Is facebook slowly dying?

The first time I heard this question, I was scared. Yes, scared. Terrified of losing all the photo albums it took years to create them using Facebook. I panicked and wanted to save them in a place that I could have them handy; like a memory card or CD.

The only way to do this was by downloading them to a computer first, then copy all my pictures and save them. It was difficult, it wasn’t easy because I had to do it one by one. One day I just gave up. The task was time consuming and tedious.

With time I just stop worrying about it, I saw that Facebook was getting stronger.

In relation with the issue of Facebook dying, I found an article published in 2013, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10539274/Young-users-see-Facebook-as-dead-and-buried.html.

In the article the reporter for The Telegraph wrote that Facebook was “dead and buried.” His conclusion was based on a study made by Global Social Media Impact, which mentioned that young people started using Facebook less, instead started using other forms of social media as Snapchat, Instagram, twitter, WhatsApp, etc.

The study (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-social-media), funded by the European Union, focused on 16- to 18-year-olds in eight countries for 15 months. It found they recognized that Facebook is technically better than Twitter or Instagram in many ways. But they prefer other social media tools for privacy

The privacy part was because the parents started using Facebook and wanted their children to friend them. And even though, the youngsters like the social platform, they prefer using other social media.

Two years later, another article mentioned the same thing: that Facebook was beginning to decline. It said that, according to historians of social media, 2015 was the beginning of the end for Facebook and that 2016 would herald a more noticeable shift. “Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions,” reported researchers at Princeton University, “and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017.”

I still think Facebook is very popular and offers its audience a social tool to get connect with loved ones. And, I believe, it’s positively evolving while striving to survive the of competition from so many newer social tools.

Recently, my thesis was reassured by Harold Cabezas, a Social Media Enthusiast, with whom I talked to last week. Based on his experience in social media, he told me that Facebook is very popular between adults and the older adults, but that young people hated it. “It is used mostly as a form of (digital) identity for teenagers, as having a driver’s license,” he added.

Also, Cabezas said that Facebook is no going to die sometime soon, but by the year 2020 is going to be “broken down.”

As he explained to me, broken down because, as we have seen already, Facebook keep creating new tools to engage with its users to keep its success. And those — Instagram, Snapchat — are the tools being use more and more).

An example of that is Erika Papendorf, a second generation immigrant who lives in Woodside, Queens. She told me that she started using Facebook a year later after it launched, and still loves it. Her young adult son in his twenties, uses it too, but not so much anymore. Papendorf, who is a professional, doesn’t think Facebook will not be dying sometime soon.

I got the same impression from professor Carrie Brown, who told us in class, that even though technology is changing rapidly, it takes time for people to get used to these changes.

It’s been three years since I heard Facebook was going to die; today, I totally agree with the theory that it’s not going to disappear, or die anytime soon. It is only changing. Especially after seen its innovations. The platform keeps bringing out new tools and features, such as: Live video, tele and video conference, better search engine, more emoticons; adding to its ecosystem tools like slack, non-profit crowdfunding, music stories and more.

I believe my pictures are safe, at least for a few more years. What I choose not to do is to post as many pictures as before.