Is Facebook Fading Away?

I remember when Facebook became the new social media of the times. I was a Myspace person. That was the site that brought me into the social media structure. I love the way the site was structured. Everyone had a page that resembled a mini website. We could put widgets and photos up to decorate our site and make it personable. But unfortunately, this wasn’t for everyone. Some people thought that Myspace was too complicated to maneuver.

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Then Facebook opened, and we all flocked there instead while Myspace became the social media of the past. Now, it is a site for music lovers.

I don’t think Facebook it is going away anytime soon. I still see many of my friends posting on a regular basis. I believe we are filtering out the information we pay attention to more. As far as popularity goes, I don’t think the site has lost its edge. Though, I never had many teenage friends anyways.

Maybe the teens are becoming educated about the damaging effects social media can have on their future careers if they don’t use the site properly. One of the biggest promotions to the media platform was the negative news media Facebook received in the early stages of its life. That was when teens, mostly, were committing cyber bullying with adverse consequences on people’s lives. This seems to be less of a problem these days.

I’m on Facebook. I don’t think I use the site anymore or any less than I did in the beginning. For me, the site is about catching up on the latest news about friends, family, co-workers, and classmates. It is the alternative to picking up the phone to talk to someone. We share images and videos to show the events that are happening in our lives. I feel I have become a little bit closer to those who I have friended on Facebook over the years. Not everyone, but more so if I had never connected with them.

The majority of my social media time is spent on Facebook, closely followed by Twitter.

I heard that Facebook has a new privacy policy. Supposedly the policy allows the company to use our posts for advertising. I really don’t think they should be doing this. But then again, we do post photos all the time and share this media with friends and family, leaving the door open for anyone who would like to use our content. I guess copyright laws do not apply to Facebook, bringing about an ethical question.

Will we draw the line if a new social media site becomes popular?

Maybe, but for now, I will continue to be a Facebook user.

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