So we all know that Facebook gobbled up Myspace in the social network world. Now, it is Google+ “numming” on Facebook. Let’s go back and see how we got where we are today.
Personally, I never joined Myspace with the biggest reason being because everyone was on it. I hate doing what others do, and besides, Myspace was rapers’ paradise to me. I was young and not stupid at that point in time of its popularity. The few times that I’ve been on there to check out a business (since it’s free, personalized & easily accessible to the already Myscape users) that Google linked me to to, it seemed pretty neat in the aspect of all of the personalization including the background, lettering, and even music to be played. Myspace earns a huge point on that since Facebook, even after many years, still hasn’t added that yet, and Google+ failed hardcore by starting brand new and not having that at the get go. So…wait…how does FB overtake MS, then?
Some smart fellows noticed the popularity in social networking and figured they too could create a site themselves. I was one of the cool people to join FB when people have never even heard of it, being too busy sucked into the MS world. I remember people asking, “do you have a Myspace?” and I would say,” no, I’ve got a Facebook.” Dumbfounded, they’d ask, “what’s Facebook???”
Oh the good ol’ days. FB was wonderful! I never used MS, but I knew it rocked more than MS! Myspace fell through because something new came along, and new always replaces the old. Plus, it was getting a bad rap for all of the very gullible, attention-craving, unintelligent, slutty, teenage girls that were meeting up with strangers and being raped/killed, whatever. [Their fault, not a website’s] FB killed MS by connecting people in a way MS didn’t. FB gave the “home” option to scroll through everyone’s statuses, and not having to go to each person’s page to creep on their life. That’s pretty much the reason for Myspace’s collapse in a nut shell, in my opinion. Moving onward!…
The mighty Google decides to take over social networking as it’s slowly taking over the world. (Please refer to a past post about Google: https://3kalb.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/google-takeover/) Once again, I was that cool person doing something before everyone else. I joined Google+ when it was just starting out, having to have an exclusive invite to be one of the few to join it in its trial run. I immediately noticed that it was Just. Like. Google. -.- I was hoping for something much more spectacular. I give it major points for what they’ve done to make it different, though. Personally, I hate the circles. I can’t stand how an infinite amount of people can add me, and I have to delete a hundred people daily and get lost within all of the people that I can’t find actual people I know that have added me. It’s great that it’s their way of grouping people, and deciding who sees what, but really? do people have THAT much time to categorize and separate people every time they do something or share something? Okay, I guess it’s just me. The hangouts are pretty cool, but eh, there’s so many other places such as Skype that’ll give better connection for that. The home page is just awful. I don’t want to see the millions of posts from the gamers I’ve added to my circles, and don’t want have to click each circle one-by-one for what I do want to see. )Nor do I want to make ANOTHER circle for everyone accept the gamers. Grr) I think overall Google+ is extremely overwhelming and chaotic for my liking.
Where did Facebook go wrong? That’s an easy question! Facebook changed the world. How many times do people say, “that’s totally a FB status” or, “definitely my new profile picture!”, or, “hey! post that on FB!” Facebook is even preprogrammed in cellphones! Facebook has even lead to new words being added to the dictionary, such as “unfriend”. With all of this, how can anything go wrong with it? Easy. FB is always getting feedback from its users. How many pages/groups/statues have been based on what we want? We still have no personalization and no dislike button, damn it! Facebook neglects the feedback from its users and gives us numerous, unwanted and disastrous changes. It used to be so awesome in the beginning, and now it just plain sucks and people can’t take it anymore. (As I say this, be ready for another ridiculously huge and unwanted change that’s in the process) Many people are starting to migrate over to G+ simply because they cannot stand the horrible changes. One would think FB would finally stop and start to listen, but they, instead, are waiting to hit rock bottom when all of its users transfer to G+. It will then join MS & the owners can weep together.
Recap of major positives/negatives of all three social networks:
Positive – Personalization & simplicity
Negative – Lack of connection and security
Positive – Connection & many applications to add
Negative – Unwanted changes, lack of personalization
Positive – Circles & hangouts
Negative – Chaotic and not easy to use/adapt to & owned by a major company
It’s a shame that G+ didn’t take the positives out of the other two, while adding its own flare. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see yet another social network overtaking all three of the above. It’s amazing how the world has changed because of social networking. I would say that it is mostly for the best by being able to connect to people in a way we never have before. For instance how many people graduate, write in others’ yearbooks with “keep in touch” and never do? Well now, we can stay connected to everyone in our lives if we choose to and go back and find people we’ve lost in our lives. It of course is creepers paradise, but I feel that that is the only downfall, really.
Let’s not forget about gaming and social networking. Two words that are sour coming out of my mouth: Farm and ville. Blagh. So many people have invested their hard-earned money on fake cash in games on these sites; it’s shameful, but hey, good for the makers. I will admit that I’ve been sucked into a few of the games myself, but have never spent a penny towards them, just a whole lot of my open hours of nothing else to do (I may add that that is another negative to G+ — the games Google bought out and placed on their gaming section have all of the original bugs that were worked out over the years on FB & none of the updates, making the game better).
Plain and simple, social networking has taken over the lives of many people, has caused a great deal of connections and procrastination, and will continue to do so in the future. Only time will tell what the next big step will be.