17th November 2010
You may remember a few years back there was a little old site called MySpace, MySpace was everywhere, anyone under the ages of 21 had it. Then came along Facebook, it was confusing at first and no-one really knew what it was. People liked it for 2 reasons, 1 it was easy to join and 2 it was trendy. MySpace then became less cool as it just copied Facebook. Today MySpace is nothing less than a site that bands create profiles for no-one to look at.
So why then is some guy, that posts rarely on his blog telling you that Facebook is killing itself? Facebook’s problem is it doesn’t quite know what it is anymore and why it exists. They’re adding new features yes, but so did MySpace, and they’re features nobody except the nerdy among us care about.
“Jason, why are you saying this blasphemy?” you ask… Well i’m not against Facebook, I love Facebook, kinda… It stays on everyday and it still wastes my time like any good social site. It’s also not because I started brosbook.com because let’s face it, BrosBook is just a bit of fun and doesn’t have the worldwide appeal of Facebook. My reasoning to this is, I read today Facebook is announcing an email service. “Soooo?” Yeah okay doesn’t seem like something that would trigger this article but hear me out.
Before Facebook killed it, MySpace was adding features that already existed elsewhere, it added apps, like Facebook, it added status’s, like Facebook. “Get to the point!” Well we have email services, hundreds, possibly thousands. Why do we need Facebook email? The answer is we don’t. You know what else we don’t need, groups. We also don’t need places (aka, if you want to kill me, you know where I am). Thus being the point, Facebook has stopped innovating and started following. Like MySpace users will stick to Facebook for a while, but there is going to be another site somewhere down the track (next few years) that will kill Facebook. Why? Because Facebook is not cool anymore.
I can’t tell the future, I don’t believe current trends like Tumblr and Twitter have what it takes to kill Facebook, they’re in a different league. But soon enough a new innovator will come along and we’ll all hear about the new site and reluctantly join before discovering it’s cooler than Facebook.
PS. The iPad is a mobile device, much like the automobile is a mobile vehicle. If it moves without wires it’s mobile. So please Mark, give us an iPad app. Thank you.