Saturday, March 17, 2007

Facebook eats babies

I've been trying to understand the popularity of facebook over the past week. In particular, why is it seemingly more popular than friendster or orkut (unless you're Brazilian)?

Devan phrased it well (using his elite new irc nick):

12:39 <@jbowes> facebook is way too much like orkut
12:40 <@jbowes> or all them other ones
12:40 <@jbowes> why is it that people seem to like it more?
12:40 < kryptos> it tries to replace everything
12:40 < kryptos> we have email
12:40 < kryptos> we have blogs
12:40 < kryptos> we have flickr
12:41 < kryptos> i wouldnt even be on facebook if i didnt have to check email for plans tonight, and constantly see facebook emails
12:41 < kryptos> maybe i need to filter them to trash

Facebook wants become the canonical source for your data. It keeps you coming back with its stream of email. This is reminiscent of the instant gratification aspects of gambling and other addictive activities.

If you think I'm being paranoid and over the top, check out this Boston Underground article.


  1. So in conclusion using Facebook is supporting terrorism.

  2. The best I've been able to come up with is that people want to belong, and if you want to maintain any sort of contact with them, you have to as well.

    I hate facebook, myspace, orkut, friendster, and pretty much every other social networking thing that exists. There's no net gain to me for being a part of it, but if I want to maintain contact with some friends, it's a necessary evil.


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