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.