"Facebook Fatigue" or a Poor Source of Data?

One report indicates that Facebook lost millions of users in May: 6 million Americans, 1.5 million Canadians, and 100,000 Britons. Of course, Facebook still enjoys great success with almost 700 million users worldwide, but the company's goal is to reach 1 billion, and this is a step in the wrong direction.

While critics say that people are tiring of the social networking service and have increasing concerns about privacy, Facebook has responded with optimism. The company has questioned the data (apparently pulled from the reach of Facebook ads) and maintains that it is "very pleased" with its overall growth, claiming that "50 percent of active users log on to Facebook on any given day."

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Discussion Starters:

  • Do you buy Facebook's argument about the data source? Why or why not? 
  • What is your personal view of Facebook? Have you ever felt "Facebook fatigue" or known others to quit?