Thoughts on Facebook

Facebook, like it or not, is a really popular website. I use Facebook and have been a fan of Facebook over  MySpace for years. Only because I’m a designer and when 20 year olds still think it’s cool to load a page with an ugly background, musical MIDI files AND videos that start simultaneously, something’s gotta give.

A conversation arose in one my classes at IUPUI once regarding the users of Facebook and MySpace. Before Facebook went open and was limited to college students with a .edu email address, Facebook became populated by, well, college students.

College students, by and large, tend to be whiter and more affluent than the non-college counterparts. MySpace was the place to go for the minorities and lower income folks as a result. I tend to get nasty stares when I mention this to anyone else, but I think it’s probably true.

Today, however, Facebook is open to all kinds of folks except county bumpkins who haven’t discovered Cable.

I’ve always wodnered why Facebook was so darn popular anyway and I think I know why. Browsing through my Facebook friends this weekend I really learned a lot. Turns out, here’s what I know about my beloved class of 2005, courtesy of Facebook:

  • I know every party every classmate has attended since May 2005.
  • I’ve seen every nipple of every male in my class regardless of their body type.
  • I know which classmates prefer Keystone Light vs. Bud Light.
  • I’ve seen every bellybutton of every cheerleader.
  • Thanks to camera phones, I can slowly watch everyone get fat.
  • Thanks to status updates, I know when most of my former classmates spent too much time drinking the night before.

I’ve detemined that Facebook owes its success to the cheap naughty pics and these important and fatty nugets of information.

As cell phone cameras continue to improve, I except the popularity of Facebook to grow.

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Justin has been around the Internet long enough to remember when people started saying “content is king”.

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You’ll probably see him around Indianapolis on a bicycle.

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