Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I wouldn't say Facebook's jumped the shark, but it's definitely airborne.

A couple of years ago when people were just starting to join up on the Facebook, I wrote this little thing. Reading it now it sounds almost antiquated (superpokes, anyone? WTF were those?) but that was a wild time. A lot of people jumped right out of Myspace and then into the 'Book with both feet and went all ape shit on that thing—just trying to junk it up with bad graphics and terrible, pointless games.

Then recently I realized I'd somehow become friends with a bunch of new people who likely never even took a trial run on Myspace. They lack restraint. So they're crazy with the biblical and inspirational quotes, the totally TMI stories about the joys of child rearing, and the games. Oh, the games! Bejeweled blitz, mafia wars, the farm and cafe games. Aren't we busy enough already without taking on the management of a virtual field or restaurant with zero financial or (frankly) emotional value? Don't get me started on the virtual gifts they oblige you with should you just wanna wish someone a happy birthday.

Thank god for the "hide" button. But still.

Throw in their new little internet-tagging exercise and you've got the makings of something volatile. It's just another in a long line of things they never really communicate clearly to what is really a very captive audience. Just tell us what's in it for us. Make it not scary and invasive. Make it seem worth our while. Sell it to us, as we say.

It may not have jumped the shark just yet but if not airborne, it's at least circling.


Blogger Sherry said...

What?! I just recently joined because apparently FB is now required for all grandmothers and I was getting left out. But, come to think of it, if FB is now cool for grandmothers, maybe it is heading toward shark jumping!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Oh no! You've been one of the better additions, mom! You post good stuff, you don't play any games and it's another way for us to stay in touch! I'm sure ol' FB will be fine but it's does seem to be experiencing some growing pains.

12:01 PM  
Blogger ButtonHole said...

Pffft. I sent you a request months ago cuz I liked your posts here, telling you who I was (as much as that is possible). I have no prayer posts, allow no games, have interesting intelligent friends (a few duds, sure: relatives), and am generally only a partial moron. But nooooo. Ignored! Pffft.

Had to mention. Relevant.

3:35 PM  

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