Who killed Facebook? We did!

Okay, so I might be going for a little shock value with the title of this rant, but I do feel like this could be a future headline. As most of you know, I’m a big fan of Facebook and the advertising value that Facebook brings to small businesses.

Do you remember a little thing called MySpace from a few years ago? Oh they are still around but not nearly what they were at their peak. If you look into what basically killed MySpace, then you’ll find a variety of reason some the usual and some just plain old bad decisions. The infrastructure that they built MySpace on quickly became outdated with the volume of users that were accessing, so like an old home they kept patching the roof but never did the complete tear down to fully repair. Key personnel left the company and inability to bring in new talent to address issues.

Facebook has avoided the MySpace type issues. It’s obvious that they have learned from MySpace’s downfall. But what I think is the main challenge for Facebook is something that they can’t completely control: us! And that’s you and I! While Facebook does have policies to control and monitor content, take a moment and think about how your News Stream has changed over the years that you have been on Facebook. A casual glance down the news stream page, will show “Allen completed Level 5 on Farm Town” “Janie unlocked the secret badge on Charmed”, and then there are the random photos that people post and repost over and over again. And yes they still make me laugh, (come on it’s Chris Farley as a Chippendale)

And then there are the games or the inspirational quotes…

Okay okay, now some of you are thinking that I’m becoming a grumpy old man at the age of 38!

But remember this is called Ryan’s Rants! The final things that is driving me nuts is the political postings and music video postings. Okay I get it, you are watching videos on YouTube, yes the Flock of Seagulls is awesome but I don’t need to see everything they have ever done.

Facebook to me is still the best social network, but I feel like we are becoming anti-social.


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