I just saw “The Social Network”. Great movie, even if a bit biased against Mark. He’s got to be feeling a little awkward, unless of course, he really is as OCD and schizophrenic as they make him to be in the movie. I also thought Shawn’s part (played by Justin Timberlake) was going to be a more light-hearted character. He was. At first anyway. Say what you want, but Justin has acting chops. Not a DeNiro, but he still has talent. It’s funny how some people’s PR gets in the way of evaluating them on their true merits.
I’ve dropped off of Facebook once, for a year in 2007, after almost two years of failing to convince any of my friends, coworkers or family to take their eyes off of Friendster and MySpace Then something happened in 2008, and all of a sudden everyone I knew was flipped over Facebook and started hitting me up like I had never seen it before. It was like coming back to Earth in Planet of the Apes (ok, ok, planet of the in-laws is more apropos). I still have a few friends who refuse to even look at Facebook, much less join up. I can understand their rationale, even though I’m kind of tied in with family now. I really wish there were better alternatives at this point, but so far none have lived up to their promises. Right now they have the most gravity. If you tune into the right channels you can pick up traces of how they’re affecting the big players like Google, Microsoft, Apple and so on. I’m still amazed Twitter has managed to carve out it’s space without being consumed or drowned by Facebook.
If you see the movie, or have already seen it, and don’t even once question why you still use Facebook, I would wonder why.