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!