So it appears that Facebook is slowly going the way of MySpace, in a matter. I really did enjoy Facebook in its older days, where entry into the site was restricted to those of workplaces or universities.
When they went public and opened their registration to anyone and everyone, I was reluctant at first. They opened it up, I met a bunch of old friends who were now using, “not a big deal” I thought. Then the applications began to appear. Oh my lord, there were a lot of applications. Thankfully, they’re not as horrible as they could have been. I can just ignore most of the invitations, although it’s a bit annoying to constantly receive invitations. However, this was when advertisements started to show up. Sponsored messages began to show up in my news feed. Typically, only one was to be found in the feed. I thought this was doable. Far more than that in MySpace, with ads and glitter and explosions coming at you from everywhere.
Now, Facebook runs the gamut of the decision to go with more ads or not. The fact that Google or Microsoft may have dibs in that now, makes me worry for the vested future of Facebook. As long as the winning bidder doesn’t impose a need to thrust more of their own ads at everyone, I could care less if they want a market share of the fifteen billion dollar company. If they decide to shove even more of them over the pages that people view daily, I’ll be quite ready to give things up.
I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of an elitist, as some people know. Probably goes with being a perfectionist…I like things how I like them. XuQa seemed like an awfully nice university-based social network back in the day of its inception. Since then, they’ve turned into a cesspool in my eyes. MySpace was the new fad of the day and I was interested, but ultimately I didn’t really feel comfortable with it. Friendster and Hi5 both had attempts as well, but they failed promptly. I had marvelous hopes for Facebook once I gave it a try. I loved the simplicity and the exclusivity of it; clean, sharp, and selective! Alas, it is slowly going the way of the remaining sites.
I’m just waiting for the day that spammers and bots begin to solicit on Facebook. I’ve ran into a few accounts that were awfully close. I know I don’t use Facebook as much as I did back in the day, but I’m more and more leery that it’s going to go down that drain that everything else does.
Why must these all evolve in the wrong fashion?