As its inauguration in 2004, ‘Facebook’ has made it as an enormous success story, albeit not one without controversy. A great deal of controversy. But I am not here to talk about that. I’m here to tell you a little about social networking and why it’s a great addition to any Smart TV.
In many ways coming out from the now elapsed ‘Myspace’ and also the excess of imitators it left in its wake, Facebook emerged as champion of the social networks, (until the next one comes along, that is). Facebook has occupied the Web with a smart exploitation of those 3 ever-reliable concepts:
1) Folks love gossiping about other people, particularly incognito.
2) Individuals are inordinately fond of and poking their noses into the lives of others.
3) People’s unquenchable self attention, which, when fuelled by Facebook, is narcissism on steroids.
Facebook is the remarkable tool and one which has easily tailored itself to mobile phones, portable devices and now, even TV. In the end, Myspace was the cumbersome Neanderthal, who, despite being better, smarter and more powerful than Homo Sapiens, succumbed to the receding ice age rather swiftly, failing to adapt to a world he could no longer recognize. Facebook, conversely, was the eventual Cro Magnon victor, trembling in the cave during Neanderthal’s time, he emerged over on the warm plains of that modern-day and, either directly or indirectly, eradicated his rival before moving within the changing technology and times, to the point he might sit at his writing table and update his position numerous times a day.
‘Twitter’ is an extremely limited website that acts like a miniature Facebook. Users have a number of words to announce their actions, thoughts and/or emotions to a world that frequently does not care unless its concerned that it’s being cheated on. Yet, while well-known people on Facebook tend to not update their pages, on Twitter an individual can follow (and sometimes commune with) the activities of Hollywood luminaries, celebrities, sports stars and other notable people, who are often surprisingly frank about their day by day lives.
Facebook and Twitter are both big ones, but there’s others, a lot more than I can add up that follow a similar simple model but specialize in a new area (LinkedIn, for instance, deals with business interactions a lot more than personal ones). Many websites co-exist with Facebook nowadays, feeding off their scraps like remoras on the back of a Tiger Shark. With nearly all online content, there is even an option to ‘Like’ it, consequently adding it to your Facebook page (if you look closely at this page, you will almost definitely find one, which serves to highlight just how all-encompassing Facebook’s presence is.
Smart TV, recognising the ubiquity of such sites plus the importance that modern online business places on this ubiquity, has Facebook, Twitter (and other social network websites) readily available for download. Which means you might have full (or nearly full) access to your Facebook account and update it without even going to a computer. Last night, when I wanted to update my own Facebook to state that I was watching, for what must be the hundredth time, the movie ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’ I could have simply done it throughout a tea break in the movie itself instead of meaning to take action after which ultimately forgetting, as I actually did.
If you’re wondering how folks are doing and you want up-to-the-minute information, Facebook is normally the place to go. Facebook the website is free to use, may be the Smart TV app at time of writing and is an excellent comms tool, particularly for people you do not essentially know that well. These days, people alter their mobile numbers every 0.3 of a second, so Facebook remains the one consistent way to ensure you can consistantly keep in touch. I like to think of it like a really poorly written newspaper, where the headlines are a little bit sunnier, a great deal less biased and contain people I essentially give a damn about.