Is Facebook for Old People Now?

facebook for old peopleThe other day I was scrolling through a private forum and I noticed one of the hot topics was this question, “Is Facebook for Old People Now?” and therefore “Is Facebook considered lame and uncool?”

I should clarify these were not the exact questions in the forum but is the general gist of what a lot of people are discussing right now whether they be internet marketers, social media managers, bloggers, journalists, etc.  Facebook, once the darling of social media and web 2.0 companies, seems to be losing a lot of steam.  Why is this?

I could throw you a bunch of statistics, link to a ton of articles, and give you a lot of different reasons for this.  However, the simple and easy explanation is that Moms and Dads like it and use Facebook a lot nowadays.  That means teenagers obviously don't like Facebook and can't be seen where parents hangout, online or offline.  Therefore even young people that do have accounts, they really are not using Facebook for social networking.

Most of these young people have taken a liking to the 6-second video service, Vine.  (WordPress a few months ago enabled Vine videos to be easily embedded in posts.)  In addition they like Instagram, which is why Facebook spent 1 billion dollars to buy it, a photo sharing app allows you to easily create beautiful images and videos.  SnapChat is another popular photo sharing service as it allows a person to send a photo which only the receiver can view for no more than 10 seconds.  (That's why it has earned a reputation as a porn app.)  Additionally Twitter is also gaining in popularity due to the ease of use of the social network on mobile devices.

Basically that all adds up to limited time for other social network chiefly Facebook.  Young people consider Facebook a pain to use and too time consuming.  Besides you can hear their thoughts before they would sign-on, “Ahh, this is something my parents like.” is what a pimple-faced, braces-laden teenager is saying somewhere right now.

Facebook still has not figured out how to make it easy to manage pages vs profiles and how to quickly sort through the newsfeed.  I also don't really understand how people build audiences without spending money on ads.  I am not going to spend money with a social network I have gained little value from personally and professionally.  That's why I recently deleted my personal profile and that's the issue that Facebook executives are facing.  If young people don't use it, they won't spend money with them in the future.

What do you think?  Is Facebook for Old People now?  Can Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook reverse this trend or is it the natural rise and fall of websites and the internet?

[Image Source – Washington Post]

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  • I don’t know if I agree. My “pimple-faced, braces-laden teen” loves FB. Although, she uses it differently. Mainly she likes the instant messaging part of it and has been known to have 10+ conversations going on at once.

    Also, it might be currently an old person’s place, yet that is where the money is currently. Yes, there could be such a thing as young people moving permanetly away, yet, I don’t think so. I think at some point as you age, you want to be more connected to your family and friends. That is the beauty of FB is that you can use it in a multitude of different ways. Also, FB does a much better job of telling a “life story” than the other apps you mention.

    In the end, who knows what will happen. I also read an article that said websites will go away and be replaced with FB pages. Who really needs a website anymore, when a FB page has the same information??

    • I still think there are plenty of young people with accounts that use Facebook but that number is dwindling everyday. It’s time consuming and not easy to scroll through things quickly, which is the problem. That’s why other social networks are getting more popular.

      Yes, obviously “old people” have the money but marketers know that kids have a huge influence on buying decisions. Do buy stuff your kids don’t like Tim? Probably not.

      I’ve heard people say that about websites and Facebook pages before but I think it is complete BS. If that was the case domain registrations would be going down each year instead of up. Checkout these WordPress stats which show the opposite in my opinion.

      Facebook needs to do something akin to what TweetDeck did for Twitter. Make it a lot more manageable.