To be sure, Facebook have done some serious ‘shoot own foot’ manoeuvrings these last few years when it comes to facebook user privacy. I totally agree that there are any number of serious commentators out there (Jeff Jarvis is one of the latest commentators wishing facebook were smarter and had less hubris); I am currently reading an academic paper [pdf] from 2008 written by danah boyd that talks about facebook’s privacy/newsfeed issues from 2006.
But two of the reasons I don’t think that users are going to run screaming from facebook in a hurry are:
- there’s no competition out there
- the games – mafia wars, farmville, cafe world, et al – are so sticky that a competitive site to facebook would have to offer the porting across of accumulated treasure, points, profiles, etc., for it to make sense for a gamer to move
Now it seems that the stats are bearing me out. Although this is nearly a fortnight old (sorry, I’ve been a bit slow on this one), Neilsen Online are tracking Facebook and Twitter growth at 69% and 45% respectively in the massive US market.
Over to you, Oli