Five ways for Facebook to lose its Social network standing

Facebook has certainly taken the social media network world by storm, and reaching 500 million users is proof that they are doing something right. Users of the service now include Facebook in the same sentence as Microsoft and Google – although they have a way to go when it comes to the amount of money it generates.

This latest milestone shows that Facebook is not a quick trend and that it is here to stay, but Mark Zuckerberg should not take this for granted. The social networking service has had its share of knocks over the past couple of months, but Zuckerberg has managed to come out unscathed. However, this will not always be the case, which Ryan Singel from Wired has been looking into.

He suggests five ways how Facebook could lose its social network standing.

The first would be for a bunch of kids to get drunk one night and then coming up with an open-source alternative to Facebook. He goes on to say that they could get over one hundred thousand dollars in funds and then code like made. OK, this seems a bit out there.

There have been a number of rumors regarding Google Me –this could be the search engine giant’s answer to a fully-fledged social network service. There have been suggestions that Google is no good at social network system, but a recent article on PaidContent suggests that Google is not even trying. If they wanted to they could overtake Facebook in a heartbeat.

A third suggestion for Facebook to lose its standing is for Location-based services and the increased integration of smartphones. Handsets such as the iPhone and those running on Android are perfect for just this task thanks to their built-in GPS systems. You only have to look at Foursquare to see how popular this kind of system is.

One suggestion that seems like it is from the dark ages is going back in time and relying heavily on the U.S. Postal Service. The thought of people just giving up the Internet such as Email and social networking is unthinkable, but is still something that could happen. Maybe this will happen in December 2012 when the Mayan calendar comes to and end.

The final thing to end Facebook’s success could be that Mark Zuckerberg could get too confidant that his flock will abandon him, leaving him to play Farmville all on his own.

These are all hyperfetical but is something that could happen over the next few years – well a couple of them anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ivolution Ivo Beitsma

    This is a horrible article.