wheel - 10:36 am on Jun 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
to the old guys respectively sociopaths: you needn't turn every thread about facebook into a "why i'm not on facebook and will never be" matter. we understand that you are not willing to participate in the so-called social web. that's perfectly okay. no need to self-assure you time and time again that you are right in your decision. however, obviously hundreds of millions of people don't exactly share your feelings. deal with it. i had the same reservations some time ago and still have. in marketing theory, we are just called "laggards".
The old guys aren't on their because they're laggards. They're not on their because most people arenn't making money. It has nothing to do with liking it, or whether people are using it, or whether it's going to last. In it's current format, it's useless for making money in most industries.
Having seen some of these things comes and go allows one some perspective that I don't jump in just because it's new and everyone else is doing it. I stop first and ask "does it make me money?".
If yo can't show me the money, I'm decidedly disinterested. And since I'm spending my own money, getting a return back matters. You'll notice your post talks nothing about anyone making money on facebook. Which speaks to the point that much of facebook's appeal is simply marketing hysteria and people not spending their own money.