Facebook now a passing fad?

by InternetSuccess001 22 replies
Interesting... Was talking with a friend today, and she was telling me that with her friends (& amongst younger friends/siblings/etc), they now don't really 'use' facebook, because it 'was' cool, but now is 'boring'. From my observations I was starting to see the same thing (obviously there are still a lot of users, but not necessarily 'active').

Interestingly enough, doing a quick check on Alexa shows facebook appearing to 'peak' traffic wise, so maybe 2011 Facebook will be kind of like what infospace.com was to Google. (Infospace/the 'go' network was 'the' place to search, until Google replaced it).

Do you think facebook is now becoming just a passing fad?

- J
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  • Profile picture of the author NerdGary
    I think it is... 100% Housemoms and grandparents left... I moved on along time ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    Originally Posted by InternetSuccess001 View Post

    Interesting... Was talking with a friend today, and she was telling me that with her friends (& amongst younger friends/siblings/etc), they now don't really 'use' facebook, because it 'was' cool, but now is 'boring'. From my observations I was starting to see the same thing (obviously there are still a lot of users, but not necessarily 'active').

    Interestingly enough, doing a quick check on Alexa shows facebook appearing to 'peak' traffic wise, so maybe 2011 Facebook will be kind of like what infospace.com was to Google. (Infospace/the 'go' network was 'the' place to search, until Google replaced it).

    Do you think facebook is now becoming just a passing fad?

    - J
    Here's a better question:

    Was your time better spent looking for reasons why a business
    might fail to satisfy your curiosity of demise, or would it have
    been better spent to do the research on how you can improve
    YOUR business so YOU can help yourself and contribute some-
    thing useful to society?

    I'm not trying to be condescending...but I guess I can't really
    put my finger on why some people go out of their way to see
    if someone elses business will fail when that time could be spent
    improving theirs...especially when their on a forum about doing
    good business.

    Anywho, maybe it's none of my business...

    Bottom-line is, I'm not a big facebook fan...(I have better things
    to do with my time than to create "false" relationships that rarely
    leave the online chat room. It's time consuming and, I'm just an
    ace in face-2-face conversations)...but facebook is doing a lot
    of things right:

    It reconnects you with people whom you never thought you'd
    see in your life.

    Keeps you in touch with old friends and family.

    And CAN spark relationships with people you otherwise could not
    have had if you were out and about.

    It is useful in many ways, and I would hope it sticks around for
    decades to come
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Look on the brightside, MySpace is kool again!
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    • Profile picture of the author bretski
      Originally Posted by DogScout View Post

      Look on the brightside, MySpace is kool again!
      All the really cool kids spell it "kewl"...at least I think. I'm not really cool
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  • Profile picture of the author erinwrites
    I liked Facebook a lot until it became little more than game updates and it started deciding for me which friend updates I'd most like to see. I liked it because I could see what people were doing on one page (unlike the old Myspace model when you had to seek out each person to see if they had updated anything) but now I have to hunt and search and I just don't have the time.

    I think also that once people started looking for a way to make it leverageable for IM purposes it started to get a little crowded and lame. Personal promotion and fan pages are one thing but spam adding and stuff like that are really annoying.

    I've turned to Twitter instead (much to the consternation of my husband who has started comparing my Twitter habits to his old World of Warcraft addiction) It's more fun
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  • Profile picture of the author defaultuser
    Facebook is still good if you use it to communicate with an audience you have already established. Sure you can do the same with a blog, or any other social networking site, but it still works well to stay in contact.

    If you are choosing to advertise on Facebook that's a different story. Without the intimate connections made on social networking sites you can't market much.

    Use social media as a place to upsell to obvious fans and you can't go wrong. But you don't need to really advertise directly through Facebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author simba
      Originally Posted by defaultuser View Post

      Facebook is still good if you use it to communicate with an audience you have already established. Sure you can do the same with a blog, or any other social networking site, but it still works well to stay in contact.

      If you are choosing to advertise on Facebook that's a different story. Without the intimate connections made on social networking sites you can't market much.

      Use social media as a place to upsell to obvious fans and you can't go wrong. But you don't need to really advertise directly through Facebook.
      Very true. And FB should seriously re-think their enthusiasm. They are now suggesting not just who should be your friend, but which pages to like. And then you realize its an endless loop of ad after ad...
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  • Profile picture of the author Edie47
    First I used it to promote articles and blogs, then friends and family showed up, now we are hardly ever on there and I am back to using it for occasional promotion. The only difference now is that I have more "friends" than I did when I first started promotional tactics. Unfortunately, most of them are rarely on there anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaunman
      Well it is like 10000000 times better then twitter because you can do more stuff and actually chat with people. That being said, I never really got into any of the social sites.

