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April 20, 2009

facebook indulgences?

Written by Jaime Walden

 

What makes the Lennon Bus so special is that we provide free hands-on programs to students and the community.  When dealing with a community, nowadays we have to consider groups formed through the Internet via social networking sites.  One way in which the Lennon Bus is able to reach the digital community is by posting the photos and music videos that we create on lennonbus.org and on our Youtube channel.  An article that recently caught my attention was on Cnet.com where David Carnoy asks the question, “Would you pay $1 a month for Facebook?”  How would this change the dynamic of social networking?  Realistically, I think that most people would pay this nominal fee.  Existing users invest a lot of time into personalizing their online persona via bios, photos, and even layout design.  However, I find the thought of charging for Facebook to ultimately be taking a step backwards.  One of the main reasons SO MANY people sign-up for these types of websites is that they are joining based on the pretenses that it is free with no hidden agenda.  I understand websites such as Match.com (which provides a service) or creating some type of “elite membership” for a small fee, but ultimately what allows social networking sites to really thrive is the ability to network for free.  Facebook exists because of personal profiles and the content with which people choose to post.  Without the people, Facebook does not exist.  Recently, I’ve noticed that many of my friends have been combining both of their Facebook and Twitter accounts with their status updates.  We are now social networking within social networking.  The idea is sharing.  Websites such as Yelp.com allow the common folks’ voices to be heard as “true critics.”  Flickr.com allows you to showcase your Annie Leibovitz photo skills.  If Facebook were to start charging for service, this would create a break in the chain.  So, Facebook, I hope that Mr. Carnoy doesn’t give you any ideas.  I can see how paying for you might make me feel a bit less guilty in regards to the frequency of my logins, but there are already enough advertisements on the website for divorce attorneys and discounted weight-loss supplements to counterbalance my digital footprint.  I really don’t want to have to pay to talk to my friends, (even at $1 per month) because that’s what my cell phone bill is for.

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