"The Facebook" is dying?

I found a post at Times Online talking about how some of the bigger social networking sites are dropping membership:

Could the party be over for the big social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo? Last month it emerged Facebook had suffered a 5% drop in members since December, according to Nielsen Online, the web analyst.

So the real question is are people move to other social networks or are they quiting the “scene”? The article speculates that people may be doing less posting because of the fear of party photos getting out. I disagree with that – the younger generation, in my opinion, is less concerned about their private vs. public image…I think they just feel like it is their image.

The story also talks about the almost impossible job of deleting a facebook profile. It appears you can deactivate – but not delete. That makes it uncomfortable for users who want to disconnect from the site.

Either way, it appears the honeymoon may be wanning and we have to deal with the reality of some of these sites. There is so much benefit to be had with the how interactions can happen – but it really about sites figuring out how to best mesh with the conversation and make it easier and better.

Facebook is flopping?

A post from the Register (note – strong language) is touting Facebooks slowdown.

Facebook has suffered its first drop in monthly users, according to numbers from web analytics outfit Nielsen Online.

Five per cent fewer people in the UK visited the site in January compared to the previous month. A total of 400,000 seem to have become bored with the social network and didn’t bother to return.

Hmmmmm…if this is accurate and  continues, it will be interesting and see what is next.

In Plain English

I have recently discovered a site called CommonCraft which has been trying to explain some of the newer web technologies “in plain english”.

Three of the most popular are: wikis, RSS and social networking.

It is very cool to see some people trying to help promote and educate about web 2.0.