I’m tired of writing about Facebook. At least for today. I’ve been looking through the significant news of the day–a Friday–and it’s mostly about Facebook. Surprise! That seems to be the case on most days. Sure, it’s an easy topic to cover, and there’s always something larger to imply from everything related to Facebook. But I’m just not up for it today. I’m starting to feel like a broken record.
Facebook is making a change, or going after a patent, or teaming up with Microsoft. Someone on Facebook did something silly, and now they’re looking for a new job or facing jail time. Everyone wants to tap into Facebook for some level of search data, and everything Facebook does is somehow meant to destroy Twitter, or maybe even Google.
Yes, Facebook is taking over the world. It’s taking over the news, it’s taking over the very definition of social media. That’s the point, and it’s working. That’s why we keep talking about Facebook, even in this very post I’m writing, right now.
I’m not exactly sure what made me feel this way on a perfectly lovely Friday afternoon. Perhaps it was the news of Facebook being awarded a patent for its newsfeed feature, that would nicely accompany another patent Facebook has filed but has not yet received. The initial reaction to the patent was that, of course, Facebook is looking t further dominate the market and possibly sue other social media services for following a similar newsfeed-like format (i.e. Twitter).
While that very well may be a result of Facebook’s new patent, it’s still just another day in the world of Facebook. Twitter will find a way around Facebook’s tactics, and that will be big news too. As with most the world, I’m kind of tired of reading and writing about Twitter as well.
I’m not complaining–I’m a heavy user of social media and I recognize its over-arching potential. And there’s not even really much else that’s newsworthy today. I just think it’s a good idea to take a break and step back from the daily details of Facebook’s business development, privacy changes and the like.
Facebook’s going to be around for a while, and there are a lot of people that are still using Facebook on an extremely regular basis. Relax, just a tad, and look at the actual bigger picture, instead of getting hung up on all the little things Facebook does along the way. Every once in a while, it’s good to force a new perspective on yourself.