Since its launch in 2004, ‘Facebook’ has made it as an enormous success story, albeit not one without controversy. Plenty of controversy. But I’m not here to discuss that. I’m here to tell you a little about social networking and why it is a great addition to any Smart TV.
In many ways taking off through the now forgotten ‘Myspace’ and the plethora of imitators it left in its wake, Facebook emerged as champion of the social networks, (until the next one comes along, that is). Facebook has conquered the Internet using a clever exploitation of those three ever-reliable concepts:
1) Folks love talking about other people, especially secretly.
2) Folks are very fond of and poking their noses into the lives of other people.
3) People’s unquenchable self interest, which, when fuelled by Facebook, is egotism on steroids.
Facebook is the amazing tool and one which has quickly tailored itself to mobile phones, portable devices and now, even Television. In the end, Myspace was the cumbersome Neanderthal, who, even though being better, smarter and stronger than Homo Sapiens, succumbed to the receding ice age rather swiftly, failing to adapt to the world he could no longer comprehend. Facebook, conversely, was the eventual Cro Magnon victor, shaking in the cave throughout Neanderthal’s time, he emerged on the warm plains of that modern day and, either directly or indirectly, eliminated his rival before moving with the shifting technology and times, the point he might sit at his writing table and update his position numerous times a day.
‘Twitter’ is a particularly small website that acts sort of a miniature Facebook. Users take a couple of words to broadcast their actions, thoughts and/or emotions to a world that typically does not care unless its worried that it is being cheated on. Though, whereas famous people on Facebook tend not to update their web pages, on Twitter an individual can follow (and sometimes communicate with) the behavior of Hollywood luminaries, celebrities, sports stars and other notable people, who are often surprisingly honest about their daily lives.
Facebook and Twitter are both big ones, but there are others, a lot more than I can count that follow a similar simple model but specialize in a different area (LinkedIn, for instance, deals with business relationships a lot more than personal ones). Many websites co-exist with Facebook nowadays, feeding off their scraps like remoras on the back of the Tiger Shark. With most online content, there’s even an option to ‘Like’ it, consequently adding it to the Facebook page (when you look closely at this page, you will almost certainly find one, which serves to highlight just how all-encompassing Facebook’s presence is.
Smart TV, recognising the ubiquity of such websites plus the importance that current online business places on this ubiquity, has Facebook, Twitter (and the other social network sites) readily available for download. This means that you might have full (or nearly full) access to your Facebook account and update it without even going to a computer. Last night, when I wanted to update my very own Facebook to state that I was watching, for what should be the hundredth time, the movie ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’ I might have simply done it during a tea break in the movie itself rather than desiring to do it and eventually forgetting, as I actually did.
If you’re wondering how folks are doing and you would like up-to-the-minute advice, Facebook is usually the place to go. Facebook the website is free to use, could be the Smart TV app at time of writing and is a superb communication tool, particularly for people you don’t actually know that well. Nowadays, people alter their phone numbers every point three of another, so Facebook remains the one reliable way to make sure you can always keep in touch. I like to think of it like a really poorly written newspaper, where the headlines are a little bit sunnier, a lot less biased and contain people I essentially give a damn about.