Earlier this year I felt it necessary to explain why I’m not on Facebook (and no, I’ve never been to a McDonalds either). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against social media as such (look, I blog), but I outlined my reasons pretty clearly. I was also trying to avoid seeing The Social Network film, however, I finally went to see it this weekend (yes, I’m probably the last person to get around to it). It’s not a bad film, but it confirmed to me all the reasons why I don’t do the Facebook thing. The film confirmed most of the things on my list or reasons – they talk about writing in ink on the internet, I talk about the internet not forgetting – and my prime reason for not being on it, is the cliquiness. The whole concept of FB was about cliques, both preserving and creating them. So there you have it, I don’t do Facebook and as yet I have no compelling reason to do so (nor go to a McDonalds for that matter).
Another day and another new high figure for Facebook. This time it’s their mobile users who are now at 150 million people according to blog from one of their engineers. That is nearly 1/3rd of their 500 million users. The blog is about their mobile api, but conveniently mentions this new high figure in passing. Sadly it doesn’t give details about which handsets are the most popular (iPhone I would guess), but it does indicate the importance of mobile to social media.