I’m not a fan of social networking and haven’t been active on Facebook since majority of Indians decided to ditch Orkut. Make no mistake; I do have a Facebook account; which I had created in order to allow for ‘Facebook Login’ feature. The only page I’ve used so far is the Apps settings page and the Facebook brand page. I decided to take a break and spend some time checking out what makes Facebook so addictive.
I logged in to the site and had a look at my notifications (~100+) and friend requests (from people had I ran into at various occasions). I spent some time scrolling down my wall and found few interesting things.
- People upload photos.
- People like & comment on those photos with an average of 2.35 words.
- Photo uploader feels good & uploads more photos.
- People aspire for more likes and comments on everything they upload.
I realised that more than connections, Facebook is all about photos and making your, otherwise boring life look super amazing on your ‘wall’. It’s about making the most boring, mundane, unfunniest of the moments look ‘once in a lifetime’ moments. I’m not criticising; but it’s astonishing to know how these things matter to people.
My prediction is that Facebook will soon be replaced by a mobile messenger service like WhatsApp in near future. Facebook’s days are numbered; because WhatsApp makes it darn easier to upload and share photos.