Facebook: King Dethroned?
Julien Ishibashi '14
If you have Facebook, you know that little tone when someone messages you. Most of us probably have the app on our iPads and phones. Maybe it's even the homepage on some of our computers. But what once seemed a fancy new express lane into the fast paced internet realm now feels old and undesirable compared to its newer cousins.
Once unparalleled, Facebook is now outdone by its competitors. Twitter is an invitation to post more frequently and less cautiously. Instagram is basically one big photo album, except you can filter and crop your digital persona to perfection. Both of the aforementioned media giants utilized the revolutionary “#hashtag” way before Facebook. Plus, you can post without fear of your grandma commenting and asking you about your life over the past three years.
Henry Nibbelin '16 added, "I think Instagram and Twitter are becoming more popular than Facebook among teens because we look for instant gratification when it comes to the stuff we put online."
Even microblogging platforms like Tumblr and Pinterest are beating Facebook; they allow their users to deliberately choose what content they see. For example, my cousin has a Pinterest that she only uses to find cutesy DIY projects, and she only uses Facebook to post pictures of her creations and discoveries. Tumblr expands that concept by incorporating extra social elements. With unique subcultures living within the behemoth blogosphere, each feed is even more personalised.
But is Facebook really that bad? I mean, you can keep in touch with everyextended family member and middle school friend from however many years ago. It's like a hub for all of the major events of everyone you've ever met—or haven't.
And therein lies the central problem of Facebook: I don't want to see all of that worthless junk. I haven't interacted with half of my Facebook "friends" online, let alone in real life. It gets annoying looking at all of those updates 24/7 when I just can't bring myself to care. And don't even get me started on all of the pages. Sofia Colosimo '15 explained, "When I feel obligated to friend everyone and like every page, I get bombarded with extra posts, whereas on Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr I typically only see the posts I want to see."
I'm tired of seeing the same tasteless memes and Buzzfeed articles for the umpteenth time. I'm tired of the monotonous and boring pictures with only slight variations. I'm tired of sifting through the dumpster that is my news feed. I'm just tired of Facebook. Facebook no longer reigns in social media.
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