So it is with great sadness that today is the day I proclaim that Facebook has jumped the shark. If your not familiar with the term "jump the shark" look no further than UrbanDictionary.com which defines it as "a term to describe a moment when something that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline in quality and popularity." Of course, the term originates from the classic TV show Happy Days which despite it legions of fans hung around a little longer than it's shelf life and eventually became a bit of a joke (see video below).
Anyway, back to the point. As if it were not bad enough that that my FB experience has become a mix of
- certain folks who give the details of every moment of their lives (do you really need to announce that your going the bed????)
- others who feel that they need to post witty/insightful/wise/funny updates which probably took a good portion of their day to refine prior to posting
- scanned pictures from 15+ years ago to allow others to share in high school nostalgia
But today was the day I casually checked my email account to find a FB friend request from a friend of my mother! My mom! Her friend is 78 years old!
Don't get me wrong. I am not prejudice to the elderly. This particular woman is a close family friend and extremely cool regardless of her age. But I can't help feeling like a line has been crossed. Social media and for that matter the internet are a part of my generation and more specifically my own existence. I make my living as a technical director for an online retailer. I spent my early 20's riding the dot com wave. How is it that someone born before World War II is sending me friend requests????
I guess I need to remember that this website began as a way for Harvard coeds to get to know each other and has expanded into every corner of society. I know how pissed the college crowd was when FB lost it's cred and went "mainstream" by opening up to others. I guess I am going through a similar experience. Am I going to stop visiting the site on a regular basis? Of course not. But as one of the earlier adopters of social media it is starting to feel like Facebook and others in it's genre are getting a little less "special".
Oh well, you can't fight progress.