Bye Bye Bebo

So, the imminent death of Bebo has been announced. I say death, as it seems unlikely anyone will want to buy an ailing social networking website in an English-speaking market dominated by Facebook .

I was on Bebo. For a while. Then I remembered that I hate people who talk in txt spk (vowels are there to be used, in my world), and witter mindlessly about drinking, and clubbing, and shopping. I grew out of that long ago, but it seems to be the main reason for Bebo’s continued existence. Being on it feels like a teenage contest of who was more drunk / spent more money / plastered more makeup on / fell over more.
Hence me deleting my account some time ago (along with my MySpace one).
And I’m retreating from Facebook more too: the effort to hide the endless updates from games that people are playing is annoying; I don’t need it to suggest friends for me, or patronisingly tell me to help other people find friends; I don’t want to play games endlessly – I work; I don’t need endless adverts for mobile phones, laptops and digital cameras. I pop on and off, see what friends are up to, occasionally use it to post photos that a wide range of friends might be interested in, then boogie off again. For a social networker, I’m getting less and less social!
Or maybe it’s just that I’m getting older. Maybe I’m becoming a Grumpy Old Woman.
Now…gerroff my lawn!

Author: Jennie

Law, libraries, books, crafts, and general geekery.

2 thoughts on “Bye Bye Bebo”

  1. he sad thing about Bebo is that it may be financially better for AOL to let it die that to actually sell it – that's how fucked up finanial accounting is these days.

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  2. Yay for grumpy old (before their time) women! I'm with you on this.

    I feel the same about social networking – I rarely use Facebook now and when I do it's generally to send messages to people I don't email or arrange/get details of events. I recently cut down my “friends” list and will probably be cutting it further – I think I only really added people initially to see what they were up to now, and I've satified that curiousity and reconnected with anyone I wanted to now.

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