More than just a social network?

Raise your hand if you don’t like facebook?

Liar. Chances are you found this link on facebook (well, if you’re one of my “facebook friends”, that is)

I was at the movies tonight, as I am sometimes known to do and on came the trailer to The Social Network. I remember when I first heard they were making a facebook movie. “…really?” And I tried to visualise people acting to a script, overusing the word “poke” and talking about their “friends” writing on their “walls”. But thats not what the movie is about.

The story is more about the road to facebook. Zuckerbergs creation of it, and everything following that. I’m yet to see it, as it has not come out here yet. I don’t know what other people think of it as a movie, but personally I am quite interested to see what is made of it. The trailers have done a good job thus far.

Its interesting to note how social media has infiltrated our lives, society and culture. It is hard to imagine the world without it and so many companies, businesses and marketing strategies are incorporating it. To look at how it has shaped the consumption of traditional print news media, the processes and collection of news, and relationships between people.

Yet there is one thing that springs to mind when I think of this movie:
How much of a central point is facebook in our lives, that it deems to be made into a feature film?


Raspberries, Gooseberries, Blackberries.

I dont know where the hype sprung up from, because I remember Blackberries coming out years ago but they were just too expensive. Out of the blue they have become so affordable that almost every second person that you come across has one. I’ve heard people saying that things things just change your life…

And these are the people that you see, fingers moving at 100kmps BBMing (BBM = Black Berry Messenger, and its even used as a verb!) the person next to them in a lecture, or walking across campus asking where their friends are. For sure it is useful when it comes to chatting to friends overseas at any time you like…was all the instant chat apps available not enough? Facebook chat, MSN, Mxit, Fring, Mig33 and many other programs which bring instant chat to your cellphone.

Its like the Blackberry has become the Superman of cellphones. Its kind of like something in the middle of an iPhone, a cellphone and a Palmtop. Constant internet access is cool, constantly being able to chat to your friends is cool… but how healthy is it really? If I had to be notified everytime I got an email or a facebook msg just like I get sms’ I feel like I would be living more on my phone (in this case blackberry) than in real life. Not that Facebook doesnt have the options to receive notifications via sms. Personally, its bad enough that I spend so much time on facebook via my phone and my laptop.

Its quite irritating seeing people walking looking down at their fingers squirming over the small device. I have seen people on facebook count down the days until they join “The Blackberry community”. Its irritating having so many friends on facebook that when you sign into chat only 3 of the 30 people online you are willing to speak to. I feel its the same with a Blackberry people will just add people that they know even if they dont really speak. Its just another method of keeping friendships virtual, gone are the days of calling someone or even smsing or facebooking – now we all BBM.

A friend of mine is desperate for a Blackberry and has a theory that everyone that has a Blackberry will very shortly forget about all those that don’t. Personally I dont even think they look nice, I’m quite happy with my phone in that regard. Sometimes I dont mind being “old school”, I still prefer emails to facebook msgs so I’m kinda happy having a normal callphone than joining the “blackberry community”. Besides, I don’t upgrade til January, so until then I dont have to worry about the pressure induced by society 😛