Are you tired of Facebook?
Well I am tired of Facebook....I'll explain why.
In the begining....
Before I joined facebook last spring, I dabbled into getting a MySpace profile. With multiple layouts, extremely long profile pages and random tracks playing on the background of every profile page, I just couldn't figure MySpace out. My romance with MySpace lasted for about 2 weeks and I left MySpace for the numerous artistes, DJs & teenagers that lurk the hideous site.
I have to say that, MySpace has been an exception to web usability principles and has surprisingly been a huge success in the social networking sphere. Perhaps the other web principle of "content being king" holds true for MySpace and has been instrumental to its success.
Let there be Facebook.....
When I joined Facebook my incomprehension of social networking from my experience with MySpace were clarified. Usability was key to Facebook with clean easy to navigate layouts. The idea of networks was also novel and very useful for me to connect to old friends (I could find on Facebook) and my Uni alumni. At the time not too many people (at least in the UK) were on facebook and I loved its short-lived cult status.
As facebook grew bigger with users and applications, things started to make no sense to me anymore. Some profile pages started to resemble the trademark clutter of MySpace profile pages. And then the guilt of snobbery I face very regularly of not wanting to acknowledge every 'friend request', 'poke'. 'wall post', 'event invitation' and 'random private message' is a constant evil I have to battle, and that because I am a private person. What put the icing on the cake for my disdain was Facebook's decision to display profile pages on Google search results.....Yes on GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS!?! wtf?!? What happened to privacy?!? Being discreet? All in the bin :(
Maybe I have become busier but I now visit Facebook for about 10 minutes every week or 2 weeks. Down from like 30mins - an hour a day, its just not what it used to be.
Here's what the Economists has to say about Facebook fatigue some of us are experiencing:
The number of Britons logging on to Facebook has fallen for the first time, according to Nielsen Online, an internet-metrics firm. In January, 8.5m unique users caught up with friends and colleagues, down by 5% from December. Facebook has added 712% more users in Britain since January 2007 and it appears that a natural plateau has been reached: Bebo and MySpace hit their user peaks in mid-2007. People may also be turning to more specialised sites, such as LinkedIn, a professional-networking site. America has already seen growth slacken.
I guess it'll be no more social network on the web for me....I'm more into social bookmarking with Digg and blogging at the moment.