      Facebook, twitter, and so on are really kind of boring in my experience and if I wasn't a network marketer I would have even been on them. Too many better ways to spend an hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author Profolegy
    Its here to stay - love it or hate. If you hate it it wont matter you won't have to worry about it as it is not effecting you. I proberly only watch 1hr TV per week and its by choice.
    Just like facebook users its by choice.
    It turns over a few mill a year so its not going away anytime soon.
    One person in the world turns 60 every 8seconds maybe that will keep it going for awhile.
    Heck must get over to fb see what my exwife is doing!
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  • Profile picture of the author TimG
    I have found that as your friend base grows Facebook becomes less and less intimate for sharing stuff with a smaller core group of friends.

    I think the fan page works great for sharing information with customers/potential customers/affiliates and the standard Facebook is great for updates for your closer friends.

    Respectfully,
    Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      I think Facebook has helped people realize that their friends are boring.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
    It’s here to stay but may have peaked or diminished a bit in its effectiveness. Its fun to play around with different ways to sell people things, as most of them don’t like to be outright sold something. They like to believe it was their idea to buy something, you just need to put the idea into their head and get them to buy it from you. Portraying yourself as a sort of alpha male who lives a life of abundance seems effective if you can get people to buy into it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      "It's here to stay..."

      Funny. They also said the Titanic was unsinkable.

      The future isn't written yet. No one can really say for certain whether Facebook will be around five years from now. Maybe it will. Maybe it won't. It might last, it might get bought out, it might buy others out, it might fall by the wayside when something none of us have heard of yet takes its place, it might go belly-up. We just don't know.

      As with anything else, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Use Facebook (or don't use it) to the extent that it benefits you and your business. If it doesn't provide you with a benefit, don't use it. If it benefits you, use it. If it sticks around, keep using it. If it goes belly-up, use something else.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shaunman
        Facebook is great for updates for your closer friends.
        Exactly, that is the only reason I have a Facebook. So as long as it does that it is ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael D
    I don't see it as a passing fad anytime soon...

    Google admits Facebook is the most popular website in the world - CSMonitor.com

    The list, which appeared on Google's Ad Planner sub-site, measured domain popularity by unique visitors. By Google's math, Facebook logged 540 million unique visitors in April – some 35 percent of all Web users, universe-wide. Meanwhile, the popular social-networking site drew 570 billion page views. That's some serious traffic, by any stretch of the imagination.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
    Originally Posted by InternetSuccess001 View Post

    Interesting... Was talking with a friend today, and she was telling me that with her friends (& amongst younger friends/siblings/etc), they now don't really 'use' facebook, because it 'was' cool, but now is 'boring'. From my observations I was starting to see the same thing (obviously there are still a lot of users, but not necessarily 'active').
    Well if you're talking about the younger crowd then pretty much any website becomes uncool the moment you find out your parents have an account. I'm sure there's certain groups of people who are probably suffering from Facebook fatigue, but I think the site as a whole will be around for awhile, especially as it becomes more integrated with the rest of the web.
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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    I think Facebook is still cool but definitely something else will take over. Facebook has been all about apps & games lately and most people benefitting there are developers.
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  • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
    I believe facebook has something in the works along the lines of a article/knowledgebase section of the site. Say what you will about the games on FB, but it creates a sticky factor for that segment of their user base.

    I see far too many people writing off something because of what a site is or was or has become over the years. The better question to ask is how can you market to that demographic of customers? Plain and simple marketing. Find a need, create and tweak a campaign, and then fill that need.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    I'm waiting for someone to start a thread with the title:

    "Death of Facebook"
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    • Profile picture of the author TimG
      Originally Posted by Joseph Then View Post

      I'm waiting for someone to start a thread with the title:

      "Death of Facebook"
      Write an article and submit it to EZA so you can rank in the top spot on Google for that keyword phrase...lol :rolleyes:

      Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author DmitriyKozlov
    Facebook is still the most popular and largest social network in the world. The question being posed here is "Is Social Networking a passing fad?"

    The answer to that is a clear NO.

    With Facebook being the largest and most popular social network on the Internet today, it doesn't seem to be a passing fad.

    Thousands of social networks have popped up before and after Facebook became popular, but none have reached near the same success in the arena.

    Conveniently, some of the other most successful social networks, such as Twitter and Youtube, integrate directly with Facebook, growing all of them simultaneously and exponentially, rather than directly competing.

    Yes, some "kids" may not think Facebook is cool anymore because adults are on it too ... but it is by no means a passing fad, it is rather still a growing phenomenon.
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