Thursday, September 10, 2009

Facebook: The (Not-So) Latest Craze

Posted by austenfan at 9/10/2009 04:43:00 PM
A little product of my being a wannabe writer.

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You and 4 other people like this.

You are a foodaholic.

Your royal name is the Good.

Your real age is 14 years old.

If you’re a normal and fun-loving student who regularly lurks the World Wide Web looking for anything and everything you could possibly find, then you’ve probably seen these words at least a dozen times. If you’re the type who just looks in from time to time to see what’s new, you should have seen them (or even one of them) at least once! But if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, then do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and create a Facebook account already!

So what, you may ask, is Facebook? Basically, it’s another social networking site like so many others out there. For me though, it’s by far the coolest and most successful one to date. What exactly separates it from its predecessor, the hugely popular (and highly spammed) Friendster? A lot, actually. For one, you won’t get something like ‘You have 1 new messages’ over at Facebook. Plus, there are all sorts of quizzes to answer and apps to play if you’re bored and trying to pass time. Up to now, I’m still wondering why Facebookers simply love taking those quizzes which just seem like… utter nonsense (e.g. Quiz: How average is your life? Result: Average). But then again, when you’re bombarded with lab reports and plant design proposals, sometimes even nonsense equates to fun. J

By now, I’m probably starting to sound like a Facebook paid ad to you. I don’t know why, but I like it! And guess what? I’m not the only one who feels that way. At any time of the day, you’d see new friend updates all the time. People are getting way too addicted to it. So much so that a friend of mine even made a wall post 5 minutes after class was dismissed! Unbelievable, really.

Over the years, we’ve seen social networking sites spring up then slowly fade away. Undoubtedly, Facebook’s currently the one ruling that scene. I guess the question is: For how long? Sad, but true. Someday, users are gonna decide that Facebook has become too overcrowded for them and then move on to the next new thing. (I know that you know I'm right!) - :p Or maybe not - Mafia Wars has REALLY strong luring powers. LOL.

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