Facebook Turns Ten


Diana Quezada

Despite celebrating its tenth anniversary, Facebook’s prominence is diminishing among younger users.

You’re staring at your Twitter feed while trying to take selfies to post on Instagram, little that you realized that once wildly popular Facebook marks its 10th anniversary.

In reminiscence of its ten years on the web, Facebook released a video option. Users can choose to view a minute long video of their memorable experiences while on Facebook.

Billions of likes, friend requests, notifications and relationship statuses later, is Facebook still significant among young users?

Facebook transformed how people interact with each other.

“It’s brought the world closer,” senior Amelie Trieu said. “You can click on someone’s face and see their mutual friends. It connects people around the world together and family members that live far away.”

Websites such as Twitter and Instagram sprouted from the ideals of Facebook. The ability to connect and share anything appeals to sociable person.

Now in 2014, Facebook has become obsolete among young social media users thanks to the rise in forums such as Twitter, Instagram, and the addictive Tumblr.

“Social media is like a bandwagon, one person starts using one network, then they tell their friends how awesome it is and starts a chain reaction,”

sophomore Julia Quizon said.

“Facebook works the same way.”

Facebook’s current slump is contributed to several factors. First of the all, the site grew rapidly and peaked too early. As millions signed on to the site, the large volume of users caused Facebook to lose its “cool factor.” Users began to turn to other places where they can still update their statuses all day long while differentiating themselves from everyone else.

“Now that there’s [places like] Twitter, there’s no need for Facebook,” sophomore Elise Kim said. Students in particular avoid using Facebook because of the presence of their parents who have accounts. It can very awkward if your mom tries to befriend you and monitors your profile page.

Facebook’s recent marketing direction focused on advertising and emphasis on gaming has turned away users who find it overwhelming and annoying. The networking site disconnected itself from its original focus of connecting people together and is instead exploiting users with ads.

Sophomore Marem Atef used to enjoy chatting and sharing whatever she had in mind with her friends. She left Facebook while in middle school and turned to other social media websites.

“Facebook has a bunch of ads and games that not a lot of people are interested in,” Atef said.

“Twitter has become more popular,” Trieu said. “The ads and updates got annoying.”

Students predict that Facebook’s popularity will decline until it reaches the status of practically abandoned Myspace.

“Everyone is one Twitter now, just like when everyone started using Facebook, Myspace became lame and no one uses it anymore,” Kim said.

“It kind of went from Myspace to Facebook and now it’s more like Twitter,” freshman Madison Lowry said.” “All social media goes through its phase of popularity and then it’s down and something new pops up.”

Regardless of its decline, Facebook has left a legacy for future websites that want to follow in its path. In the meantime, Facebook has to step up and improve user experience to woo back its audience.

“We’re always looking for something new as teenagers,” junior Dwashema Liburd said. “As soon as something new comes out, we switch to that.”