A Facebook Kerfuffle!

You may have heard about Facebook’s impending demise! If not, then you should know that a study by some Princeton graduate students suggests that social networking sites rise and decline like communicable diseases do, and this raised quite a fuss. It suggests that Facebook is likely to lose 80% of its users in the next three years. 800 million people is a lot, and so this got a lot of coverage, at first pretty credulous, and then pretty critical. The articles all raise interesting points about the merits of Facebook and this study, the nature of virality, and the future of social media. There are many worth checking out, among them:

The original (not yet peer reviewed) academic article

Facebook is about to lose 80% of its users, study says

The MySpace Fallacy

Debunking Princeton

 

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