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Ariella
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11/19/2013 | 9:30:32 AM
Re: Facebook Stumbles
@samricksha I don't know why you should say you're skeptical. I didn't say it was the best network, only that it's my own favorite. As for the popularity, you just can't beat the headstart that FB had in gaining so many users. Also G+ may have heard in first aiming for the appearnce of exclusivity in making it open only for those with invitations. That the first people there were more tech types also contributed to a certain image that some of the FB fans don't care for, considering it more boring and geeky. However, some of us find the small talk type of exchanges on FB rather boring and prefer the more thoughtful discussions to be found on G+. That is not to say that everyone is using it that way. Unfortunately, some people have started posting their selfies, animal pictures, and numerous mindless gifs. But that's what you have to deal with when you are open to all people. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/18/2013 | 9:35:05 PM
Re: Facebook Stumbles
@OtherJim

Hey, don't knock Google+! It's still my favorite social network. I get a lot more engagement there than I do on FB. I only stay on FB b/c the people who are used to it there are generally to lazy to really get invovled in G+. That's not to say that I'm sure it will dominate in the future, but I do like the more thoughtful -- less what I'm eating for dinner -- type posts that most people share there. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/18/2013 | 9:32:33 PM
Re: Facebook Stumbles
@Kristin that's all true, though I think that some of it depends on the individual's own inclination. I don't share personal information or even family pictures online. The only pictures I post are of places -- not of particular people.  But many people do the equivalent of pulling out all their snapshots online (it reminds me of one of the "I Love Lucy" episodes in which Ricky wanted to be the first to draw -- that is pull out his pictures of the kid before a rival dad).  
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Tom Murphy,
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11/18/2013 | 4:14:31 PM
Re: Facebook Stumbles
A good deal of this is related to generational change.  The boomers, the children of WWII vets, valued privacy and feared Big Brother. Gen X/Y drifted back the other way, leaving behind fears of the German intelligence agencies. Now we see teens shunning Facebook after seeing how it consumed elder siblings.  The pendulum is swinging again, and I suspect we'll see the next great experiment in social media before long -- ask your kids what it will be.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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11/18/2013 | 3:00:42 PM
Re: Facebook Stumbles
A source I interviewed for another story made a really great point. He said, "We don't lose the desire to have privacy. We change the value proposition of what it is. The more we share online and the more people react to it, the safer you think it is to continue sharing." That's exactly what Facebook wants to happen: The more comfortable people are with sharing, the more they share, and the more they profit.
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Michael Endler,
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11/18/2013 | 1:44:06 PM
Re: Facebook Stumbles
It's a great point, Jim. Does anyone think Facebook will succeed with its current strategies? Seems like most of the sentiment here is that they're not in a great spot.
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11/18/2013 | 1:11:45 PM
Re: Facebook Stumbles
Jim, I think you're right.  Google+ is growing quickly and does offer advantages over FB, but it also shares some of the more serious advertising/advertising issues.  Twitter and LinkedIn are dancing on the line.

In my book "Web Rules: How the Internet is Changing the Way Consumers Make Choices," I pointed out 13 years ago that the 'Net is the first mass medium controlled by the end user.  Current social networks haven't figure out what that means yet, and that's why the current models won't work.  It means that, eventually, we'll see a social network that is guided by users.

 
Tom Murphy
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Tom Murphy,
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11/18/2013 | 12:53:00 PM
Facebook Stumbles
Facebook is caught between a rock and the proverbial hard place. It needs ad revenue but its users need to know they won't be used as advertising vehicles. We remain in the early days of social media and if its short history has taught us anything, it is that Facebook is likely to be replaced with the next big thing.  Teens are already looking for something better, which Zuck noted in the company recent earnings call. 

My guess is we'll next see a nonprofit social network rise up that respects the privacy wishes of its users.  (Hey, Wikimedia, wanna give that a go?)  What do you think? Is Facebook or Twitter going to dominate this space forever?


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