the 200 million registered accounts already on Twitter. Or will it be somewhere new? What do you think?

Photo credit: Guzmán Lozano

130 thoughts on “Facebook is Big and Boring”

    1. The segmenting of interactions is something that us “first adopters” are already doing, but are the mainstream users willing to make the effort…. Time will tell.

  1. I recently started a “fan” page just to chat to a select few friends on FB about biz, social media, mktg, etc. I found that my FB friends in general don’t talk about much so why post info there when 80% don’t care.

    I do think more people as they get to understand the value will open up to using Twitter over Facebook, although FB is really a utility for many like they sought to be

    1. Torrey,
      I would just imagine that your “fans” are more likely to engage on Twitter.

      I don’t become Facebook friends unless I have met someone in real life, but if I like someone’s website or business I will follow them on Twitter.

      Keep up the great work with the interviews!

  2. I recently started a “fan” page just to chat to a select few friends on FB about biz, social media, mktg, etc. I found that my FB friends in general don’t talk about much so why post info there when 80% don’t care.

    I do think more people as they get to understand the value will open up to using Twitter over Facebook, although FB is really a utility for many like they sought to be

    1. Torrey,
      I would just imagine that your “fans” are more likely to engage on Twitter.

      I don’t become Facebook friends unless I have met someone in real life, but if I like someone’s website or business I will follow them on Twitter.

      Keep up the great work with the interviews!

      1. I don’t trust marketing blurbs direct from the source. Obviously the whole thing is hyperbole if you have to point out that it’s not.

      2. I don’t trust marketing blurbs direct from the source. Obviously the whole thing is hyperbole if you have to point out that it’s not.

        1. Sorry, but no. Unfortunately there have been countless Facebook clones over the years and anytime you mention “new social network” you get lumped into that crowd. INCLIQ is social media “without the middleman” – it’s an entirely different animal – see for youself: http://incliq.com/faq.html

  3. Nice post. I think you hit it on the head that my family and co-workers are on Facebook. I had a really good post for my friends recently but I had to hold back because I knew it would be mis-interpreted by someone in the unintended category. Whatever the next “it” is, it ain’t gonna be twitter, Twitter serves a different purpose. I think what you are looking for is called text messaging. or Facebook2. Maybe if you create a network for “Friends only” it is forbidden to friend family or co-workers.

  4. Nice post. I think you hit it on the head that my family and co-workers are on Facebook. I had a really good post for my friends recently but I had to hold back because I knew it would be mis-interpreted by someone in the unintended category. Whatever the next “it” is, it ain’t gonna be twitter, Twitter serves a different purpose. I think what you are looking for is called text messaging. or Facebook2. Maybe if you create a network for “Friends only” it is forbidden to friend family or co-workers.

    1. Daniel,
      I read that article about the strange reporting numbers of Twitter. I know that I do find myself using Twitter for sharing daily musings and happenings over Facebook.

    1. Daniel,
      I read that article about the strange reporting numbers of Twitter. I know that I do find myself using Twitter for sharing daily musings and happenings over Facebook.

  5. Are you sure your use of Facebook just hasn’t changed enough to make it where the newsfeed algorithim thinks those 5 people are all that you care about?

    It’s designed to adapt and show things it thinks are interesting to you based on your viewing/interaction habits.

  6. Are you sure your use of Facebook just hasn’t changed enough to make it where the newsfeed algorithim thinks those 5 people are all that you care about?

    It’s designed to adapt and show things it thinks are interesting to you based on your viewing/interaction habits.

  7. I also feel the drone of boring-ness coming from Facebook. I havent seen a real exciting update for a long time now. It is nice to interact with brands there, and there are a few segmented groups that I have found use out of, but the main system seems tired now.

    I think there are other things that are starting to take over, but not just one thing. I interact with friends on Google Reader, Tumblr, Flickr, and a bit on Twitter. I don’t think we will have a Facebook killer. There will just be lots of segmented ways to interact with friends on different mediums, platforms, that is more situational in nature.

    If you try to do everything, each piece will be lacking. Companies that do one thing well will take over those tasks little by little.

    1. The segmenting of interactions is something that us “first adopters” are already doing, but are the mainstream users willing to make the effort…. Time will tell.

  8. I also feel the drone of boring-ness coming from Facebook. I havent seen a real exciting update for a long time now. It is nice to interact with brands there, and there are a few segmented groups that I have found use out of, but the main system seems tired now.

    I think there are other things that are starting to take over, but not just one thing. I interact with friends on Google Reader, Tumblr, Flickr, and a bit on Twitter. I don’t think we will have a Facebook killer. There will just be lots of segmented ways to interact with friends on different mediums, platforms, that is more situational in nature.

