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.
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?
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