The rise and rise of facebook ..

Is it just me .. or is the world going facebook? At least here in the UK, I see a big uptake of facebook – and it seems to be across the board. I am well networked in a new media/telecos/web/mobile circles .. so maybe I am seeing this as an early adopter here in the UK. Luke Razzel also well networked in the same circles called it ‘a stampede’ .. So it’s not just me!

Any one else have a similar observation?

Comments

  1. Dan W says:

    As a student I’m seeing the opposite. Many of my university friends are giving up on facebook. The influx of the ‘normal’ people combined with the ‘tacky’ apps are driving them away. They don’t like having employers and the like on the same network they share photos of drunken excapades and party invites on. A lot despise the apps which are making the site more like myspace and are filling the newsfeed with crap that we don’t care about.

  2. Lou Paglia says:

    Ajit, you are absolutely right. There is Facebook mania taking place right now, they really created shockwaves with their platform announcement. I must admit I thought the biggest story around the company was going to be turning down $1B from Yahoo!, looks like they may have made a very sound more the way they are gaining developer traction each and every day.

  3. Are you kidding us? You’ve noticed that Facebook is getting popular? Alexa ranks it 17 in the world. Google Toolbar ranks it #8. Notably, it is not just the number of people who visit, but the number who visit every day. And, a significant number of people keep the page open for hours at a time.
    It’s not just you.

  4. Ajit Jaokar says:

    Hello Dan
    Re
    >>
    As a student I’m seeing the opposite. Many of my university friends are giving up on facebook. The influx of the ‘normal’ people combined with the ‘tacky’ apps are driving them away. They don’t like having employers and the like on the same network they share photos of drunken excapades and party invites on. A lot despise the apps which are making the site more like myspace and are filling the newsfeed with crap that we don’t care about.
    <<
    Interesting .. Yes, I am kind of saying the same thing i.e. the site seems to be attracting people like me(and my peers). Thus its ‘growing up’. I cant offer a student perspective(although I am a PhD student – but I guess a lot more than that). Many thanks for your comments
    kind rgds Ajit

  5. Ajit Jaokar says:

    Lou
    Thanks for your comments. Good to see you here. I follow your blog as well. Many thanks again. kind rgds Ajit

  6. Ajit Jaokar says:

    Thanks Richard. Yes, I know facebook is popular (high alexa, page rank etc) and its growing. What I think is happening is
    a) Its growing beyond its usual demographic(students)
    b) Its growing fast in Europe(where I am based) and
    c) I see many more of my corporate friends participating in it(not just a basic presence but a lot more).
    Thats what I mean
    Thanks for your comments
    kind rgds
    Ajit

  7. It’s getting ridiculously mainstream. It’s bad enough that people like me are on Facebook but it must be utterly horrifying to the early adopters to see their parents there. That being said, various people I know who’ve jumped on recently have just as swiftly jumped off back to LinkedIn or the like. Still Not Safe For Work in many ways – or, better, Not Optimised For Work.

  8. Ajit Jaokar says:

    thanks Michael. early days! Time will tell. I like the social elememts of FB though .. Linkedin seems too businesslike to me .. I do like the human factor in business .. so I must admit I do enjoy FB ..

  9. Ron Edwards says:

    Hi Ajit,
    I’m experiencing a swell in the UK too with a more fun mix of friends and business colleagues inviting each other to join in over the last month. Somethin’s up! I thought the age base for Facebook was closer to those in Uni for the first degree but many of the people I’m meeting there are at least a bit beyond. I won’t be surprised when the original base find something more ‘cool’ and we see another tool rise in prominence with that population, hopefully with better mobile support and integrated with the emerging 3D web communities. I heard of Deloitte’s new internal ‘facebook’ system at a conference last week – another indicator that social networking sites are going mainstream while the actual Facebook gets blocked in other companies…so employees can’t tap into their ‘posse’.

  10. Looks like Facebook is going to be the first SERIOUS global Social Network.

  11. Facebook’s strength is its ability to ensnare. One email to you as an invitation from a friend and you’re pretty much registered with your own space as soon as you click the link. Impressively slick.

  12. Erlend says:

    I’m 34 and I find my friends from middle school in Norway on FaceBook. Seems their audience has grown up – fast.

  13. DjNasser says:

    I think it’s all hype. Just cuz the media tells us it’s popular?

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