This year is Facebook , the bare Horror. The company behind the world's largest Social Media platform is drowning since March in bad news – the misery is largely self-inflicted. It ranges from the revelations to Cambridge Analytica about the conduct of Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg to the latest allegations about Facebook's business practices. And so the question: Is now finally the time to delete Facebook inevitably arises? The short answer can be formulated in three ways: It's complicated – Yes, but ... The Problem will take care of themselves.
The nuanced answer is that It is not complicated, because a Delete own Facebook account does not mean that you will flush more money into the coffers of Facebook. What is often forgotten: Both Instagram as well as Whatsapp also belong to the group. About advertising on Instagram and Whatsapp Status Mark Zuckerberg's company is still up to you, you should use one of these services.
For Whatsapp are there Alternatives
those Who want to return to Facebook so consistently in the back, here is a selection of Alternatives to Whatsapp. It is more difficult in the case of Instagram. None of the Alternatives has the same Flair as the most popular of all photo sharing platforms. While sharing on Instagram in addition to high-gloss photographs as well as simple snapshots, are communities like 500px or Smugmug rather something for the ambitious hobby photographer. The photo-dinosaur Flickr is, unfortunately, still not sexy, and is best used as a personal Online photo database. And in the spring of even heavily hyped Social-Media-App Vero is clinically dead – the last Post of a colleague there, dates back to April.
Facebook Inc. by the way, also Oculus VR, company Rift behind the Virtual Reality glasses Oculus – this line of business can be neglected, but probably due to the relatively low level of dissemination of applications with virtual reality at the moment.
No Facebook-Killer in sight
another Problem is – and here we come to the "Yes, but ..."-part of the short – answer is that so far, no Facebook-Killer is in sight, so any platform that has the potential Facebook checkmating. It is possible, Facebook even shown: Before 2007, the width of the mass in the network has used Myspace as a digital meeting place. Then Facebook overtook Myspace came casual. It still exists, but a shadow existence.
Since Facebook's rise to Social Media super power, some are taken to offer sugar mountain College-invention, the end. All failed: Google with Google Plus and Orkut continue to Diaspora, Tsu or Ello. Your Problem: Facebook is the top dog. Why should the user to set up multiple networks, if all her Friends and colleagues are already in Facebook? (Similar, by the way, in the case of short message services, where Whatsapp is the clear market leader.) As long as it is not clear where you can go to Facebook, there will be no mass Exodus to adhere there.
But will do, maybe the Problem by itself. Then, when more and more people from Facebook to say goodbye. Not because they have moral or safety concerns, but simply because it is boring. An anecdote from the personal environment of the author: There are a number of colleagues, all of whom are in the Tech industry for a long time on various Social Media platforms. Many of them have laid their accounts to a standstill, disabled, or deleted, not only on Facebook but also on Instagram, or Twitter. Other you do not use simply.
The negative spiral starts to spin
Figures show the Trend: In Switzerland, the number of active users has stagnated since 2016, the average age is rising. This means that the youth is oriented otherwise. So could the opposite effect of the occurrence, could be observed in the very beginning of Facebook. Then, in 2007, it was on the platform, sometimes quite lonely, as yet, little friends, and Acquaintances also wrong. Only time a Pull-effect: The more people Facebook used, the more active it was.
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Now to turn a negative spiral: The less people are active, the less you post. That, too, is up to the author to demonstrate: 200 Posts in the year of 2017 are just 90 this year – and the trend is significantly decreasing: Only 23 of the 90 Postal account for the second half of the year. A consequence of the fact that your friends put in front of less post, and Facebook to me is an unbalanced mix of advertising, group Posts and event notices.
"2019 will be the year of the group Chats"
recorded much more activity, however, my Whatsapp more is written not only to second but also in groups. Other experts see this Trend to retreat into Semi-Private. Casey Newton, the Editor of a Tech magazine "The Verge", said recently in a Podcast "Yesterday, Explained": "in 2019, the year of the group Chats." The decline of Facebook has perhaps begun already. In addition to boredom, the uncertainty certainly plays a role, whether you can trust the company. Now the network will not go overnight, Newton expects a process that takes several years, maybe even over a decade.
Whether you delete Facebook or not is of course up to you. If you have moral concerns about the business practices of the company, the answer is probably Yes. Likewise, if you are worried about your privacy and the protection of privacy. If you hesitate because you don't want to remove from Whatsapp, or because it's just so convenient to have friends and family gathered in one place – no Problem, stick with it.
you should not Forget one thing: Facebook it's not primarily about people from altruistic reasons, to bring together, or "time well spent" or "meaningful interactions", as you emphasize it. Facebook is first and foremost a business to make a profit. In the process, they are rarely the customer, and often the Mediterranean. (Tages-Anzeiger.ch/Newsnet)
Created: 08.12.2018, 14:07 PM