Facebook Lost 7 Million Members Last Month. Are You or Will You Be Next? Why/Why Not?

  • atlsexyone

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    Jun 15, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    In recent reports it seems that Facebook lost more than 7 million active users in the United States and Canada last month. Were you one of those? Are you considering signing off Facebook for good? Are we getting Facebook fatigued? Why?/Why Not?
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:17 PM GMT
    Cancelled that like 3 years ago. Lol. People are still on it?

    I thought only my grandma and my 60 year old aunts still used that.
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    No plans to leave.

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    Jun 15, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    I cancelled a long time ago. Facebook is a waste of time and there are all kinds of privacy issues surrounding it.

    I'd rather lick "Reborn68" pecs. It's much more productive and one hell of lot more fun.
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    I cancelled it as well. Especially with the copyright laws it makes it much more difficult to justify using.

    Plus, its a big old waste of time really.
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    This is what I do for a living, so if I could clarify...

    Facebook does not reveal its user numbers except on rare occasions, such as crossing the 150 million users mark. So this report is an extrapolation of data based on third-party tools. It's not official by any means.

    The key phrase is "active users" which means people who are actively using the site. It's not people who are opening and closing their Facebook accounts. And nearly every site on the web (except maybe movie ticket sites?) will tell you that that active use goes down in the summer months. People spend less time online and more time outdoors.

    And furthermore, while Facebook may have settled into routines like the rest of the web here in the U.S., it is still rapidly expanding in the rest of the world and moving into huge markets like Brazil and India.

    Facebook ain't going away. This is not Myspace.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jun 15, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    Alpha1 saidYes; I'm seriously considering deleting my account, permanently. It was grand for social networking in college, but now that I'm out of school, I might spend 15 seconds on Facebook everyday - that is just to check for emails that never arrive. No one talks to me/communicates with me via Facebook anymore. I find updates I get through the History International and Military Channel's 'like' features helpful since I like to watch them so much, but beyond that, I don't really "use" Facebook for anything.



    AGREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I check it and noting is goin and on I'm not even interested in people lives like that lol

    I did try to set up a page to show off my photography work but it's a fail lol better off getting a website

    I think people just add and add and there is no more connection with people like there should be

    Everyone is so caught up their and other people's statuses that you just get lost in the craziness

    I think I might just clean it up and take down a lot of things but I do think it's still a good tool to advertise and get people's thoughts about my work

    Socially, Facebook sucks now lol
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    Privacy issues on facebook can be eliminated if you are a least moderately computer educated. I recently had my dad say "Andrew you disappeared on facebook I can't find your profile anywhere when I search you."

    There are ways to make yourself "unfindable" on facebook unless you are a friend of mine already. There are some great new tools for facebook to keep it private and out of the public life.

    I use it to see what my college friends are up to that have left college and moved on. It's fun to see how many chicks get pregnant so young icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    The reason I cancelled my facebook account years ago was because I wanted to have personal relationships with people in my life and felt like I was having a relationship with my computer and the computer was just telling me about my friends. And I didn't really like this.

    I get that facebook is not going away and people are going to use it like it is their lifeline to the world, but who's going to be running that world when those same people are too scared of confrontation and interpersonal relationships because all they know is interfacing with media devices that don't have opinions or respond back? How many times has someone emailed me or texted me something that they would be too scared to say to my face? People are losing their humanity and we are literally witnessing an entire generation maturing into a norm of socially deficient, scared people. Its sad really.
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    Since I go away to university, Facebook is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with my family at home, and vice versa with my friends during the summer. Its a great way to maintain familiarity with someone elses life when you are physically distant. For now, I love it and check it multiple times a day. In the future, I expect this trend to change as I settle down and establish my relationships in a more local environment.
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    I barely joined a year ago and i'll stay til I feel like leaving. Ain't no idiot gonna persuade me otherwise... icon_lol.gif
  • Neurons

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    Jun 15, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    No way I'm deleting mine. It's a great way to keep in contact with my family in other countries.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jun 15, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    shredcutback saidThe reason I cancelled my facebook account years ago was because I wanted to have personal relationships with people in my life and felt like I was having a relationship with my computer and the computer was just telling me about my friends. And I didn't really like this.

    I get that facebook is not going away and people are going to use it like it is their lifeline to the world, but who's going to be running that world when those same people are too scared of confrontation and interpersonal relationships because all they know is interfacing with media devices that don't have opinions or respond back? How many times has someone emailed me or texted me something that they would be too scared to say to my face? People are losing their humanity and we are literally witnessing an entire generation maturing into a norm of socially deficient, scared people. Its sad really.



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    Jun 15, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    shredcutback saidThe reason I cancelled my facebook account years ago was because I wanted to have personal relationships with people in my life and felt like I was having a relationship with my computer and the computer was just telling me about my friends. And I didn't really like this.

    I get that facebook is not going away and people are going to use it like it is their lifeline to the world, but who's going to be running that world when those same people are too scared of confrontation and interpersonal relationships because all they know is interfacing with media devices that don't have opinions or respond back? How many times has someone emailed me or texted me something that they would be too scared to say to my face? People are losing their humanity and we are literally witnessing an entire generation maturing into a norm of socially deficient, scared people. Its sad really.


    I totally respect how you feel, and I agree that the way some people use Facebook can be detrimental to real interpersonal communication.

    But you do know that Facebook (as well as Twitter) were integral to the recent uprisings in Arab countries? Facebook was also an instrumental part of Obama's campaign. And every day there are examples of Facebook being used to bring attention to injustices... a recent example being Tracy Morgan's anti-gay tirade, which was initially posted on Facebook.

