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Old Feb 24th 2010, 10:33 AM
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"On Facebook, a group called "I dont care about your farm, or your fish, or your park, or your mafia!!!" had more than 5.2 million members recently."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/23/f...ames/?hpt=Sbin

An interesting article on social gaming and where its heading.
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Old Feb 24th 2010, 12:04 PM
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"On Facebook, a group called "I dont care about your farm, or your fish, or your park, or your mafia!!!" had more than 5.2 million members recently."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/23/f...ames/?hpt=Sbin

An interesting article on social gaming and where its heading.
Yes, an interesting tidbit that says several different things.

1. Game companies should take note. Classic arcade style game are massively popular and are generally ignored by gaming companies (who all cater to the same adrenalin-pumping first person shooter games popular with 13-34 males).

2. Facebook is a really big tent but not likely to stay that way for long.

3. Facebook's success appears to be predicated upon lots of bored people with massive amounts of liesure time available to play inane and simple games.

4. If silly and innane games are a big part of Facebook success, then I wouldn't bet on Facebook being around for long.
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Old Feb 24th 2010, 12:26 PM
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Yes, an interesting tidbit that says several different things.

1. Game companies should take note. Classic arcade style game are massively popular and are generally ignored by gaming companies (who all cater to the same adrenalin-pumping first person shooter games popular with 13-34 males).

2. Facebook is a really big tent but not likely to stay that way for long.

3. Facebook's success appears to be predicated upon lots of bored people with massive amounts of liesure time available to play inane and simple games.

4. If silly and innane games are a big part of Facebook success, then I wouldn't bet on Facebook being around for long.
Considering the popularity of spectator sports, I'd have to disagree with #4.
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Old Feb 24th 2010, 12:46 PM
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Considering the popularity of spectator sports, I'd have to disagree with #4.
My point is that silly games are popular. Why does one need Facebook to play silly games?

Facebook is the odd wheel there between game players and games.
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My point is that silly games are popular. Why does one need Facebook to play silly games?

Facebook is the odd wheel there between game players and games.
Why does one have their laptop hooked up to their 42" flat screen tv?

A) The resources are there
B) Because you can
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Old Feb 24th 2010, 12:59 PM
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Those games are popular. How long before specialized niches pop up to fill that popularity? Facebook is just an irrelevant platform in this case.

Anyways, I'm not going to sit here and argue about how long it is going to take Facebook to become last year's fad. I really don't care. It is enough to just sit back and wait to prove my point. The net is driven by fads on steroids.

I certainly remember reading about how Yahoo was taking over the net. That was before Google came along of course.
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Old Feb 24th 2010, 01:02 PM
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And for those with short memories, you should look up what used to be written about the rennaissance in 'solitaire' due to Microsoft bundling it with Windows oh so many years ago.

That was another fad that was huge and passed quite quickly into irrelevance.
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ohh my..im addicted to facebook games. Its really a time waste but i enjoyed it a lot. right now im playing treasure isle..
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Those games are popular. How long before specialized niches pop up to fill that popularity? Facebook is just an irrelevant platform in this case.

Anyways, I'm not going to sit here and argue about how long it is going to take Facebook to become last year's fad. I really don't care. It is enough to just sit back and wait to prove my point. The net is driven by fads on steroids.

I certainly remember reading about how Yahoo was taking over the net. That was before Google came along of course.
Let's not forget that Netscape Navigator was the browser from the 1990s to 2002 when IE became bundled with Windows.
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Old Feb 24th 2010, 01:19 PM
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I also remember being told that CD's were the cutting edge of a whole new revolution in multimedia.

And speaking of passing fads, how about the MS Messenger thing? That used to be the be-all-to-end-all of internet apps.

About the only thing you can be certain of with the net is that all the biggest trends now will be just forgotten fads five years from now. I see no reason to believe that Facebook is any different. Indeed, Facebook is just a 'free' version of Classmates.com which has been around for twenty years or so.
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