Thursday, December 26, 2013

Facebook Part IV


Many days, weeks, and months have passed since my last post. The main reason I have been away so long is because of the birth of my beautiful daughter. And what a joy she is.

On many occasions I started drafting a post, only to never finish it. But finally I was driven to blog again. You see my friends, three and half years ago I left Facebook. I subsequently wrote three articles about how Facebook sucked and how it was going to collapse like Friendster and MySpace. And now I am back on Facebook...

Did I miss Facebook? No, life was good without it. Every now and then a site would require a Facebook login, like Spotify. However, there were always ways around it, like using my wife's Facebook account. But then I came across Generation Y1. In our Church group, I needed to communicate with them. My preferred method of communication for a group like that is e-mail. To my surprise, not everyone in Generation Y checks their e-mail on a daily basis. So one of the members of our group decided a Facebook group would work better than e-mail. All the members of our group, except me were already on Facebook, so it just made sense. The Facebook group page was created and now we are all hopeful that the group page will be a success!

So do I still think Facebook sucks? Yes and no. Facebook has its advantages, like offering a more efficient means of communication in specific cases. Yet, there are the flaws, like the dubious privacy settings. To make matters worse, I am now playing Candy Crush.

Do I still think Facebook is going to collapse? No, I will admit that I was wrong, and not because I came back. Facebook has peaked in its market, but it will branch on to other markets. At least that is what investors think, the Facebook stock is almost double its opening day value, and four times its lowest value.

1 "Wikipedia" refers to Generation Y a.k.a Millennials as being born from 1982 to 2000, link here.

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