Will They Kill Facebook?
There are attacks on Facebook from all sides. There are security concerns, disgruntled blog posts everywhere talking about Facebook's lack of interest in giving explanations for its constantly changing (and complicated) security policies, 'Quit FB Day' and what not. In fact, there seems to be so much panic right now that people are ready to fund a bunch of college students in their attempt to build an alternative (which they call Diaspora) to the Social Media giant.
While Facebook is getting in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, the anti-facebook community doesn't seem to be growing at an alarming rate for the Numero Uno networking site. The most important reason may be the real lack of a powerful competition!
Orkut has failed to conquer territories outside its strong holds (places like Brazil) and despite a desperate series of revamps is in fact losing ground in places like India at a rate which is disappointing. Other communities serve a niche group and do not have the potential to project themselves as a threat to FB.
As all good things (and almost all bad ones too) do come to an end sooner or later, Facebook is either going to balk at the needs and expectations of its users, or will evolve into something totally different from its current form. But this may not be happening as soon as you would expect, seeing all the negative vibes in the blogosphere. There reasons are quite simple and obvious:
Facebook is an addiction: The big challenge for a competitor of Facebook would be to try and offer a service which is better and yet strikingly similar to Facebook. People are addicted to 'Status Updates', 'Farmville', 'Mafia wars', 'Like', 'Share', etc. and it would be very difficult to get them out of this addiction without providing a similar feature set. And why would those who are not concerned about security 'convert' to something which offers the same service?Continued on the next page