Since the Internet became an open media for the public, many different ways of web communication have been born. The IRC was very popular a few years ago, and blogging has become quite the necessity. Not everyone likes to blog though, most people like to stay in touch in a lot less formal way. With a generation of savvy users, the demand for a sophisticated network increased – Friendster gained a level of notoriety but nothing prepared the world for the imminent web-domination of MySpace.
MySpace catered to the needs of individuals of modest computer skills. One could easily register and get a page without having to understand mark-up languages like HTML. One could visit another website and choose a layer over the original webpage and thus personalize it by copying a code into the administrative part of one’s profile. The majority of MySpace users didn’t have a clue what they were doing, but with the help of YouTube and similar sites, many learned that they could easily copy codes and move them around the Internet with good results. However, there is a flipside (as always)! The fact that this is possible has made MySpace extremely hard to navigate and work with. It REALLY gets on my nerves! I tried it once and I never go back … profiles with dozens of pictures, videos and/or music players use up a lot of bandwidth and are hard to open in a short amount of time. This also puts a strain on the MySpace server.
But THANK YOU MARKET ECONOMY! Due to this problematic situation (push) and that idle net surfers got more and more frustrated on MySpace and looked for other hang-out places online to squander their leisure time on (pull), Facebook has arrived. With standardized layouts and no possibilities of importing HTML or CSS to change the appearance of the profiles, Facebook manages to keep its customers happy and speedily updated. Facebook doesn’t allow its users to control as much as they could on MySpace and keeps the process of communication far lighter on its system. So if you have a lousy computer like me, Facebook is a blessing …
But there’s a dark side of Facebook.
Facebook is completely evil. I feel like I’m standing here in disbelief while everybody is getting excited by the invention of the Atom bomb….
Did you know that the photos YOU upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook without asking you? They can use it for commercial purpose – and they don’t have to ask you – AND you wont get a single cent for it either!
I don’t like that they can do that to MY photos! Photos that I have taken are copyrighted by me and no one else and should not be used by someone else either! I’ve also read it in Aftonbladet that they want to co-operate with employers to let them get more information about you. And apparently with Google as well so people can search on your name and get to know even more about you. Is nothing sacred yet?
Well, I’ve made it so I have another name on Facebook than my own. The only ones who know are my friends and family (and, of course, everyone else on my FB list – casual acquaintances and old enemies alike). 🙂