    If you try to do everything, each piece will be lacking. Companies that do one thing well will take over those tasks little by little.

    1. The segmenting of interactions is something that us “first adopters” are already doing, but are the mainstream users willing to make the effort…. Time will tell.

  9. Well, can’t argue with you on this one. Take a peek at INCLIQ.com – it’s not “just another social network”. It’s an entirely new way to communicate, and that’s not hyperbole.

    1. I don’t trust marketing blurbs direct from the source. Obviously the whole thing is hyperbole if you have to point out that it’s not.

  10. Well, can’t argue with you on this one. Take a peek at INCLIQ.com – it’s not “just another social network”. It’s an entirely new way to communicate, and that’s not hyperbole.

    1. I don’t trust marketing blurbs direct from the source. Obviously the whole thing is hyperbole if you have to point out that it’s not.

      1. Sorry, but no. Unfortunately there have been countless Facebook clones over the years and anytime you mention “new social network” you get lumped into that crowd. INCLIQ is social media “without the middleman” – it’s an entirely different animal – see for youself: http://incliq.com/faq.html

  11. For the past 6 months I have been using Twitter over Facebook more and more.
    The problem with Facebook, is that people’s friends are not THAT interesting and Twitter has capitalized the celebrity juice much more than Facebook. Twitter has had many big moments like Iran & Egypt uprising, Charlie Sheen, Conan O’brien debacle and many others while Facebook’s main activity seems to be Farmille and Cityville.

  12. For the past 6 months I have been using Twitter over Facebook more and more.
    The problem with Facebook, is that people’s friends are not THAT interesting and Twitter has capitalized the celebrity juice much more than Facebook. Twitter has had many big moments like Iran & Egypt uprising, Charlie Sheen, Conan O’brien debacle and many others while Facebook’s main activity seems to be Farmille and Cityville.

  13. For the past 6 months I have been using Twitter over Facebook more and more.
    The problem with Facebook, is that people’s friends are not THAT interesting and Twitter has capitalized the celebrity juice much more than Facebook. Twitter has had many big moments like Iran & Egypt uprising, Charlie Sheen, Conan O’brien debacle and many others while Facebook’s main activity seems to be Farmille and Cityville.

  14. For the important and meaningful conversations you want in life, I recommend SecretSocial: http://secretsocial.com

    It’s a service that lets you have private conversations with people on SMS, Email and Twitter without having to worry about anything being saved on the server. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

  15. For the important and meaningful conversations you want in life, I recommend SecretSocial: http://secretsocial.com

    It’s a service that lets you have private conversations with people on SMS, Email and Twitter without having to worry about anything being saved on the server. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

  16. For the important and meaningful conversations you want in life, I recommend SecretSocial: http://secretsocial.com

    It’s a service that lets you have private conversations with people on SMS, Email and Twitter without having to worry about anything being saved on the server. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

  17. I think that Facebook will eventually be superseded by something that ends up tying together the whole Internet socially. In the same way that people abandoned AOL’s walled garden for the limitless Internet, I think they’ll abandon Facebook’s walled garden for a limitless social network. Something will come along that finally ties everything on the web together in a social way. Something that will be distributed in a similar way to Facebook’s Like button, but it wouldn’t be confined to any particular site and would have a much larger scope as far as interactivity goes (not just “Like”ing an article, image, etc.)

    I have difficulty articulating it because I’m not sure what it is and I don’t think anyone knows (though some people are betting on something like Diaspora), but the web has always naturally gravitated towards openness.

  18. I think that Facebook will eventually be superseded by something that ends up tying together the whole Internet socially. In the same way that people abandoned AOL’s walled garden for the limitless Internet, I think they’ll abandon Facebook’s walled garden for a limitless social network. Something will come along that finally ties everything on the web together in a social way. Something that will be distributed in a similar way to Facebook’s Like button, but it wouldn’t be confined to any particular site and would have a much larger scope as far as interactivity goes (not just “Like”ing an article, image, etc.)

    I have difficulty articulating it because I’m not sure what it is and I don’t think anyone knows (though some people are betting on something like Diaspora), but the web has always naturally gravitated towards openness.

  19. I think that Facebook will eventually be superseded by something that ends up tying together the whole Internet socially. In the same way that people abandoned AOL’s walled garden for the limitless Internet, I think they’ll abandon Facebook’s walled garden for a limitless social network. Something will come along that finally ties everything on the web together in a social way. Something that will be distributed in a similar way to Facebook’s Like button, but it wouldn’t be confined to any particular site and would have a much larger scope as far as interactivity goes (not just “Like”ing an article, image, etc.)

    I have difficulty articulating it because I’m not sure what it is and I don’t think anyone knows (though some people are betting on something like Diaspora), but the web has always naturally gravitated towards openness.

