Facebook Just Can’t Help Themselves

The most popular social networking site in the world, by far, is Facebook. The amount of interaction on Facebook is staggering. Here are some of the numbers:

  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of their active users log in on any given day
  • Their average user has 130 people in their friends list
  • People collectively spend around 11.7 billion hours per month on Facebook, which is equivalent to 1.34 million years worth of time
  • People interact with over 900 million objects (pages, groups, events and community pages)
  • The average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  • The average user creates 90 pieces of content every month
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) are shared each month.
  • Facebook is translated to 70 different languages
  • 70% of Facebook users are outside The United States
  • More than 70% of Facebook users engage with platform applications every month
  • The Facebook platform currently has over 550,000 active applications
  • More than one million websites have integrated with the Facebook platform
  • More than 150 million people engage with Facebook on external websites every month
  • Two-thirds of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites have integrated with Facebook
  • There are more than 150 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
  • People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
  • There are more than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products

Source: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

Like I said before, simply staggering. Facebook is a monster…but what real social value is there? I guess only time will tell.

Having seen the numbers and experienced the Facebook phenomenon first hand, I made a decision a few days ago that most people would cringe at the thought of doing. I left Facebook. That’s right, I left. I went to my account settings page and deactivated my account. I didn’t even say goodbye to my Facebook friends.

Now you are going to wonder why. Why would I do something so foolish. Well, I have A LOT of reasons, but I will list some of the main ones:

  • I find myself aimlessly wandering around the site in search of something interesting to see. Sometimes I find it, but not very often
  • Boring
  • Spam, spam, and more spam
  • Endless posts of quotes and bullshit from people that I don’t care about
  • Even though Facebook claims your privacy is “important to them,” and that you “only share what information you want to share,” there are some very real issues with the security of personal information and any data uploaded to their site.

All those being said, there are two very big reasons:

First, Facebook reserves the right to delete, refuse, stop, remove, change, and/or censor anything and everything that is uploaded, posted, shared, published, or linked to and/or from their site. Unfortunately, they practice this censorship on a regular basis. I thought the whole idea behind their platform was to provide a way for people to connect with friends and share their lives with the people they want to share it with. It works that way for a lot of people. However, if you share any content that may be “objectionable” or may show certain points of view regarding politicians or governments, they most likely will censor it. I suppose it is their right to do so, considering they own the servers, etc. That’s all fine and good, but at the same time, don’t bullshit people about why certain things are censored. Just come out and say what the real reasons are. I might have some respect for their decisions if they were at least honest about it.

Second, I don’t understand how videos criticizing The Obama Administration (just one example) can be blocked within hours of being posted, but pedophiles with Facebook profiles/pages are left alone, even after repeated attempts to have their illegal content, or potentially harmful content, removed from the site. I don’t support censorship, but I also don’t support endangering children.

A word about the film, “The Social Network.”

My Son, daughter, and I went to see The Social Network today. This movie is about the founders of Facebook, and the friendships that were gained…and ultimately lost through the process. I was interested in the movie as soon as I heard about it a few months ago. The movie was very good from start to finish. I would recommend it to anyone interested in how Facebook came to be what it is today, and how the world’s youngest billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, made his fortune.

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 Paramount Pictures film, The Social Network

Mark Zuckerberg - Co-Founder of Facebook

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