Do you know what is now the second most popular website in the world? No, no… It isn’t what first popped into your head. Americansingels and Hustler don’t count:) We’re talking about Facebook – the biggest social networking site in the Internet. The latest research say that nearly 40% percent of Web users have already a Facebook account! So… Does anybody know what is it all about? Why this simple Mark Zuckerberg invention is now the second (after Google) most popular service in the Internet?
To answer those questions, I tried to recall why I did actually create my own profile there. Curiosity? To some point yes… I simply wanted to know how it really works from the inside. Finding old schoolmates could not be the issue, because almost none of them used Facebook at that time. Today the network of its users has grown to such an amazing size that the phenomena we discuss can’t be associated neither with a need to stay in touch with others nor with being curious anymore.
So how come every day so many of us choose a-late-afternoon-Facebook-session instead of meeting friends in reality? If we keep this trend, pub and cafe owners will soon be all washed up. Someone only has to invent a new app, that enables dancing and drinking beer online, and that’s it – they’re done:) I don’t know what you think about it, but I frequently have this feeling that our everyday relationship becomes more and more handicapped. There’s no reason to tell a girl that she looks pretty anymore. It is enough to click “I like it” under the newest photo on her profile, of course assuming that she is willing to show this photo to us.
So maybe it’s all about showboating? Needless to say that everyone sometimes has a need of auto-promotion and Facebook gives them great tools to run it. You can share good news there: new purchase, exciting journey or job successes… With only one click, your personal news service is being updated and your name automatically becomes its headline. The question is: what for? Wouldn’t it be better to chat face to face in reality?
The longer I consider this topic, the more often I want to join one of these groups encouraging to leave Facebook. The problem is that every time I’m getting close to doing it, I ask myself the same question: what for? I could simply delete the account instead…