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Will social media die as private networks become more popular?

Will social media die as private networks become more popular?

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  • Data collected by the Pew Research Centre has showed that social media user growth is plateauing among most age groups.

    Twitter’s active users actually declined in the US in 2017 whilst teenagers are either leaving Facebook in droves or are becoming ‘Facebook-nevers’ having never signed up to the platform.

  • In South Korea, closed-open communities have repeatedly appeared and disappeared. If Cyworld was a closed community, Facebook is more like an open community. These days, half-open cafe platforms are reactivating. Wouldn't another transformative community take its place rather than the disappearance of social media?

  • Y’up. 👉🏾 “Social media...has allowed people to attack, torment & manipulate other humans in a manner which would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.”

  • The short answer is yes! Not only are people more averse to the hyper insanity of the few on social media that permeate their experience, but people will reject the idea of every aspect of their lives being tracked and saved in an Orwellian database....to then be used against you.

  • I do think there will come a time when Facebook seems an antiquated space that, like MySpace, remains in existence, but only buried deep in the background of the internet. With blockchain and other future modalities for communicating and navigating this reality through technology come online (pun intended)

    I do think there will come a time when Facebook seems an antiquated space that, like MySpace, remains in existence, but only buried deep in the background of the internet. With blockchain and other future modalities for communicating and navigating this reality through technology come online (pun intended), I’m not sure Facebook has a chance. That and it has become the breeding ground for false realities to be perpetuated in local, regional, and national politics and narratives. This can’t and must not be sustained for much longer. The near future is going to be mighty interesting with all of this! And I didn’t even get into the environmental breakdown that is going to rattle the very core of our civilization.

  • Small networks are a threat to politics. Twitter’s new goal is breaking up small groups. This speaks volumes.

  • Thought provoking article. I hope social media trends towards private networks, but I'm not holding my breath.

  • Don't think so there is too much money involved and the shouting crowd is having too much fun.

  • Options, balance, sounds like free-market capitalism.

  • Facebook is going to evolve, respond and adapt. Whether it will continue it's past rampant growth? Unlikely. Will outliers go to niches and other solutions, quite likely unless Facebook finds a way to drive community among birds of a feather. Whether they will be able to continue to deliver earnings

    Facebook is going to evolve, respond and adapt. Whether it will continue it's past rampant growth? Unlikely. Will outliers go to niches and other solutions, quite likely unless Facebook finds a way to drive community among birds of a feather. Whether they will be able to continue to deliver earnings remains to be seen, but barriers to success are definitely coming up.

  • My guess is that there is a Black Swan event that will happen. Just like we could not imagine something like Facebook when I was in high school, or ubiquitous cell phones for that matter, something unforeseen will probably come along and social media will not exist in its current form. I like the what

    My guess is that there is a Black Swan event that will happen. Just like we could not imagine something like Facebook when I was in high school, or ubiquitous cell phones for that matter, something unforeseen will probably come along and social media will not exist in its current form. I like the what the commenter said about MySpace. Facebook will probably continue in some form but will not be dominant. When CNN went on air it quickly dominated cable. Now, it has competitors. People can choose the type of media they want to use in their lives. More private networks with greater security might be the answer people are looking for. At least some.

  • I think that more options will arise for private networks and perhaps grow in popularity, but I don't think the Pandora's box of social media is going to be closed anytime soon.

  • A trend which we do see around us with the need to be more closer to whom we know rather than broadcasting everyday. How quickly and how much will it evolve is yet to be seen

  • Social media provides the space for a public discourse on issues of mutual concern. By design, there would always be differing views in that most digitally generated democratic space. What else can describe the ‘mass media’. Social media is there to stay and private networks are not likely to become

    Social media provides the space for a public discourse on issues of mutual concern. By design, there would always be differing views in that most digitally generated democratic space. What else can describe the ‘mass media’. Social media is there to stay and private networks are not likely to become much different than the social media. Some administrative measures by the admin will always improve the situation related to unwanted abuses in the digitally generated spaces for healthy discussions.

  • In my point of view, the most interesting thing said in this article was Mark Zuckerberg's observations: Facebook is like the town square and people are now looking for way to bring friends into their living room, making thus private networks not competitive to big social media platform but more like

    In my point of view, the most interesting thing said in this article was Mark Zuckerberg's observations: Facebook is like the town square and people are now looking for way to bring friends into their living room, making thus private networks not competitive to big social media platform but more like a complementary element to the way we wish to communicate.

  • Short answer: because companies need private data from social media to make functional the later private venture.

  • Am I wrong for saying that I hope so?

  • I sure hope so - at least in their current form. It’s way past time.

  • That’s comparing apples to oranges. One is a network of friends, and the other is a sharing of news, interests, opinions with others. I’m thinking of twitter rather than facebook, which I use very little and don’t trust at all. We can have both types platforms. Why pit one against the other.

  • I wonder if we won’t run into the same human-nature pitfalls on these private networks. I already see a trend on Nextdoor of people posting attention-grabbing posts and making up events that happen in our neighborhood = noise. Verification would help, but probably wouldn’t be a panacea. The doubt this

    I wonder if we won’t run into the same human-nature pitfalls on these private networks. I already see a trend on Nextdoor of people posting attention-grabbing posts and making up events that happen in our neighborhood = noise. Verification would help, but probably wouldn’t be a panacea. The doubt this casts on basic human goodness persists.

  • Facebook has become a feeding ground for intrusive ad campaigns. Scams and cons have become more widespread over the last year or so even after repeated reporting. This displays contempt of the customer and the company's revenue seeking behavior.

  • Niche social netwotk. From one extreme of the spectrum to the other

  • Yes some forms of social media will die due to the rise of vpns and I for one welcome it. As someone said above Twitter and Facebook are increasingly becoming cesspools of scam artists, creeps, and abuse. Every day or nearly every day someone gets kicked off Twitter or Facebook because someone on the

    Yes some forms of social media will die due to the rise of vpns and I for one welcome it. As someone said above Twitter and Facebook are increasingly becoming cesspools of scam artists, creeps, and abuse. Every day or nearly every day someone gets kicked off Twitter or Facebook because someone on the social and political left got their feelings hurt or someone is threatening to dox someone for participating in something they don't agree with and the creeps asking about your marital status alone then getting upset because you're not in to them. Not to mention the fact that they also allow terrorists a voice but silence those that speak against them so yes I hope so.