Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

Summary: If you hate Facebook, don't use it. You should probably know, however, that Facebook isn't going anywhere: the social network is here to stay.

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In the Facebook world, the first week of 2012 started off like many years before it: a lot of news, a handful of rumors, some speculation, and of course a loud cry that Facebook is going the way of the dodo. I'd like to remind people of something they seem to completely forget. Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account.

Earlier this week, Uncrunched wrote an article titled "Nobody Goes to Facebook Anymore. It's Too Crowded." On the surface, this appears to be a ridiculous claim, given that the social network broke a record late last year, when it saw 500 million users log onto the service in just 24 hours.

So the first part is clearly not true. The second part is very, very subjective. The main argument of the article appears to be simply that Facebook users have too many friends and that they are being overloaded with content. Hence Jimmy Kimmel's National UnFriend Day and De-Facebooking. A New Year's Resolution?.

I was trying to figure out the best way to respond to the article's claims when I finally stumbled on the answer, on Reddit of course. The image is embedded at the top of the article since it amusingly summarizes the point I'm trying to make: even if you quit Facebook, you'll still talk about it.

There is a small percentage of Facebook users who are very vocal. They are broken up into two groups: those who threaten to quit Facebook and those who quit Facebook. Both groups love to complain about the service, and some of them like to offer alternatives. These include Twitter, Google+, Path, and any number of Facebook killers.

If Facebook is too overcrowded for you, then either clean out your friends list or just leave altogether. Just remember that regardless of what you end up doing, Facebook will still be around, because people are using it more and more, not less and less.

In a recent Business of Software class I took, the professor said it was perfectly okay to polarize people. If you had users who loved your service and individuals who hated it, you've struck gold.

Facebook is often compared to Myspace; people argue that the former will see the same fate as the latter. I don't think so. People complained about Myspace because it wasn't doing anything to improve its service. People complain about Facebook because it's constantly trying to improve its service. That's huge.

There are people who hate Facebook, a lot. That's okay. Microsoft has haters. Google has haters. Apple has haters. All these companies are still around, and likely will be for many more years.

In the end, this comes down to one observation I made a few years ago about how to make sure your company lasts longer than the expect life of your product. What do Microsoft, Google, and Apple have in common with Facebook, but not with Myspace? They're all platforms.

Facebook isn't like Myspace because it's not just a social network. It's a service that millions of users and thousands of companies rely on. So, let me say it again. Even if you delete your account, Facebook is here to stay.

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Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Here to stay, eh?

    This kind of falls under the "no **** sherlock" category.
    man-of-steel
    • RE: Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

      @man-of-steel
      Tell that to all the people who comment on this blog saying that Facebook is a fad.
      Empro
    • RE: Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

      @man-of-steel

      Well, read CobraA1's comment below.
      aep528
  • RE: Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

    "Facebook is here to stay"

    That's what they said about MySpace =).

    "The main argument of the article appears to be simply that Facebook users have too many friends and that they are being overloaded with content."

    Yeah, Facebook is pretty poor at the signal to noise ratio.

    "People complained about Myspace because it wasn???t doing anything to improve its service. People complain about Facebook because it???s constantly trying to improve its service. That???s huge."

    Emphasis on "trying." Sure, they try more than MySpace, but it's a rather moot point if they're not succeeding.

    "So, let me say it again. Even if you delete your account, Facebook is here to stay."

    Only time will really tell us that. If there's one thing that has been proven over and over again, it's that users are fickle, and if they feel something is clearly better than something else, they will move.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

    Whose axe are you grinding?
    eholcroft@...
    • RE: Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

      Curious, but who are you asking?
      klumper
  • RE: Facebook is here to stay, even if you delete your account

    [i]You should probably know, however, that Facebook isnt going anywhere: the social network is here to stay.[/i]<br><br>It's here to stay because one can always count on enough pooter ignoramuses and bumpkins to go around to fill any (misplaced) need. Shades of what we see with malware and various rooting devices, only those you can actually scrub clean and free yourself from via one method or another. Good luck with Facebook. *doink*<br><br>In the meantime, it gives the better informed something to laugh at from the safety of the gallery.
    klumper
  • Never saw the big deal

    Joined Facebook sometime around 2005. Never saw the big deal in it and never logged in since. Same thing for most other social networks. My social networking mantra is as follows:

    I have no Space
    My Face is in no Book
    I am not a Twit

    I am however, on LinkedIn, and even then, just barely. Again, just don't see what the draw is.
    MGP2