Week 4

The Future of Facebook

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 6.09.08 PMFacebook has now reached 1 billion users world wide. This means 1 out of every 7 people on the planet are on Facebook. It’s tough to argue that Facebook hasn’t had a major impact on how our society communicates and connects. Whenever you log in, you are encouraged to share how you are feeling, where you are, and who you are with, and many people do just that. In fact, some people may share a little too much about their feelings on Facebook and it has gotten them into trouble in their personal and professional lives. However, there are a growing number of critics who believe Facebook may become the next MySpace. Perhaps the largest group of Facebook critics are teens. For this week’s blog post, I would like you to do two things:

1. Read this article by 13 year-old Ruby Karp

2. Watch the video linked to the image below

I would then like you to write your own critique of Facebook. What do you think of Facebook as a social networking site? How long have you been on Facebook? What do you use Facebook for and has your behavior and/or activity on Facebook changed since you first opened your account? Why is that? Do you see your friends changing their behavior and/or opinions regarding Facebook? I’m interested to know if you agree with Ruby’s sentiments as well as what you think lies ahead for Mark Zuckerberg and the social networking giant he has created. Please use as many details and examples as possible to support your critique. I’d also like to read about your suggestions on what Facebook could do to remain competitive amongst a sea of growing social networking sites.

Matt Laurer's Oct. 2012 Interview on Rock Center  with Mark Zuckerberg
Matt Lauer’s Oct. 2012  Interview on
Rock Center with Mark Zuckerberg

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