There is speculation that soon we will all get fed up with Facebook. That we’ll rise up against transparency and demand privacy and control over our drunken photos, frustrated updates and the fact that we “like” Glee.
Despite the fact that he denies wanting to take Facebook public, Mark Zuckerberg has given us the tools to expose our lives piece by piece. Fueled by rumors of his demise, many are predicting the end of Facebook, just as 2011 begins. In his recent post in The Telegram, Will Heaven writes:
So Facebook continues to grow, but the tide seems to be turning. Enormous numbers of its 500 million “active users” could soon become dormant. They might spend an hour a day logged on to the site right now, but such saturation has “bubble” written all over it.
But what if the era of Facebook is merely giving way to social media curation?
A New Generation of Curation
That’s what the folks at eegoes are betting on. Described as a “new generation” of social networking, eegoes aims to provide a user-friendly and innovative platform for social interaction, that lets users filter their content through keyword settings to deliver only the information most relevant to their interests.
Users can customize their views, to see “Everything”, or only view “Videos”, “Pictures”, “Notes”, “Events”, “Links” or “Interests.”
Launched in private beta during the fall of 2010 (around the same time that Diaspora secured additional funding and rolled out its private alpha accounts) eegoes is designed to be relevant to users, displaying only the photos, updates, interests and activities you want to see and to be seen. Users can connect via Facebook or Twitter and sync their accounts or establish parts of their account as private and public through user-friendly controls.
On eegoes, establishing your account's privacy is user-friendly compared to Facebook's rather complex privacy settings.
From built-in geo-location tagging and Google Maps integration, users can keep in touch, share content and get back to basics while networking with like-minded people worldwide. Eegoes aims to cut through all the clutter of information by putting users in charge of curating content in a way that is straight-forward in it’s approach to privacy.
Yet, as much as people bemoan Facebook, changing behaviors takes more than just disdain. There is strength in numbers, but as long as eegoes and other types of social networking sites allow multiple platform integration, users will be afforded the freedom of choice, which may complicate information sharing, rather than simplify it.
What do you think? Will you be abandoning Facebook anytime soon in favor of social media curation sites like eegoes, quora or diaspora?