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  •  Facebook is dying anyhow (2+ / 0-)
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    MKDAWUSS, Omir the Storyteller

    People are taking longer and longer breaks, the kids don't think it's cool anymore and are moving on to other services, and Facebook still hasn't figured out how to actually make much money off of what they do.

    This is the Internet. You simply can not count on your "Next Big Thing" being the next big thing for very long. There's another umpteen bazillion next big things just waiting to eat your lunch as soon as people get bored with you.

    Hey, remember MySpace? Hehe.

    •  I give it a couple more years before (1+ / 0-)
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      Facebook becomes an internet graveyard, exhibiting life in a previous era. By then we'll all have moved on to whatever the next big thing is going to be (and no, I don't have any clue as to what it's going to be).

      •  And after that, interoperable social media (1+ / 0-)
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        Social media will become an interoperable service, like email. It won't matter who is hosting your account, or what servers your friends have accounts on. Facebook, MySpace, Google+, and who knows how many others will all learn to play nicely together, and the particular server you use will not matter any more than the particular domain name after the @ sign in your email address, or the cellular carrier you use.

        And after THAT, only old people will use social media at all. The kids will all be using pheromone clouds or something.

        "In Korea, email is for old people" -- Some nice young lady from South Korea, circa 2004

        How to annoy a millennial.

    •  I figured this would happen long ago (3+ / 0-)
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      SethRightmer, lotlizard, Caipirinha

      I mean, I've been on the tubes pretty much since before there were tubes. I've seen BBSes, Compuserve, Usenet, the WELL, AOL, MySpace, LiveJournal and countless others that I've forgotten about come and go. (Well, usually they don't go, but they become a shadow of what they used to be.) I figured early on that Facebook would make a big splash and a bunch of people would make a boatload of money, and then the public would be off to the Next Big Thing.

      Now if only I could figure out what the Next Big Thing was going to be so I could have my $15 billion of fame . . .

      If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

      by Omir the Storyteller on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:38:03 AM PST

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      •  Old School, Represent! (3+ / 0-)

        I was an old school BBS kid myself, Commodore 64 boards, mostly. Even before that, my dad had us connected to Compuserve and GEnie through our TRS-80 model 1.

        The nature of this beast is rapid, ceaseless change. As they say, fame is fleeting.

        I do love to be able to make claims prefaced with "Well, back in MY day..." Hehe. And then I shake my cane at the kids who won't get off my lawn.

        •  Ah, the good old days (3+ / 0-)
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          SethRightmer, lotlizard, Caipirinha

          I can still remember my Compuserve account number (70635,302 for the record). I also remember blowing a couple of dollars on my phone bill by calling a BBS in England, just to say I'd done it.

          Kids these days just don't know what they're missing . . .

          If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

          by Omir the Storyteller on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:02:19 AM PST

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