Is Facebook a Passing Fad?

Nearly half of Americans think so.

According to Mashable: A poll conducted by the Associated Press and CNBC found that 46% of respondents think Facebook will fade away as new platforms come along in the future. However, about 43% believe the site will likely be successful for the long haul.

So… what do YOU think?

My guess is that it will fade just like most things do.

So will Twitter.

It will be like a cassette tape.  Or a CD (for that matter).

We’ll still be connecting online, but with something newer and shinier than Facebook.

Using facebook in 2015 may be like sending a fax today.

As we’ve seen… things change quickly… very quickly.

What do YOU think the future will look like?  Will Facebook be a huge part of it or not?

And how are YOU using Facebook differently today than you did… say… a year ago?

(For me… I use Facebook primarily with people that I actually know in real life.  I use Twitter to follow people around ideas and thoughts.)

Would love to hear your input!




  • Bryan Hardwick May 15, 2012 Reply

    I agree with you. I have recently redone my social media strategy and created a public profile page on Facebook to develop connections with people I don’t know well or at all and use Twitter to develop connections with leaders for their ideas and thoughts like you. My personal Facebook page has now been trimmed down to people who I have actually had meaningful conversations with.

  • Daniel Decker May 15, 2012 Reply

    Agree to a degree. : ) All things change and fade eventually but will FB be around long enough to make it stay as a force in communication? I think YES. I think it has easily another 5-10 years before anything else could even remotely come close to knocking it off. But then there is the other side of the coin… I think a lot of us are looking for LESS. For me, I am less likely to even try something new because between email, Facebook and Twitter I feel like all my basis are covered. Google+ is a great example. I didn’t give it much of a shot because I just didn’t want another outpost to deal with (and I think a lot of others felt the same). Unless Facebook does something stupid (like Myspace allowing smut ads) then I think they give us no reason to bolt, at least anytime soon.

  • Todd Rhoades May 15, 2012 Reply

    Yeah, I think we’re on the same path, Bryan. There’s just too much to keep up with… too much clutter. And I’m finding myself cutting back more and more.

    That’s one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging much as of late. I don’t want to keep contributing to the clutter problem until I find a platform that really seems to make sense for me and others. I have a couple ideas I’m working on, but nothing much to share yet.

    And Daniel… I do think that Facebook will be around for a while. It has made a huge impact. But the amount of time it took for Facebook to make that impact can (and probably will) be made in a much shorter time next time around, by a player that we’ve probably not even heard of yet.

    The clutter thing is huge. I don’t know how many discussions with people recently who have just about given up. They don’t blog. They don’t twitter. They’ve found that the time investment just doesn’t pay off like it used to.

    As soon as all this sharing gets to the point of overload and people start feeling trapped, they’ll bail. That’s why I think something newer and shinier that can do that will make it big quickly.

    A lot of people I talk with just want a chance to reset.


  • Laura L. May 15, 2012 Reply

    I agree. I think facebook usability is pretty crumby compared to newer up n’ coming apps and social sites. I think folks who don’t like change will stick with facebook, but there are plenty of us who welcome change. And change is definitely coming.

    I think the big facebook turn-off will be in the form of more prominent ads and prompts to pay for stuff since facebook now needs to prioritize making long term (massive) profits.

    That being said, there is one aspect of facebook that I think will be around for a while, and that is the facebook sign-in. I don’t see that going away anytime soon. I think people will still use their facebook logins to sign into other apps and sites for while.

  • Todd Rhoades May 15, 2012 Reply

    Agree, Laura.

    You know, I really like Google+, and have really, really tried to use it.

    But it seems that no one is on it. At least people that I know.

    To be honest, the people I know… most are in ministry, are just tired of the whole social media thing.

    What was once a great thing has lost it’s benefit.

    Rather than “I want to keep up with this person and that person”, it’s turned into more of ‘it’s too much to keep up with. If I want to know what someone’s doing, I’ll look them up.”

    Is that an over-reaction, or are you all hearing the same types of things?

    Are you ‘content-weary’?


  • Dave Anderson May 15, 2012 Reply

    I loved facebook when it was a start up. It was cool. It was adapting. People were adopting. Now that everyone is there and its going public and will have to answer to shareholders it will just be another part of the web that people visit. cnn, email, facebook, twitter, lather, rinse, repeat.

    I finally got so disgusted with facebook I disabled my account. I dont need another email, I rarely play games, and if I saw one more “repost this to your timeline if you love me or love Jesus” I was going to vomit. The problem with facebook is there is little to no original content worth consuming.

    My life is so much simpler with no facebook. Now if I could figure out how to get off twitter.

  • Todd Rhoades May 15, 2012 Reply

    Agree, Dave. Although I haven’t totally given up on Facebook. I do use it to keep in touch with people (mostly local, mostly from church and town). It does provide a good tool for keeping in touch with people throughout the week that I come into contact with on a regular basis.

    Twitter is much harder for me.

    A couple years ago, I had probably 10x less followers than I do now, but when I tweeted something, nearly everyone read it. Now, it goes out like a puff of air (which is fine), but it’s not nearly as effective (at least for me) as it was a couple years back. I have to believe it’s because everyone is doing the same thing as I am… following everyone that follows me, and listening to a yet smaller number of people.

    I think that is why some people are just chucking the whole thing.

    Like I said, I think most people would just like to ‘reset’. They enjoyed what social networking used to bring to them, but now it’s just too much.


  • Peter May 15, 2012 Reply

    I’m a little weary of social media in some ways, but it’s enabled me to keep up with some people, especially family that is all over the country, and fellow church people, in ways that I couldn’t imagine just a few years ago.

    I also believe facebook will fade just like myspace, etc.

    For now, I will stay on for the ride, and jump to whatever actually works when it comes around (and Google + ain’t it for sure).

  • Pat May 16, 2012 Reply

    I primarily use Facebook for family, friends, blogs (posting and reading), group activity, games. I use Google+, but it’s just different. Sometimes I may go a couple of days without even looking at it, but not that way with Facebook. I think for me, right now it offers a lot of what I’m interested in. I’m sure at some point it’ll fade but will remain the main tool for Boomers.

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