Facebook is the new Myspace
Social media overload drives Facebook in wrong direction
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
At some point this week I'm sure everybody has logged into their Myspace, wait no Facebook, I think — I'm not sure anymore. With the latest system update and all the media clutter, it's official…
…Facebook has become the new Myspace.
The new update allows users to see what's going on with everyone, all the time, whether you want to or not. You see what someone said on your friend's photo that you don't know and then you're asked to befriend him or her. The new Facebook suggests people you would like to follow and shows you their status updates all the time based off some fancy calculation, and you are constantly bombarded with updates on your friends from every conceivable angle.
Admit it. We all had a Myspace at one point, but the social media network then became cluttered, messy and just overall trashy.
Then came Facebook.
Facebook offered a clean and crisp social media experience, one that was originally offered exclusively to college students. Smart move. This keeps out the immature middle and high school kids.
Facebook eventually opened up to more people, serving as a place where families could reconnect and business people could add their buddies. This, however, is no longer the case at all!
It all started with the cliché "I'm sad don't talk to me" status, which indeed makes people comment and talk to you. (This was more of a little annoyance than a problem, in my personal opinion.) Then came the ability to tag people in your photos and statuses.
At first it was a cool feature that seemed innocent, but then people figured out that you could play "games" with this. Tagging people to make other people jealous, to reveal a scandal or just to be mean. Then, the "like" feature came into the picture and people began to "like" everything, even if it wasn't worth "liking." Also, people started to flood walls and everybody else's stream with facts about me and my feelings toward you or this or that. The list goes on and on.
We all have the feature we love to hate and then the feature we secretly love.
The ultimate downfall came when Facebook allowed anyone over the age of 13 to get a profile. This is the point of no return. Doing this was also an easy way to make money with advertisements of course, but, honestly, was it worth it? It took everything that was bad and made it 10 times worse. There is so much failing in one place is not even funny.
Then mix it with your mom and family.
You know something's wrong when you have to block your mom and grandma from discovering some nonsense your friends tagged you in, that edgy status you happened to post or that crazy photo you were tagged in that you're not even in. That's just too much for the heart to handle. At least on Myspace you could block some completely.
Blocking someone on Facebook is so complicated.
There are just so many options. You can block someone from viewing a status, a post, a picture, a video, blah blah blah. I don't want to go through hundreds of block options; I just want to block someone because I don't want him or her to see my business!
It's only a matter a time before Facebook fades away like Myspace, but there is still time for the company to save itself from this fate.
If you're perturbed by Facebook's recent changes, you're going to be bewildered by the next set of changes discussed at the recent Facebook "f8" developer conference in San Francisco.
Don't you think it's time to go create that Google + account? View this manual for guidance.
O'Dell Harmon is a senior ag communication & journalism major, but don't let the agriculture in his major name fool you. He is an avid gamer who knows the ins and outs of all things electronic.