So in the end we will share everything with our friends, but our friends will only pretend to listen.
MySpace was destroyed by cultural problems. The technology wasn't at fault. If it was populated with HN-types, we'd see clean typography and beautiful blogs - not the epileptic-fit-causing profile pages that caused everyone to migrate to Facebook.
Culture is the difference between MySpace and Tumblr.
Building a community is everything. That's my thesis, at least.
Myspace could have survived myriad cultural problems on the strength of their once unparalleled social graph if they could have kept pace with Facebook's technology. Facebook had many things right - the news feed, valid identities, speed - that would have required Myspace to essentially start from scratch to even emulate. Myspace tried, but couldn't pull it off.
So my argument is that Facebook has room to experiment in areas where tastes may differ (i.e. culture) as long as they have great technology and an adaptable design. If the timeline/ticker turns out to be completely overwhelming and they see usage drop, Zuckerberg could practically issue an apology, flip a switch and basically turn Facebook back to yesterday's Facebook by Monday. As their experiences with failure (Beacon) and success (the news feed!) have shown, there's way more upside than downside.
Twitter seems no worse for it, and a failure to cater to elitists wasn't MySpace's problem either. MySpace, AOL, Yahoo, HP -- their problems are cultural, but not their users' culture, their managements'.
Very, very true.
I would even expand on this. Problems people encounter online can be divided into technical, social (involving groups) and interpersonal. Problems from one category cannot be effectively solved via methods from another. Attempting to do so inevitably results in many undesirable side-effects.
It's not pretending if they've muted you, you're being ignored. Which is not a bad thing, noisewise, it natural and to be expected, but that's besides my point.
My point is that you will always have a default friend who wants to hear everything you share, a friend who will never mute you, never block your Zynga Blogville updates. No, it's not me, nor is it Tom Anderson; your default friend is Facebook itself. FB will always listen to you and will always want to know about everything you do.
"It's not pretending if they've muted you, you're being ignored."
It has the following advantages:
- No one knows that I've muted them.
- I'm still on Facebook, so if people need to contact me through that medium, they can still do it.
- If I'm really curious about what anyone has been up to, I can still look at their page
- No need to log to procrastinate because I never have any updates.
Kind of perfect, for me at least.
But the remaining folks are largely my real friends, so it all works out.
Imagine if you had the capability of examining your great-great-grandfather's life at the daily level. How amazing would that be? To localize this, imagine yourself in your 80's being able to zoom to any day of your life at any point to relive and review how you thought, what you thought at that particular moment.
This is what I use Facebook for. Sure, I use it to connect with my friends, but I also use it so that when I'm knocking on death's door, I'll have something concrete to look back at that is more stable than my ailing memory will be. I'll also be able to hand it down to my spawn and their spawn.
I've always considered Facebook a new kind of public utility, just as revolutionary as the post office used to be.
And I think it's superior to a diary in that it's not only recording my thoughts on something, but also the minutiae of my day to day, whom I've associated with and my interactions with them, etc.
I'm a little surprised at the responses my original post received actually. Am I the only one that uses Facebook for this purpose?
The storage situation in 2031 would be pretty mind boggling.
20 years on, and nothing's changed. I still need a modern spec machine to run an OS or read a word doc. My drive is still almost full. My machine is still not quie fast enough and my internet is too slow
Expectations change. Sure, in 20 years time the data we're creating now will seem like such a tiny amount, but that amount won't stay constant. The amount of data we produce each year is a proportion of available storage, not of our activity.
What I'm trying to say is that facebook have a lot of data by today's standards, but they'll also have a lot of data in 2031 by 2031's standards.
Sure storage will get bigger and faster, but just like cpus, the transition from quantity & speed to energy efficiency will happen sooner than you're implying.
And selling the data to advertisers.
Onion really has a great parody of this: http://www.theonion.com/video/cias-facebook-program-dramatic...
The only place I see chat as really being useful, is for support on websites and applications. However, again it's mostly one-to-one, so it's basically a temporary IM.
I have hid many the old stuff too, but sometimes, especially with timeline transition, few old items kept popping up and wouldn't hide until fifth or so times clicking the hide button.
Its not like i trust Facebook to honour the deletes, but one must try one's best.
Edit: Now after having read the post I realize it is sarcastic. So maybe I'm not so different after all.
I'm wondering how much longer I can go before I get cut off.
What I also I hope is that algorithms get better so it can know how a photo, video or post should be shared so the user won't have to think about it.
I had a similar experience talking to a friend who had just started blogging. We hit a discussion point he had apparently already covered and if I just read it instead of talking...
Facebook should just be there to remind you of people's birthdays, but it doesn't really do that very well either.
The point being that Timeline is not, in fact, a world-changing feature.
Ummmm...not mine. I use it sometimes but total posts under a dozen. Google knows way more than FB about me but that's changing little by little.