Before I begin, I must say that, although I have my complaints about the social networking site known as Facebook, I understand that this rant will have little and/or no bearing on me continuing to use the service, and even less bearing on your use of the site.
Why? Because we’re all Facebook slaves!!!
OK, well not all of us, but anyway…
One last thing I have to say is that I acknowledge that a user’s experience of Facebook has a greater deal to do with the people in his/her network rather than the website itself. That being said, I have observed trends from a variety of accounts from varying friend circles that have led me to the following conclusions.
That’s right folks, I’m talking about
Web 2.0 StalkerVille.
Do you remember the title “Web 2.0”? It was the name for, essentially, the internet as we know it today. Connected, interactive, and dynamic. The point of Web 2.0 was that we could utilize the technology of the web to communicate with other people; not only could Susie create a recipe for her famous cookies, but she could share it with a community who gave her immediate feedback. In addition, she could get people’s perspectives on the content she provided from all around the world.
Well, I still think so at least. But apparently a lot of people on Facebook aren’t beginning to care anymore.
Statuses with no responses. A profile picture change, without likes or comments. Does this person have a low number of Facebook friends? No, she was just unfortunate enough to end up in StalkerVille.
Lemme give you a few Facebook scenarios:
Any of these sound familiar? Well they probably do. And no one is really getting fulfilled in the way that they expect to be.
People post content on Facebook because they want INTERACTION. They want another’s PERSPECTIVE. They desire some sort of CONTRIBUTION from a third party. And what do they get? Not a whole lot of that. If you want to post things just for the sake of posting them, reactivate your MySpace account.
Facebook users: “STALK DAH PEOPLE; STALK DAH PEOPLE; TOO-LONG-DIDN’T-READ; STALK DAH PEOPLE; OHHHH LOOK PICTURES”
Whatever happened to writing on someone’s Wall? Anyone remember that?