Has Facebook Jumped the Shark?

In an effort to strengthen its position in the fast-growing mobile market, Facebook announced its new “Home” mobile software yesterday. The same day I deactivated my Facebook account.

Look, I know I am old and I don’t fit Facebook’s demographic. But Facebook never really made sense to me. Do I really care about your son’s first tooth or that you just had great Thai food? Not really. Not online anyway. In person, sharing a meal, I would probably care deeply. But on a news feed? Not so much.

Alan Weiss characterizes Facebook as the world’s largest vanity press, and I agree. (No, the irony of this statement is not lost on this multiple blogger).

Miss Karen pointed out early on that if you want your feelings hurt, Facebook is the place for you. Your Facebook “friend’s” latest posts are photos of the awesome birthday party she threw for her husband. That you were not invited to.

My biggest beef is that Facebook is spawning literally billions of new busybodies, many with no sense of humor and some ready to be offended at the slightest provocation, real or imagined.

Gladys Kravitz was the nosy neighbor on the old Bewitched television show. As I recall Gladys had a pair of binoculars that she used to spy on her neighbors. But how many houses could she see? Five? Six? Now Gladys has binoculars powerful enough to see around the world.

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