Monday, January 14th, 2013

Is It Finally The Beginning Of The End For Facebook?

'Users are fickle, Friendster has proved that. Even a few people leaving would reverberate through the entire userbase. The users are interconnected, that is the whole point. College kids are online because their friends are online, and if one domino goes, the other dominos go, don't you get that?'
Do you remember where you were when MySpace lost its spot as the top social network? Where were you when Plastic died? There are early signs today that Facebook, used by many and loved by few, is beginning its inevitable decline. In Britain, where the drunken populace spends an inordinate amount of time staring at their phones, Facebook lost 600,000 users last month. That's not quite 2% of the U.K. user base, but it's also the opposite of "growth."

The data chimes with speculation that Facebook is reaching saturation point among the web user population in its core markets, and that continued growth is increasingly dependent on the developing world.

What will be next? What do the children use? Wouldn't it be nice to have "a place for friends" without the constant buzzkill of your co-workers and spouses' friends and your actual relatives? Does anybody even get "friend requests" in 2013, or have we reached Peak Friends? Is it possible that Earth could survive without a dominant social network that a billion people feel the need to check daily, despite hating it? Please "like" this on Facebook and join the conversation, with your mom.

Photo by Jason McELweenie.

10 Comments / Post A Comment

internet_gangsta (#6,972)

I love it when people complain about the quality of their Facebook friends as if they were chosen by some unknown, unwashed entity.

Yamara (#9,395)

Is It Finally The Beginning Of The End For Facebook?

Sure. Why the hell not?

Tuna Surprise (#573)

Is this because I finally joined 6 months ago?

Smitros (#5,315)

The end began when Mr. Zuckerberg decided to slaughter his own meat.

GiovanniGF (#224)

Something something Friendster reference something something.

Ooh, do Twitter next!

Mr. B (#10,093)

Should've stuck with your original headline.

areaderwrites (#592)

My personal policy toward Facebook has always been to ignore it and hope it goes away, like an annoying bumble bee.

hidflect (#199,944)

I have no sympathy for people who bought FB stock. It was obviously gonna tank. What a scam. Never have, and never will, sign up to that junksite.

hershmire (#233,671)

Quick, everyone, jump on the bandwagon of quitting Facebook!

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