Now before you start telling me how Facebook’s worth over $11 billion and how it’s more popular that MySpace and you use it every day, I know already. I use it every day as well. I use it at home, I use it sneakily in work (just kidding ;)) and I use it on my phone. I even update my Facebook status from the pub just to let people know what I’m drinking.
It’s addictive, I get it.
However, Facebook has a problem. It has a disease. The disease is the great unwashed, or MySpace users as we call them today. Facebook was originally setup for use by students of Harvard and was later expanded to include other establishments such as MIT and Boston University. Then of course it was opened to all Universities, schools and eventually the public.
This, you see, is the problem. Facebook was created by the elite, to be used by the elite. It was not created for use by, well, for want of a better word, chavs. The once great exclusive domain, from which the intellectuals of this world could look down upon their MySpace brethren, from a safe distance, has been invaded and contaminated by the very people it was designed to exclude. Facebook is becoming corrupted with junk.
Much like MySpace before it, which is now a realm of fake profiles, awful imagery and impossible to load pages, Facebook is rapidly jamming up with the crud of the Internet. It’s becoming another MySpace. Whenever I log into my account now I’m hit with a barrage of requests from Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Scrabulous, Valentines, Sex Fantasies… you name it, it’s there. I have to go through all of them one by one hitting ‘ignore’.
Then when I click onto a friend’s page, a friend who has come from the MySpace zone (as we shall call it) I find their page scrolls on for several thousand miles with application after pointless application.
Why, for the love of cake why?
Now there are even applications that FORCE you to send it to 20 friends BEFORE you use it, so you have no idea of the quality (or lack of it) that you’re sending on. They even come with personalised messages from your friends saying how they’ve found they’re ideal sexual position; would you like to find yours? NO, I wouldn’t.
What all of this crap means is that Facebook is going to drive away the very individuals it was created for in the first place, drive them away to the next social networking site. Which in my opinion will become Linked In, but that’s for another post. This will happen unless Facebook gets a grip on the influx of low quality members and spammed up applications.
Will Facebook sort this out, or does Mark Zuckerberg care more about his exit strategy and the billions of dollars he’ll receive if Facebook has more members, more advertisers and more developers making shitty little applications?
I think it’s the latter, there’s an iceberg ahead for Zuckerberg, and he’s sailing straight for it.