Just watched the Money Program on Facebook presented by Emily Maitlis. It kind of confirmed my reasoning for not using the service very much.
It's on BBC iPlayer so if you're not in the UK the link is pants.
Anyway, Mr Zuckerberg came across as a reasonable young chap, but there is a classic moment when Ms Maitlis asks a Facebook exec if when you 'like' a product or service and that 'like' is used as an advert, it is an advert, which uses the person. Did he feel okay about this?
His reaction is fascinating. It certainly didn't encourage me to try and use FB more, in fact, probably quite the opposite however it's clearly going to grow and grow and go public next year for over $100 billion.
I wasn't sure what it is about FB, but something about it creeps me out. Everything about 95% of people online who use it makes me think I'm just an old wierdo who doesn't 'get it' but another part of me thinks FB is a bit creepy in a way I don't experience with Twitter and Google+.
It's not like Mac V PC, which I admit was always about 95% of PC users being maligned by the 5% of Mac users. That whole debate is so 90's it just doesn't get discussed any more, but the notion of minority 'elite' facing majority 'lumpen prole' is clearly something that hasn't died. It's now the 10% of Google+ users who malign the 95% of Facebook users, only the Facebook users have no idea there's any maligning going on, and they wouldn't care if they did know.
I wonder though, as do many who question the domonance of FB, if ther will be a backlash, if there will be a Myspace moment where it just starts to drop in popularity. I can't see it happening