From Friendster to Facebook
Many of us have totally switched to Facebook as our primary social networking site. We have somehow neglected Friendster accounts and open them once in two to four weeks or not as often (24/7) as we open Facebook .
The talk conducted by Paolo Pangan of Yehey!Philippines gave me some insights on this matter and made me think of other reasons why such a shift happened.
1. During Friendster times, one of our main goal (well, for most user, I think) was to get as much friends as possible without considering whether you really know the person or not. All we wanted was to show the world that we already have a second, third, fourth, fifth (and so on) accounts because previous accounts reached the limit for the number of friends.
But now, in Facebook, we treasure every contact we have and, more or less, we really know all the people in our list. We learned from Friendster that the number does not really matter—it’s quality over quantity.
2. Facebook tells us that we do not have to repost every picture of ourselves that our friends have. Just by tagging, we all have a copy of the pictures we want.
3. In Friendster, flooding the bulletin board is acceptable. But don’t we just hate flooding?
In Facebook, flooding the newsfeed is like humiliating yourself. There you are, discipline!
4. Friendster surveys and quizzes (from bulletin boards) make me type and answer for several minutessss. I have to open all of the others’ posts and pages to know if they have the same answers/results as mine.
Facebook surveys and quizzes make me click for my answers and get results in seconds. I can easily see the headshots of my friends with the same results as mine.
5. Facebook allows us to constantly update our status and keep track of our previous status.
In Friendster, where shall we put it? In shout outs? Shout out, once erased, is gone forever.
6. We can easily share and make our friends know that we have posted a new picture, video, comment, or even link through real-time updates seen at the lower right portion of Facebook.
7. Facebook lets you see your friends who are online and chat with them. Friendster do not.
8. Our Friendster inboxes receive and are flooded by spam messages and invites to try applications.
Our Facebook inboxes receive messages that are really meant personally for us.
**Social networking sites constantly give us lessons on privacy. Internet presence may be a threat to everyone’s privacy but it is still up to the person to regulate the information publicized to all. Also, changes in our interests toward networking sites only prove that consumers’ preferences change too.
Do you agree with these? Feel free to comment and leave your insights and reasons about the topic.