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Facebook is giving its 150 million users a mystery virtual gift to celebrate its fifth birthday.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg said, "In the spirit of celebrating connections between people, we encourage you to use this gift to give thanks to [those] you are connected with on Facebook."
In the battle for online friends, Facebook is now the world leader.
In a blog post, Mr Zuckerberg acknowledged the company's work in achieving its place as the biggest social network to date. "Building and moving quickly for five years hasn't been easy, and we aren't finished.
My nieces convinced my wife and I to sign up. Can't say we're addicted, but it is a nice channel for keeping up with friends and family.
I tried avoiding it... just one more id to track on yet another sns. but admittedly, its the only one that keeps pulling me back with buddy requests etc. and only one that had real connections a bunch of ppl never would have dreamed of otherwise. so I give FB props for that.
and yah, integrated it as well.... and it also seems to be the most effective at generating traffic. prop again FB.
Daa*n u! (shakes fist in air)
My local newspaper recently printed that they had 220m members. Wonder where they got that from.
I like facebook - since having an account I've added a lot of people I knew at primary and secondary school, which is excellent. It rolls websites like MySpace, Friends Reunited and Twitter all into one!
[edited by: Tom_Cash at 12:20 pm (utc) on Feb. 5, 2009]
What I find about FB is that part of really knowing someone is knowing their day to day routine. Most of that doesn't rise to the level of an email or a phone call, but it's life happening and you're losing touch with those people. But then when they have little tidbits, you sort of know what's happening. So I probably wouldn't have known that my nephew had gotten interviews with Cisco and Google until long after the fact, but I did. I wouldn't have ever known that my niece was planning to spend New Year's Eve in Times Square. Some friends just split up and all their contact info was joint - phone, shared cell phone, shared email account - but they had their own FB pages so we could get in touch that way.
I've moved around a lot and have friends scattered across two continents and FB helps me keep up on what they're doing in a different way from email, phone or a letter on genuine dead trees.
At first I added some 'friends' just because they asked for my card and they sent a friend request. I don't use it that way anymore. If it's not someone I would keep in contact with otherwise, I ignore the friend request.
MySpace is too noisy (both literally with autoplay music and with the layout and everything). Twitter is ultimately pretty limited and I still just don't get it. But I've become a FB convert (though not an addict - haven't logged in for a few days).
My personal experience is that people are actually dropping off, at least the early adopters. And try closing your account there; it's hell. And all the data stays in their DB even after that. It's a huge privacy concern.
Those forms of communication you mention are themselves pale substitutes for a face to face dinner. Which in no way replaces a three day hike or fishing trip together. So based on that can I say that the phone and email are stupid?
It's not like one social channel excludes another.
Granted, I don't see the point of having 500 friends on FB, but that's another story that has nothing to do with staying in touch.
What I'd like to know is how to make money on FB. I'm about to start a public-interest group there, but I'm not sure if it's going to do me much good, $$$-wise.
Im ex-facebook, I used to like it until the page got redesigned and then all the clutter just got on my nerves. It has some uses for promoting local business and events.