Facebook on decline

The BBC reports on how the number of Facebook users in the UK declined by 5% in January.

Social networking site Facebook has seen its first drop in UK users in January, new industry data indicates.

Users fell 5% to 8.5 million in January from 8.9 million in December, according to data from Nielsen Online.

To be honest this doesn’t surprise me, my use of Facebook has declined. I use Facebookin order to engage with other e-learning colleagues and friends. There are various groups to which I belong and like to discuss work related issues with people I have met at conferences, events or have known for some time.

However the explosion of zombies, vampires, pointless quizzes, doughnuts, etc… has really put me off the whole Facebook experience. I guess some people find that aspect fun and enjoy and fair play to them, but in terms of social networking and engaging with others it I don’t want that. I have fun elsewhere.

Having said that 8.5 million users is a huge user base. So I won’t delete my account (partly because that can be difficult if nigh on impossible) and will pop in now and again.

Facebook on decline

For the moment I will stick to Jaiku and Twitter.

One thought on “Facebook on decline”

  1. I agree that Facebook appears to be in decline, and I like you am not as interested in the trivial stuff as other people seem to be – but for me it has served a purpose in that I have re-connected with people that I haven’t seen for years (a lot of school friends mainly).

    Although I have been pre-empting at training events where I have shown Jaiku, that it will get bigger, I cannot see it getting as big as Facebook.

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