Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What do Facebook and Kirby have in Common?

An article I wrote for techsocialite.com on What Facebook and Kirby have in common.

Here is an excerpt:

So what do Facebook and Kirby have in common?  Ok so it’s not that they both suck, actually I’m a fan, but all is not well at the social networking juggernaut.  User privacy issues bring the latest woe, but you know that’s pretty boring…  so let’s talk about what Facebook has in common with Kirby.  For the uninitiated Kirby is a happy ball that basically inhales bad guys and steals their powers….   Seems simple enough…. Right?  Well if you look at it… Facebook is the ‘me too’ master of the social networking world. The funny thing about Facebook is it’s always been the ‘safe’ form of social networking. It’s always been relatively cleanly designed (well historically at least) and free of the spam/cluttered nature of other social networking sites (ok so I do agree that now the spam comes from all your friends asking to join Farmville, Mafia wars, and other stuff). It’s kind of like that girl in accounting that you think you can bring home to mom.  In contrast Myspace is more like the delightfully sketchy girl next door.  That being said, Facebook is at the point now where your parents are joining.  I think it’s hit that stage of the Technology Adoption Lifecycle (seen below) that we call the Late Majority/Laggards stage.


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