24. December 2009 13:45
I’ll be the first to admit that I spend way too much time on Facebook. In fact, a natural reason to start a Facebook company was to have an excuse for being online all day and still look productive. Being on Facebook all day is one thing, however one of my favorite happenings is when I am sitting at Starbucks and I hear someone talking about an experience they had on Facebook. For some reason, its just a unique thing that you’re not used to people talking about. I think this is because Facebook is such a personal part of people’s lives, and when you hear a stranger talking about their Facebook, its almost as if they are talking about a personal relationship in earshot of strangers.
Over the past year, I have been hearing these kinds of conversations more and more. I’ve also been seeing more signs popping up from local businesses saying “Find us on Facebook”. I’ve also seen more Facebook t-shirts around town. Maybe its my own selective perception, but it seems like there is a lot more talk about Facebook in real life.
Then, I came across the below and lost it. In the video, a couple is getting married at the alter. The minister pronounces them husband and wife, then the couple proceeds to take out their cell phones and update their Facebook relationship status to ‘Married’! I rolled on the floor laughing, and then realized that the newlyweds did this partly as a joke, however I bet that part of the reason was because Facebook is an important part of their lives and they wanted Facebook associated with their marriage ceremony. After I finished laughing, I gave a guilty smirk as I quietly decided that I’d ask my future wife and I to do the same thing.
Facebook is growing into every facet of our lives, our REAL lives. Facebook will become the operating system of the web, just as Windows is the operating system of the computer (I’m a Mac guy, so hopefully this statement will need to be amended in 10 years). You will use your Facebook account to buy things online and serve as your identification just as your passport would be shown overseas. This is where the future of Facebook is headed, for better or worse, till death do us part.