To Facebook or not to Facebook?

by Ed Lau on July 13, 2007

It seems as thought everyone on the planet is on Facebook these days. Some experts are calling it one of the most valuable commodities on the internet right now and honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised it if it’s selling price greatly exceeds that of YouTube. I mean, if you think about it, the marketing information available on Facebook is just massive considering all the personal information people put on that site. At any given time, you could check how many people liked the Transformers movie, what age they are and in which general vicinity they live in. This is demographic information companies pay telemarketers and focus groups big bucks for every day.


I’ve steered clear of Facebook for one very important reason: I spend enough freakin’ time on the internet already and I know people that are on this thing like it’s a disease. I kicked the World of Warcraft habit less than a year ago and I don’t need any other online gateway drugs hooking me in. I do have a Facebook account but it is entirely blank. I made it simply so people would stop bothering me with invites to join Facebook but…that hasn’t really solved the problem. In fact, I think I receive MORE e-mails asking me to confirm people as a friend than I did before.

However, the growth of this site has been important to me and using Facebook as a venue has been brought up several times at Dot Com Pho. Heck, the Root of All Evil recently got on the Facebook bandwagon when Michael brought up how it can increase RSS readership almost overnight. I’m honestly tempted to try it out since that little RSS number is used by so many services to determine how valuable your blog in terms of marketing.

So should I give it a try or not? I think it would be a good idea but…well, if any of you catch me on Facebook for more than half an hour, please please please…punch me in the face.

in Tech and the Net

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Leo July 13, 2007 at 8:22 am

Can I get some practice punches?

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Gdog July 13, 2007 at 8:54 am

Facebook…it’s a great way to reconnect with old friends, but it’s also a huge waste of time. You can start your new career as a Facebook Stalker!

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Promotional Pens July 13, 2007 at 10:24 am

Facebook should be called Crackbook cause its a addiction!!

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Gary Lee July 13, 2007 at 10:27 am

Did you see that report about income levels of facebook users vs. MySpace users? Very interesting!

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Ed Lau July 13, 2007 at 10:35 am

Where is this?

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Saman Sadeghi July 13, 2007 at 10:07 pm

That would be an interesting read!

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Saman Sadeghi July 13, 2007 at 10:08 pm

FIX THE TAB ORDER N00B!!!!

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Ed Lau July 14, 2007 at 2:19 am

Should be fixed now.

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Saman Sadeghi July 17, 2007 at 6:15 am

Nice, I can’t tell you how much of a pain-in-the-ass that was!

fruityoaty July 13, 2007 at 6:05 pm

I’m torn between jumping on the bandwagon… and wanting to keep my privacy. I don’t know… seems iffy. I ask myself… do I really want to extend my online life further?

Sitting on the fence.

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Saman Sadeghi July 13, 2007 at 10:07 pm

I have avoided all of the social network sites but I know I need to so I can increase my readership…

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Leo July 14, 2007 at 1:05 am

*POKE

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Rick Yuen July 14, 2007 at 10:40 am

I have an account on Facebook as well but after a while, I got sick of getting invites from people I don’t care about or haven’t talked to for over ten years. Most of the time, they don’t even realize that they added me to their list. I spend too much time on the ‘net already. That time should be used for fitness or making money.

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Jack July 25, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Facebook is great for university students, because you meet so many people that it is hard to keep track of them all. The social aspect of the site is very prominent and unreplacable, but a lot of student users will not put up with wanton users or random advertisements. Advertising a blog on facebook some how seems like it would take away some of the value facebook currently has for students and others that use it.

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2Perfect July 25, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Yeah it’s great… sometimes you find people you haven’t seen in years.

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2Perfect July 25, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Can we just hit your face with a book? :P

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promotional gifts March 15, 2010 at 8:53 am

So where is there a link to comment on your own recently played tracks? I click on the app and I can see the comments I’ve made in the past when it was still the old Facebook, but I can’t find the link now that Facebook has changed!

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promotional gifts March 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

yes.. when someone comment on your status, you will receive a text. and reply to that text to comment back on your status!:)

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