The changing face of Facebook
It used to take new technology decades to catch on and proliferate through society.
After the television was invented, it took a while to find its way into people’s homes. In time, the glowing boxes were found in nearly every room of every home.
Internet time seems to be much shorter. In the modern wired world, the cream rises to the top rather quickly.
There is a battle bubbling under in technology. It’s a race to be the unofficial headquarters of the Internet.
The top three most visited sites are Google, Yahoo and Facebook, according to Quantcast and Alexa. The three sites are visited by millions of people monthly.
Competition is fierce among the sites as they load up on applications and add new resources. The goal is to be a virtual one-stop shop on the Internet.
But can one site be everything to everyone?
Sites stand out by doing one thing or a few things exceptionally well, whether it be a powerful search engine, quality e-mail service or just by being a good time waster.
Facebook is unique among the cyber landscape in that it’s all about people.
The powerful networking tool has been able to do what other similar sites have fallen short of accomplishing.
Social networking is not new to the Internet. Its first incarnations came through chat rooms and sites like Geocities and Tripod. These gave way to the likes of Friendster and Myspace.
Facebook, which launched as a virtual yearbook limited to just colleges, has evolved into a unique mixture of services.
Like its online cousin Twitter, Facebook breaks down information and aggregates it into an easily digestible format.
The beauty of it all: Users have control over what and how much information gets made public. They also can set their own limits on the information they receive.
Every item in the news feed is from a friend, family member or a person or organization that has been added.
Such innovation represents the future of communication.
As modern society ventures through this new world of technology, it will only get better. Bugs will be worked out, and the means of communication will become smoother.
It’s truly an exciting time to be an online citizen.
Through Facebook and Twitter, this newspaper has been able to connect in a new way with readers.
Hundreds have become “fans” through Facebook and “followed” the publication through Twitter.
These tools have proven to be invaluable as we have been able to alert the public about breaking news as soon as we learn about it.
During a potentially dangerous manhunt last month in Gonzales, our staff was able to provide important information and photos in mere minutes.
Facebook and Twitter played a key role in getting urgent messages out to the community.
A powerful tool such as this is much more than just a passing fad.