Is There Life After Facebook?

Friday, February 03, 2012


It’s easy to forget that Facebook has only been around for eight years. In that time, Facebook’s grown from a college dorm room project to a multi-billion dollar company, and made its 27 year-old founder the 4th richest person in the United States. But Facebook’s life represents an eternity in internet years, where sites live, dominate and die at historic speeds. Surely, then, Facebook must one day die, right? According to Clay Shirky, no one ought to hold their breath waiting for Facebook's demise.

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Comments [12]

Ashley S from Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Although the question is interesting to ponder, I think it is personally a difficult one to answer. No one can predict the future and foresee a life after Facebook, at this very moment in time. Another contender would really have to pan out globally to swoop Facebook out of the running. But, who is to say that there isn’t life after Facebook? Generally speaking, that is a rather indefinite question, especially considering the rise of social media. New ideas are formed everyday, and someday something may walk in on Facebook’s turf, but I think we have some time before that happens.

Feb. 16 2012 05:39 PM
Rachel from Detroit

One reason facebook will stick around is so people don't have to be bothered with remembering birthdays and keeping up with old contacts. People do all the updating so you dont have to make the effort. Win win

Feb. 16 2012 05:32 PM
Francisco from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

No, FB is not a utility and I say never will be. It's surprised everyone in that it has remained popular longer than MySpace and BeBo so that has confused Analysts but that is not the same as it being a semi-permanent fixture in the culture of the world.

Feb. 08 2012 05:47 AM
Robbie from Atlanta, GA

The notion that Facebook has become so crucial that it cannot disappear sounds like someone forgot about America Online. AOL was the FB of the 90's and was so integrated into people's conception of internet access that many people knew nothing else of the broader internet but AOL's walled garden. Despite this, it slowly disintegrated into whatever it now is. Facebook will certainly do the same.

Feb. 05 2012 03:02 PM

Clay Shirky sings the same mindless songs over & over: conformity is good, technology is better than freedom, blah blah.

How could you devote an entire hour to Facebook without talking to any of its many serious critics? Was this show sponsored by Facebook?

Feb. 05 2012 11:16 AM

Contrary to Mr. Shirky's remark, we're not a handful of privacy nuts. The reason Europe is on the forefront of the defense of privacy is they have a fresher memory of authoritarian rule and they don't worship corporations. European governments, not the U.S. Supreme Court, are our best protection to retain individual rights that cannot exist without privacy.

Feb. 05 2012 11:03 AM
RC from New England

I guess the idea that "social media" is actually about as anti-social as you can get is old and tired, but damn, so much of what I see on Facebook just seems like unhealthy projections of peoples' neuroses, passive-aggressive insults and sad cries for real connection.

Feb. 05 2012 10:40 AM
BrendaTNYC from New York City

Love it, hate it, don't use it. But you can not ignore it. Facebook has changed the landscape of friendship and communication forever. Personally, I am grateful. I natter more here:

Feb. 05 2012 10:24 AM
ramesh from Newyork

Persons interviewed in your program are connected to digital media in some fashion, through blog etc... Individuals in media need FB, it is their mail-man or tool. So it is not surprising that these experts over value FB.

Society is not as dependent on FB as media thinks. I am a s/w engineer; our team writes s/w targeted at FB, but many of us(including me) do not even have an account with FB.

Personally, I think FB could cause misunderstandings. Example, assume one your friend uploads pictures of a party, then it hits you that he/she did not invite you :-). I think it is healthy to keep some digital distance.

Feb. 04 2012 11:32 PM
William Scott

Again, you people think your world is THE world. Most people aren't on Facebook. Most people in the US aren't on the internet. Most people are in the real world and will stay there. Have most people ever been "On" the telephone? We have one but only a few people have it glued to their ears and they usually grow out of that.
With my work and interest in light porn I'm on the internet all the time but I'm not on Facebook. I don't care! When I go to rent a movie or buy a book the is an option to see what is popular with other people in my geographic area. Why the hell would I care about those idiots?
When I'm surfing I often get a connection to Facebook or MySpace and when I look at these pages they're messy and hard to find what I'm looking for.
Why do people buy books from particular authors instead of reading the garbage that kids, college students and bloggers put out? Because good writing is a lot more interesting than amateur writing. Which is why I don't waste my time with Facebook, MySpace, blogs, the reviews on Amazon or IMDB.

Feb. 04 2012 09:37 PM
J archer from georgia, USA

Love the irony of the music following Brook's last comment about fb declining interview!

Feb. 04 2012 03:17 PM
MRH from Silver Spring, Maryland

It is hubris to talk with such confidence of Facebook 2020 or 2050. It's so 2012! No one knows what modalities we'll have that will make Facebook obsolete. I go with Ira Gershwin (Love is Here to Stay, 1938): "The radio, and the telephone, and the movies that we know may all be passing fancies and in time may go."

Feb. 04 2012 11:15 AM

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