The Next Generation Not Liking Facebook

Poor Facebook. It lost a big advertiser, faceplanted its hyped IPO, got sued by a bunch of irate investors, and now it's being "defriended" by the next generation:

Facebook itself is no longer an adolescent. At 8, it's getting long in the tooth for a social network. And for some teens, the novelty has worn off.

"Facebook is just not the big fad anymore," said Kim Franklin, a 15-year-old from Gaithersburg, Md., who does not have a Facebook account and prefers social media site Tumblr. "It was like everybody was constantly on there, but now not so much."

Franklin said her 13-year-old sister Nicole hasn't signed up for a Facebook account either.

Meanwhile, Laura Franklin, the girls' 37-year-old mother, always has Facebook open on her computer while working on her parenting blog, Better in Bulk. That, she said, has led her teen daughters to dub Facebook a "mom thing."

Jessica Guynn and Ryan Faughnder of the LA Times has the story: Link 

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I only liked it in 2005 when I started college and in 2006 when you still HAD TO HAVE A COLLEGE EMAIL TO SIGN UP...I stopped using it when they let people sign up with no network
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Signed my son up when he was younger as long as I had full access and he'd 'friend' me to monitor his usage.
And so I became a FaceBook user.

Years later 'Join this game' and 'Hey, I took my dog for a walk!' or some political rant seem abound on my page. I'm down to checking it once a quarter for no apparent reason.

Off to shoo kids off my lawn and yell at a cloud!
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it's a well thought out site with lots of good uses for regular people.

it's not a lambo but it will get you to the post office.

tumblr, twitter, and other sites are more ego driven in their social networking capacity.

(also buzzbo has made a good point with his non-anecdotal evidence)
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