i've been in love with facebook, madly so, for a while now. and you should be, too. if you were thinking about joining but hesitant because you think you are an old fogie and facebook is a spot for the cool young high school and college kids, abandon that notion and join up (though you are still an old fogie). it may still have the high school and college association, but facebook is really just the best social networking site out there, and will be for some time, and you should get in on the fun.
why it's teh best:
-its newsfeed. it's impossible to think that something that caused so much uproar when it was introduced is now probably its most popular feature. the newsfeed allows you, every time you log in, to see what updates your friends have made to their profiles, and what actions they have taken with others (written on others' walls, tagged folks in photos, etc). it's stalkerrific, the first most important part of a social networking site. this is where myspace totally bites. i have no idea if and when a friend updates their page.
-it's seems to be starting to reach a critical mass for our age group. i've noticed dozens more friends signing up in the past couple of weeks. i'm not sure what's causing this, but i'll take it.
-its invitation capabilities. facebook has the means to kick evite's ass, and i hope it will. it's super easy to create events and invite people, or a whole group, or whoever. then you can post photos to the invite, have discussion boards, etc etc.
-it's so easy. so clean. i don't care if you can personalize your myspace page and add terrible rap songs that play every time you load it, it is a wallpaper, widget-ridden hell, and it makes my eyes bleed. facebook is about the cleanest and most user-friendly and intuitive site i've come across.
-the facebook status function is fun. it is like a much less annoying twitter. actually, twitter is like a glorified facebook status - like facebook status' older brother, only significantly uglier and dumber.
-its marketing capabilities are hott. the potential for targeting is unlimited. they've got a lot of information about us, and we're the most desirable consumer group there is. right now i believe their ads just rotate through the pages on a random basis, but if they ever decide to narrow that down, they're going to make a crapload of money. plus, i actually like and find somewhat useful and nonintrusive the ads that pop up in the newsfeed.
-the awesome facebook-wide basketball bracket is just one way that they can take millions of their users and bring them together in one big social orgy of fun. any other betting pool could be up there. come the presidential election, i don't doubt they'll be doing some sort of game/bracket based on that.
-i think with some time faceball could easily take what dodgeball has tried to do and i guess still is currently doing and run with it. they've got a good mobile interface and use (even for non browser enabled phone users like me, it's very easy to add friends and msg them and do more with my regular old cell). plus they've already got the user base to actually make it useful (i have about 2 friends on dodgeball and to hell with putting in the effort of signing up another social networking site).
heh. i just said faceball. i meant facebook.
contrary to what this post may read like, i am not drunk. just high on facebook love.
frankly, the only other site i've felt this way about in a long time is flickr, if that tells you anything.
UPDATE: this blog post refers to facebook as becoming more like twitter, which isn't really true...it just seems likely that facebook will put more of an emphasis on the location of the status updates. but also it offers like TWO MILLION THINGS beyond the stupid twitter functionality. the twitter idea isn't something i mind in the context of a service that actually offers me other things.