I’m still on Facebook.
But I’m beginning to wonder if the sensation of online social networking is beginning to fade. Of course, with more than 500 million Facebook users, along with a Facebook visit today from President Obama, I’m sure Zuck would argue with me. But in the past year, I’ve run into several who have said the same thing, “I’m not on facebook anymore.” Each of their reasons given have almost been identical to the word–they didn’t want to be on it any longer because it took up too much of their time, or they just got tired of people knowing their business, or as Carly said, “If someone needs a photo of me, I’ll email it to them.”
Last night it was Kevin and Cara. Recently it was Sarin. And last spring it was Carly in Creede, CO. Just to name a few.
I’m still on Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare and Whrrl and Gowalla. The first three I use regularly. Not so the other two, and frankly, I’ve never used Groupon and their buying Whrrl doesn’t incline me to do so either.
The past month I’ve been totally engrossed in a client project. I’ve literally been working 17-18 hours a day seven days a week. At the end of a day, my brain typically is fried and the last thing I feel like doing is writing something else. My Alexa rankings for this site have plummeted as has my Klout score.
But the question I ponder is, has online social networking lost some of its sizzle? For a minute or two I watched my Mac Twitter App today scrolling in real time through the tweets posting. It was little more than people broadcasting. No real two way conversations, or not so many.
And with so many people yelling–my five tips on how to … all day long, who really wants to listen anyway?
- Silicon Alley Insider: Another location-based app goes down: eBay buys Where. Earlier this week Groupon bought location based app Whrrl. (businessinsider.com)
- Groupon Purchases Pelago, As Whrrl Dissipates (clickz.com)
- Groupon Acq-Hires “Whrrl” Maker Pelago And CEO Jeff Holden, An Ex-Amazon Exec (AMZN) (businessinsider.com)
- Whrrl Acquired by Groupon, and Being Shut Down (blogworld.com)
- Foursquare Isn’t Just for Fictional Mayors Anymore (clickz.com)
- online social networks, what good do they actually do? (20114t.wordpress.com)