FACEBOOK: Social Site Or Hate Site? That Is The Question!
What’s Your Purpose On Facebook?
Everyone knows that Facebook was created as an effort to connect relationships of family, friends, classmates, etc. In other words, being SOCIAL. But what’s the real meaning why such a large amount of people target Facebook? Is it for networking, for business, for dating or because one has such a narcissistic passion about themselves, that they have no other choice?
Let’s discuss the history of Facebook. How did it start and why?
I’m sure most of you have seen the “Social Network” and got a pretty good insight on how Facebook began but do you really know what it’s main purpose was? Here’s Wikipedia’s insight on how it got started.
Facebook is a social network service and website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. As of January 2011, Facebook has more than 600 million active users. Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better. Facebook allows anyone who declares themselves to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website.
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The website’s membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over.
A January 2009 Compete.com study ranked Facebook as the most used social network service by worldwide monthly active users, followed by MySpace. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade “best-of” list, saying, “How on earth did we stalk our exes, remember our co-workers’ birthdays, bug our friends, and play a rousing game of Scrabulous before Facebook?” Quantcast estimates Facebook has 135.1 million monthly unique U.S. visitors in October 2010. According to Social Media Today as of April 2010, it is estimated that 41.6% of the U.S. population has a Facebook account.
So back to my question of what’s your purpose on Facebook…
I personally use Facebook for some of the purposes outlined above. Yet, my main purpose is for networking, marketing and promotion for Artist that I manage and for the Record Label www.dubbspotrecords.com that I run. I’ve met a lot of interesting people involved in online radio personalities, local shows and events, music production, online magazines, photographers, songwriters, etc. The list goes on. Needless to say, I value being given the opportunity to connect with such influential people in these described professions. I’ve also been blessed to meet tons of talented Artist and try to support them as much as I can. Whether that being the infamous Facebook “like” button, going to their shows, giving them advice if asked for, taking the time to look and comment on their promotional material or even stopping by just letting them know that I see and appreciate their hustle and to keep up the good work. But that’s just me!
But slowly but surely I’m beginning to believe that some people are on Facebook using it for what it can definitely be worth but also for use to dip in on people’s lives and have something to gossip about. Their are so many valuable uses with Facebook, that the list is forever flowing. Others use Facebook out of envy to keep up on what the next man is doing and to show negativity by imposing HATE! That part I cannot understand. If a person is willing enough to expose their information to millions of Facebookers about what they have going on, it’s just not fair to HATE and doubt what that individual is sharing. Everyone in life is known to bend the truth a little bit, in some kind of way but we also know that you may be getting a nice dose of truthfulness along with that. So why doubt or hate on an individual if you don’t absolutely know whether or not what they are saying is true? Give that person the benefit of the doubt, such as they’d probably do for you.
I wear many hats and some may seem to think that a lot of it is slightly fabricated. It’s not all the time you come across and individual that is able to multitask in so many several areas. My experience is vast and my abilities are even more vast. To name a few I’m an Architectural Designer/Contractor by trade (www.vccserv.com), I’m an Artist Manager, I’m an Artist Developer, I’m a Beatmaker, I’m a Music Producer, I’m a Record Label, I’m a Music Publisher, I’m a Videographer, I’m a Documentary Filmmaker, I’m a Dad, I’m a Father. I can keep going, but that gives you an idea of several task I have and can accomplish in life.
So what’s the purpose of this article?
The purpose of this article is to let everyone know that uses Facebook, to not be so quick in hating what the next man is doing or doubting what the next man’s abilities are. Especially if they have a willingness to share that information with you. Use facebook for what it is worth. Which is being Social, Networking, Keeping up with old friends and family, Using it as your business tool and Experiencing influential people that are doing positive things for the community. The next time you get an invite to peep out someone’s interview on a website or to check out their music on Reverbnation or whatever, have the common decency to give that individual a certain level of RESPECT. It never cost anyone any amount of money to be RESPECTFUL to the next guy. If you are using Facebook to keep up with trends and tips of the trade for marketing and promoting yourself, be courteous and let that individual know that you’ve been following their posts and information to structure the way you been marketing and promoting yourself online. I’ll guarantee you that that individual will be very appreciative of that and may become one of your biggest fans. Don’t doubt what the next man is doing just because they are doing it a little better than you. Learn from that person and structure yourself to be able to do the same, if not better. Remember Facebook started out as a SOCIAL site, so swallow your pride and be social with these people that you are given the opportunity to meet. And definitely learn to be more INTERACTIVE with these individuals. I can assure you it will become reciprocal.
I’m B. M. DuBB – The One To Love, and that’s all I have to say about the people that use Facebook. Take it or leave it, but I know you feel me! Stop the Hate and learn to Appreciate! I’m out! Peace.