Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was blowing the trumpet this morning that the social networking web site he founded has amassed 500 million users.
Well, that’s quite a milestone.
As Facebook has grown, we guess rivals like Google’s Orkut and Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace are becoming less relevant given that users want to gather at the social networking site that has the maximum number of their friends and family members.
By the way, that 500m number includes us as well although we don’t spend much time on it.
The main reason we’re not that much into Facebook or its rivals is that we’re in the evening of our lives and not craving new friends or looking to connect with old ones.
We guess Facebook (and others of its ilk) are wildly popular with the younger (<30-years) crowd who see it mostly as a forum for harmless clowning, banter, flirting, online sharing of photos et al.
And to think we grew up in a world where being connected (socially or otherwise) meant no more than a distance of 1 or 2 km and the telephone was something only a privileged few had.
Times have changed. And how!