Facebook Fatigue

James Temple

The Melbourne Age quotes San Francisco journalist James Temple (photo, top) on Facebook’s massive growth and uncertain future:

…there is also the issue of Facebook fatigue. I hear more and more people express reservations about the site, including concerns over privacy, aggressive app ads or a social graph that is increasingly cluttered with distant relatives and people you met once at a wedding.

ZuckerbergA survey… found that 51 per cent of Facebook users were “worried” about Facebook’s new timeline feature, which effectively resurfaces years of a person’s posts and comments. More than 32 per cent went further… “I don’t know why I’m still on Facebook.”

So far, the network effects of Facebook are so strong that it doesn’t much matter. You’re locked in unless you’re willing to cut off digital access to your social circle… Facebook’s lawyers… [note] “If people do not perceive our products to be useful, reliable and trustworthy, we may not be able to attract or retain users.”

Have you sold your soul to the millionaire in the T-shirt?

3 Replies to “Facebook Fatigue”

  1. Like the term Greenpeace the term Facebook evokes so much that is phoney…it’s as if the CIA, or worse, wanting to invent some kind of ‘name’ for a front organization or product, came up with these instant cliches.

    Someone told me recentnly that because I was always on the phone, or emailing or writing yer actual pen-and-ink letters, I would have no need of this Facebook…sounds enough good to me, though my most admirable and very efficient Girl Friday (Ms Miriam Wells) swears that it should be a great help to my Grand Parade Poets enterprise.

    What I can’t stand though is the debasement of the language that the corporate world and its allies have delivered us so often thru technology…

    I mean Facebooks ‘Friends’…as if you too can have 500 Facebook ‘Friends’. This debases Friends & Friendship in the same way that Family Restaurants debase Restaurants, Family Values debase Values, and indeed Family Restaurants & Family Values debase the Family.

    My vision of Friendship is thus much more Cole Porter’s & Ethel Merman’s.

  2. Thanks, Alan. It is interesting that “Facebook Friends”, “Family Restaurants” and “Family Values” are American institutions. On the other hand, it is said that for a British person to be really well dressed, their clothes should be unnoticeable.

    That Cole Porter song is really strange:

    If you’re ever up a tree, phone to me.
    If you’re ever down a well, ring my bell.
    If you ever lose your teeth, and you’re out to dine; borrow mine.

    … Swapping teeth? Not the sort of thing one does in a “Family Restaurant”.

  3. Well facebook isn’t as much fun as it used to be! A couple of years ago I was convinced to join up and yes it was fun to find friends/poets I hadn’t seen for years. But then you hit critical mass….and most of the friend requests were from people I didn’t know and didn’t really want to take the time know. raelly now it is just a business tool. If you are organising a reading or a book launch or trying to launch a cutting edge on-journal devoted to reviewing Australian writing….it does provide some useful tools.

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