    So yeh, there might be a whole generation of young people who are socially deficient with their faces perpetually buried in their cellphones. But a lot of good comes from it too.
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    I just have a question, how is this site "that different" then Facebook?


    It's based on the sample principle as Facebook, just specified for a select group of people. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    To me facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with my friends who are abroad. Having lived in several countries, I have made friends there, or made friends during my travels. I travel frequently and like meeting other people. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with them. Now everybody has WhatsApp as well so that's great too.

    However I don't understand people who have thousands of online ''friends''. How can you know them all? Others are 'grading' their friends as in deciding on how much privilege they have on your profile, eg some can't see your wall, friends, or pics etc. I only have people I have actually met and stay in touch with. I don't believe in 'grading'. Just don't add the person..
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    last time I checked I still had 300 friends so it seems like so far nobody i know of that has facebook has actually closed their account.

    1 - I wont be the first one closing my account
    2 - It took way too many years to have a decently organized online photo album with a bunch of friends tagged on each picture.
    3 - I need to know when my university friends post any pictures or videos of me from 2 years ago that they just happened to find in their hard drive.
    4 - Sometimes I feel like I should tell my 300 friends that Im feeling sick through my facebook status.
    5 - I need an easy way to know when friend's birthday is
    6 - Stop believing all the crap(taken out of proportions) the media uploads on their shitty nearly dis-functional websites. Facebook isnt going anywhere.
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    endo saidThis is what I do for a living, so if I could clarify...

    Facebook does not reveal its user numbers except on rare occasions, such as crossing the 150 million users mark. So this report is an extrapolation of data based on third-party tools. It's not official by any means.

    The key phrase is "active users" which means people who are actively using the site. It's not people who are opening and closing their Facebook accounts. And nearly every site on the web (except maybe movie ticket sites?) will tell you that that active use goes down in the summer months. People spend less time online and more time outdoors.

    And furthermore, while Facebook may have settled into routines like the rest of the web here in the U.S., it is still rapidly expanding in the rest of the world and moving into huge markets like Brazil and India.

    Facebook ain't going away. This is not Myspace.


    I think the timing was just right for the news trolls, since recently facebook announced a kind of contradictory face recognition feature to be used to make tagging your friends easier. Ive seen a few sites like PC World and Engadget going all "OMG Facebook is invading our privacy again!". Seriously, they dont even realize that google knows way more about your personal life than facebook, from the gift you bought for father's day to the last location you were interested to the kind of porn fetish youre into....please
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    I put on hold my account about 4 days ago and it's way better, haven't missed any of that.
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    I don't think a company about to file a big ass IPO has been losing so many members recently.

    And I don't see anybody quoting a source?

    And, what charlitos above said ^
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    Nope, not deleting my account anytime soon. I love having access to my friends. I will say however that I don't friend people just on a whim. Old school mates that have never reached out to me in 30 yrs do NOT make the cut. I have about 40 people on my account and they are people I remain in contact with. I clean house on occasion and if I don't keep in touch with someone, they get zapped and I don't feel badly at all. It's a network to remain in touch with others, but for me, only the others that I really know and want to communicate with. I love it!
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    charlitos saidlast time I checked I still had 300 friends so it seems like so far nobody i know of that has facebook has actually closed their account.

    1 - I wont be the first one closing my account
    2 - It took way too many years to have a decently organized online photo album with a bunch of friends tagged on each picture.
    3 - I need to know when my university friends post any pictures or videos of me from 2 years ago that they just happened to find in their hard drive.
    4 - Sometimes I feel like I should tell my 300 friends that Im feeling sick through my facebook status.
    5 - I need an easy way to know when friend's birthday is
    6 - Stop believing all the crap(taken out of proportions) the media uploads on their shitty nearly dis-functional websites. Facebook isnt going anywhere.


    wow, you're a lucky man. I don't think I even know 300 people, let alone have that many friends You are so poopular! LOL I think they're just your friends because you're so damn cute! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    I don't believe those reports represent legitimate members. The report is that facebook lost ~4% of US users and ~10% of Canadian users in one month. I don't know any of my friends who cancelled last month... and regardless, those rates would require some kind of massive shift in attitude, which really hasn't been evident just in May.

    I suspect facebook just purged fake profiles in the two countries, but probably doesn't want to admit that so many fake profiles existed. How many times have you been friend requested by someone you don't know who has a generic profile and only a handful of friends? Maybe if I'd accepted those I'd have noticed that i lost some friends recently.
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    pursuits24 saidSince I go away to university, Facebook is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with my family at home, and vice versa with my friends during the summer. Its a great way to maintain familiarity with someone elses life when you are physically distant. For now, I love it and check it multiple times a day. In the future, I expect this trend to change as I settle down and establish my relationships in a more local environment.


    I agree with you, Dustin. Side note - I better see a happy birthday on my wall from you tomorrow icon_razz.gif

    As for the topic at hand - ummm I have 350 something friends and they all use it excessively. I do believe Canadians are some of the biggest users of the site and all of my American friends seem to be on it 24/7.

    I love Facebook not gonna lie.
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    Jun 15, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    no. i use it everyday. It is such a great communication tool. Its like an all-in-one communication hub. We've planned soo many events, get togethers, etc. on facebook.

    Like if I wanted to go out for dinner tonight with a group of people in LA i would go to one of the LA group that we've created and ask if anyone wants to goto dinner. There is usually a handful of people that are up for it.

    it won't be going away anytime soon.