October 20, 2008

Am I the only one who thinks Facebook has peaked?

I know most blog reader/writers are on Facebook, so I’m thinking you’ll have some opinions.

Or is it just that now that I’m not an undergraduate, I am now an old-fogy who is hmphing at those youngsters and their crazy Internets fads?

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  • Reply Noelle October 20, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I’m with you Janssen. I think it’s trying too hard these days. Though I do think facebook is more exciting and more geared toward undergrads than us old fogeys. 🙂

  • Reply Katie October 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I never got on facebook. I’m a blogger purist.

  • Reply toshapeandtomold October 20, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    My middle-aged mommy friends and I are all just getting turned on to Facebook. And since everyone knows that something’s over when the suburban housewives glom onto it I’d say the bells are tolling. But, hey, it’s fun for us! You younguns can move on to the next great thing and we’ll just stay here a little happier for a little less isolation in diaper/car pool world.

  • Reply Carly Jane October 20, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I never did it, I never will.

    By the way… you were in my dream last night! there were a whole bunch of us on a cruise (way fun) and you were one of them (random, I know). I was so excited to meet you in person. I said to you, “Janssen, you’re just as great as I thought you would be!” Isn’t that funny? I am sure you are, however, as great as you appear in the blogosphere :). Here’s to hoping someday I do get to meet you and see Bart again!

  • Reply tarsi210 October 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I don’t think FB has jumped the shark yet, and won’t until it tries to emulate MySpace, which I gave up ages ago due to the horrific amounts of crap that everyone is allowed to put all over their pages and the simply *garish* choices they make. I can’t be bothered.

    Facebook, on the other hand, IS trying hard, but as long as you ignore all the “applications” and don’t add-on anything weird or nefarious, the basic, straight-up version is still horrifically useful for keeping track of folks on a casual basis.

    The only want I have is to better categorize friends and have how much I see about them based on their categorization. For instance, I’m much more interested in family-member doings than, say, casual acquaintances. Other than that, I find it very interesting most of the time.

  • Reply Packrat October 20, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Middle-ager with grandchildren speaking here. My children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins post pictures and announcements on on Facebook. They all tell me to go to Facebook to see what is new. I’ve signed up and can sign in, as in it facebook recognizes me, but I can’t go anywhere or find anything except garbage. Guess the whole thing is beyond me. I prefer this or plain “old-fashioned” email.

  • Reply Elizabeth October 20, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I am so too old for Facebook. And I kind of like it that way. 🙂 It’s just one less thing to worry about.

  • Reply Kristi October 20, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I just jumped on the facebook train like a month ago and have been amazed how many old friends and things I have found. I think it’s great for keeping in touch. And for wasting lots of time trying to beat certain friends in word games. I like it.

  • Reply Julie Beck October 20, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I have a facebook account but almost never use it.
    I’m all about blogs!

  • Reply craftyashley October 20, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Yay! It’s about time someone said it. I’ve never been on facebook or myspace… and proud of it! I reject your fads, you crazy kids! Now where’s my walker?!

  • Reply Heather October 20, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    If you’re an old fogey, my bones are rotting away. Never even got a facebook account. Kinda glad. Blogging is enough of a time-sucker for me.

  • Reply Kristy October 20, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Facebook, Schmacebook. I get on like once a week and am bored. It seems like a big meat market (which I am so, so over) and blogs are so much more personal to me.

  • Reply cupcake October 20, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    I enjoy the photo sharing and the scrabble games. Other than that, I find it blah. I like to think of it as an adult locker. You can put up whatever you like and visit other people’s or you can avoid it.

  • Reply Katie and Joey Rich October 20, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I overheard three attorneys in my office talking about facebook today. They are getting all of their families on it now. So from that conversation, and the high number of friends requests I have had lately from older people from my home ward, I think that it is actually spreading more than ever before.

  • Reply Jenae October 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I hate facebook. I got one just to find an old roommate (who I didn’t find) and since people find me, want me to take their quizes or be their friends…I won’t even tell facebook if I am a boy or girl.
    Ha! That’ll show em!


  • Reply Angella October 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I use Facebook mostly for email and so that non-blogging friends can keep up. I am a horrible Facebook friend, though 🙂

  • Reply TheMoncurs October 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Actually, I just barely started using it on a regular basis. I mostly ignored it before. So I don’t really have anything to compare?

  • Reply Kimberly October 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I think it went downhill with the new version. But maybe I’m just too old to get the new stuff.

  • Reply Gretchen October 21, 2008 at 2:15 am

    I have to agree that it’s suddenly gotten really popular with the “older set.” By which, of course, I decline to include myself since I’ve been on it for years. It’s been really useful in a lot of ways. My high school reunion was mostly orchestrated by FB. I’ve found people I’ve been looking for for a long time. I think it will survive as long as it stays far far away from the MySpace thing. There are a lot of people on FB clamoring for more customizability, but I agree with tarsi – it would be the death of it. I guess I’m just immature, because I like it.

  • Reply Megan October 21, 2008 at 2:43 am

    I was thinking the exact same thing. My husband told me that it is because I am an old fogey and too cool for the dating scene and such, but I really think it peaked. It’s not as fun as it used to be. I’m done with it, too.

  • Reply Jeanelle October 21, 2008 at 5:13 am

    The only thing I like it for is photo/video sharing and also getting ahold of the YM/YW at church I don’t have email addresses for. It helps a lot during YW Camp planning time but it’s not a daily internet stop for me, generally.

  • Reply moosh in indy. October 22, 2008 at 2:01 am

    I loathe facebook.
    Thank you.
    That felt good.

  • Reply trent October 22, 2008 at 3:18 am

    You said it perfectly.

    I’m only 22, and I feel childish using Facebook.

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