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It's over! Social Networking is sooo last year!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bruce Lindfield, Feb 26, 2008.


  1. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    So - for the first time since these things started - Facebook,MySpace etc. showed a decline in numbers in early 2008.

    I've been listening to radio programmes where 'da kiz' are saying that this stuff is boring and they hate all the ads/commercials! "It's like doing the same thing over and over...?"

    Facebook users in the UK, fell 5% to 8.5 million in January from 8.9 million in December, according to data from Nielsen Online.

    This was the first drop in user numbers since July 2006 when Nielsen began compiling data on the site.

    MySpace users had fallen by 5% in January, while Bebo's audience had fallen 2%.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7257073.stm


    So that's it - the internet is officially boring - on to the next youth trend/passing phase...? :p
     
  2. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    This news was in the papers days ago Bruce!
     
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well exactly!

    I was surprised nobody round here had realised and was carrying on posting - when they should know by now, that this is all such "old hat" and that "da kidz" were moving onto pastures new...!!

    Leaving sites like this to "Silver Surfers" and business - how dull!

    :p
     
  4. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    The dip in numbers seems small though, I doubt these sites are going to disappear tomorrow! :meh:
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    But the point is that up to December the numbers were always increasing - this is the first decline and is almost certainly the end of the "bubble" ...?

    Expect many sites to go bust and for terminal decline to set in - their financial models ar fatally flawed anyway!
     
  6. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Well yes, the decline has begun...

    though I wonder how long it will be until these sites are gone for good because they're no longer viable to run.
     
  7. Flabby1

    Flabby1 Guest

    Sep 23, 2007
    myspace cancelled my account cause i hadn't logged in in so long.
     
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well their model is based on selling advertising space - but it's pretty clear that the audience hate this commercialisation and so the more ads, the smaller the audience!:eyebrow:
     
  9. I now have a much greater appreciation for my ignore function :hyper:
     
  10. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    Detroit
    I don't use Myspace for finding ugly chicks, I use it for band/gig related stuff only. So this news does not suprise me at all.
     
  11. Valerus

    Valerus

    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    I barely use myspace...only for supporting bands.

    And for facebook, it's great to get in touch with friends.
     
  12. Well that might be true in the UK, but there was just a report about facebook's use here in Canada and how much it was going up.

    lowsound
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam


    On another radio programme I heard - they were mentioning how it was used to make contact with school friends where people had lost touch.

    But there are only some many times people really need to do this and then if they become real friends you will see them in person.

    So by now everybody who needed to use it, has done and there is no longer any "momentum"...just a steady decline.
     
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam


    You're just behind the times - following the trends rather than setting them!! :p
     
  15. zen brain

    zen brain Banned

    Feb 15, 2008
    i had a myspace back in uhh... 06 and just the a bit of 07. everyone stopped using it and switched to facebook. me, i'm a rebel. not on facebook.

    everyone can act pretty fake online so i'm not exactly seeing the point of it. unless you wanna e-stalk girls or something.

    i'd rather meet people in person.
     
  16. Valerus

    Valerus

    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    True. And it's a way to meet people.
    I've met a couple of people on facebook first. It's pretty weird. :D
     
  17. zen brain

    zen brain Banned

    Feb 15, 2008
    i'm pretty sure you're right about him.

    but i think i heard just last year that toronto uses facebook like two or three times more than the 3 biggest facebook using cities in the US.

    which, if true, is ****ing crazy.
     
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Maybe it's because it's too cold to actually go out of doors in winter!! :p
     
  19. zen brain

    zen brain Banned

    Feb 15, 2008
    it's true :(
     
  20. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    well... wouldn't it make sense for registration numbers to be down?
    everyone already has one anyway!

    and as for accounts dropping.
    i bet you a lot of those accounts were fake accounts/accounts no longer used/pr0n/spam or any other kind of unnecessary account that has been removed.

    trust me, these sites are not going anywhere.
     

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