Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Beginning or The End of Facebook?

Source: perezhilton.com

Last month, nearly 6 million people in the U.S. deleted their Facebook accounts, bringing the total number of active users in the United States from 155.2 million to 149.4 million.

Canada also lost 1.52 million users, and the U.K., Norway, and Russia lost over 100,000 users each.

Here's what tracking service Inside Facebook's Eric Eldon had to say about the drop:

"By the time Facebook reaches around 50 percent of the total population in a given country (plus or minus, depending on Internet access rates in that country), growth generally slows to a halt. So far, Facebook has been able to make up stalls and losses with big gains in heavily populated developing countries like Mexico, Brazil, India and Indonesia."

And here's what CEO of Law360.com Magnus Hoglund had to say about it:

"From my experience, I get the sense that being on Facebook is not cool anymore. The early adopters and trend-setters are moving away. [But] these are also exactly the type of people brand advertisers want to reach; if they are leaving, it doesn't look good for Facebook

I greatly regret signing up for a Facebook account. I did so after being pressured by a desperate friend who wanted more "friends" on the site in 2007. Little did I know that I signed a contract with Lucifer, giving away the rights to everything - absolutely everything - I posted there, and that everything I posted would never truly be deleted. It's frightening, creepy and utterly disgusting. My conversations by message or chat, which I thought were private, my pictures, my private information, my notes, my videos, my wall posts etc. It's absolutely sickening, and I have contemplated "Facebook suicide" many a times, as they so nicely put it. I have deactivated the account before, and since deleting it in fact doesn't really delete it, the only reason to "delete" it would be to protest, and I think that would be a good enough reason.