  20. “are the social media un-savvy users deciding that it isn’t worth the trouble”

    The extremely social media savvy users have decided it isn’t worth the trouble either.

    I also love how there’s a paid marketplace out there for deleting FB profiles.

  21. “are the social media un-savvy users deciding that it isn’t worth the trouble”

    The extremely social media savvy users have decided it isn’t worth the trouble either.

    I also love how there’s a paid marketplace out there for deleting FB profiles.

  22. “are the social media un-savvy users deciding that it isn’t worth the trouble”

    The extremely social media savvy users have decided it isn’t worth the trouble either.

    I also love how there’s a paid marketplace out there for deleting FB profiles.

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  25. I think it’s a bit of a stretch to reach the conclusion that Facebook use is down based on an anecdotal observation of such a small subset of FB users. Facebook has over 500 Million+ users. Just how many friends do you have?

  26. I think it’s a bit of a stretch to reach the conclusion that Facebook use is down based on an anecdotal observation of such a small subset of FB users. Facebook has over 500 Million+ users. Just how many friends do you have?

  27. I think it’s a bit of a stretch to reach the conclusion that Facebook use is down based on an anecdotal observation of such a small subset of FB users. Facebook has over 500 Million+ users. Just how many friends do you have?

  28. I think it’s a bit of a stretch to reach the conclusion that Facebook use is down based on an anecdotal observation of such a small subset of FB users. Facebook has over 500 Million+ users. Just how many friends do you have?

  29. only sheep use facebook :) or do anything w/ the masses.
    what did you expect. facebook is horrible because it allows everyone to showcase their vanity and the reality is that most of us are boring and it not interesting to know so much useless information about people.

  30. only sheep use facebook :) or do anything w/ the masses.
    what did you expect. facebook is horrible because it allows everyone to showcase their vanity and the reality is that most of us are boring and it not interesting to know so much useless information about people.

  31. only sheep use facebook :) or do anything w/ the masses.
    what did you expect. facebook is horrible because it allows everyone to showcase their vanity and the reality is that most of us are boring and it not interesting to know so much useless information about people.

  32. only sheep use facebook :) or do anything w/ the masses.
    what did you expect. facebook is horrible because it allows everyone to showcase their vanity and the reality is that most of us are boring and it not interesting to know so much useless information about people.

  33. Perhaps its just finding a more natural level – if you were using it 18 hours a day, perhaps you had a problem. Checking in once a day for a few minutes doesn’t necessarily mean its a failure, just that it has reached a more normal level.

  34. Perhaps its just finding a more natural level – if you were using it 18 hours a day, perhaps you had a problem. Checking in once a day for a few minutes doesn’t necessarily mean its a failure, just that it has reached a more normal level.

  35. Perhaps its just finding a more natural level – if you were using it 18 hours a day, perhaps you had a problem. Checking in once a day for a few minutes doesn’t necessarily mean its a failure, just that it has reached a more normal level.

  36. I think you are right that the novelty of facebook wears off for people. But this could be said in a sentence or two. Hence I find this post big and boring.

  37. I think you are right that the novelty of facebook wears off for people. But this could be said in a sentence or two. Hence I find this post big and boring.

  38. I am a misanthropist basterd so I hate Facebook… But I have twitter even more, that’s just filled with people who want to Britney Spears… Fuck you all… If I had the power I’d nuke you all from orbit.

  39. I am a misanthropist basterd so I hate Facebook… But I have twitter even more, that’s just filled with people who want to Britney Spears… Fuck you all… If I had the power I’d nuke you all from orbit.

  40. it really has got boring! I remember when it was new and interesting. You could once chat autonomously on discussion boards with complete strangers, and I don’t remember having a profile with friends and family etc. It was more fun to be autonomous and without the myriad of time consuming privacy settings etc. I guess it made otherwise mundane lifestyles or the desire to converse with strangers as ‘friends’ a welcome break into a cyber chat world. But now facebook is just as mundane as any given ordinary mundane life with mundane real world friends and family members lives (lol…laugh out loud! doh!), only this time its all the more impersonal and unprivate. BORING! You can’t even say what you think without some ‘real world’ friend…friend of a friend or family member ‘goss-ing’ oneself with some personal or patronising, philisophical mumbo jumbo or quoting some (well i never knew that mind! ) prophetical jargon jibberish. Really….our personal and private world just got a little smaller..and a little less private and personal. Even kids live in an xbox world. boo hoo! My ideal mix of surreal and real world got circumcised digitally. I hope I don’t get digitally circumcised from reality. I think reality has become too digital….too surreal. Too ‘in your face’ brainwashing. Here’s to the future eh.

  41. I too find Facebook is getting boring, It is addictive, but in the end not much valuable information can be found there. I wish I would stop spending time there.

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