growth of facebook

saw this visually-compelling little chart on bob’s blog recently. really, this says more about the times and culture we live in than it does about facebook, per se. sure, i’ve started to hear a backlash against facebook, mostly from hipsters and indie types who don’t seem to like anything that has gone mainstream. and i’m sure something will eventually come along to unseat facebook — that’s not really the point here.

the point is that we live in a time when reaching mass acceptance of a particular technology can take place in 5 years! i’m sure the speed also makes the acceptance less firm, in some ways (as in, there’s likely a corresponding quickness with which this technology will be usurped by something else). one of the things i notice is that the fuel for the fast rise of the most recent technologies has come from youth (whereas the older technologies were forced to go through the slower progress of adult acceptance first), which says something about the leading role of youth culture in the world today.

would love to hear your thoughts…


4 thoughts on “growth of facebook”

  1. Very interesting…definitely shows the influence of youth.

    Wonder how long Facebook will last but things in it’s favor:

    the new (perhaps along with myspace) global and temporal (not just people around me today but from my past) phone book

    Colleges are using it to connect incoming freshman to their roommates and other classmates – like apple/mac, tie into the educational systems that youth are automatically linked to and you have some serious lasting power

    adults are still discovering it – and like it – so will the hip and young might walk away from it, the majority of the population is just waking up to it and liking what they see

  2. Technology is like clothing sytles nowadays, but lamo fashion people are not pushing it. Like Marko and the other article said, it’s the youth, which makes our jobs ever more important. We need to embrace Technology even more. It puzzles me when I (34) interact with people slightly younger than me who are in ministry that don’t, do much computer related. They don’t even have e-mail address or forgot how to access them.

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