My chosen reading is, Is Facebook a Fad?, written by Farhad Manjoo via Reading Pop Culture. Manjoo is stating that Facebook isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He speaks on the advancement of technology and where he believes it's headed. He makes his statements and assumptions off of what has happened in the past with technology and what is happening currently in this day and age. Although many believe Facebook is just a fad that will one day soon blow over, he argues why he believes they're wrong.
Besides the initial argument of whether Facebook is a fad or not, Manjoo is also responding to other arguments as well; complaints that social networking isn't an important tech trend as well as social networking detracting from real life relationships. The writer is agreeing that Facebook is here to stay and that it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He uses many examples to back up his argument, one being that many people connect their activity on a host of sites such as Amazon, Yelp, and Twitter thus making it easier on themselves because maintaining separate networks on different sites would be "too much work". Farhad Manjoo writes technology columns for Slate, so his knowledge of technology for his work may be cause for his motivation. We can also state the fact that Facebook has "600 million active users" (more than any previous social network has ever gotten) as motivation for his belief as well. His belief being that Facebook won't die out, at least not anytime soon; it will only get stronger as a website, and as a social networking system.
An applicable idea that I have encountered in the past would be Sconex.com; this was a website for high school students. Just as Facebook started out as a website for college students, Sconex catered to high school students; every high school in NY, NJ, and CT was on there. I wouldn't doubt if it had schools outside the Tri-state as well but whenever I ask someone who went to high school outside the Tri-state they tell me that they never heard of the website. Mostly New Yorkers were on there I would assume given when brought up in discussion groups mostly New Yorkers would recall the site. However, Sconex was a social network that I thought would never go away, only get bigger and bigger. Myspace came along shortly after, and we all migrated. Then Facebook! Myspace died. Manjoo said that this is what a popular argument is with Facebook as well, that something new will come along and Facebook will no longer have so many active users and will surely fade away as everyone will be occupying the new sensation of social networking. All these other websites that have came and gone are pertinent to the discussion of whether Facebook will stay or go, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Or we can graduate with a degree in Computer Sciences and do something about it. For one of us could create the next big social networking website and take Facebook off the map. Hey, anythings possible. =]