Boarding the Facebook Train

I created a Facebook profile awhile ago, mainly because I already had done so for LinkedIn and MySpace (links to those are in my sidebars).

Recently, it seems, Facebook is becoming more and more popular.  There are those that say it will replace the other two.  But I’m not so sure.  Facebook IS popular, but most of my contacts are late teens / early twenties, or people that have been using social networking apps for awhile.  My LinkedIn contacts tend to be older, and mainly business oriented.  MySpace is all over the map as far as age, but most of my contacts there are bands, actors, etc.

So as far as business, LinkedIn is still the most useful for me.  facebook may grow as time goes on, but we’ll see.

The biggest problem I’ve noted is this:  the people you really want to get ahold of, that is, buyers and users, often either don’t have any type of profile, or rarely use the one they’ve got.  I think it’s mainly due to age – they tend to be late thirties and up and so don’t use it (not that all people in that age range don’t, just most).  The real users are early thirties and below – so as they progress upwards, that’s when it will really take off.

I’ll write more about using them and how my online wrold is getting more intertwined, but these are my initial thoughts.  What do you think?



2 thoughts on “Boarding the Facebook Train

  1. I have had a MySpace profile for about 3 or 4 years, LinkedIn for about 2, and I just opened a Facebook profile. Facebook is actually making Google very nervous because of its amazing features, like sharing movie, book, and other reviews. I have come to prefer Facebook for its cleaner interface (too much god-awful Myspace pages), its limiting networks (unlikely random schmoes will request you as a friend, as is common on Myspace and soon your page takes on more “friends” than you can handle), and the ability to customize your page with apps.

    As far as age is concerned, most social media users are definitely mid-20s or below. I work in New Media and Communications, and have always been fascinated by how relationships develop and interconnect online. But I would agree that there is an age defined group of users OR occupationally defined group of users. Older people who have not used social media may not find it necessary if most of their customers and contacts are offline.

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