According to Facebook’s own annual 10 k report the social networking site is aware its younger users are substituting Facebook with alternatives such as Instagram, Tumblr and SnapChat.
Facebook was the place to show off, talk about yourself with little care as to who read your status updates and browsed through your pictures.
Today there is heavy emphasis on privacy and online security. Social media as a whole is an open book, a path way into people’s not so private lives. Until the likes of prospective employer’s educational institutions, trolls started taking an interest and making note of the status update regarding the party you attended the night before with subsequent photographic evidence. Then there are the friends of friends who gain access to your news feed via your friend liking one of your posts.
It is due to this lack of privacy younger people are looking at other networking working sites. As mentioned on popular alternative that is also owned by Facebook is Instagram. By default all photographs are public with the user having the option make their account private giving you the power to approve or decline a follower request. With a private account If a private user uploads a photo then an approved follower likes that image, the private photo will not appear in the News > Following feed. If you share your private account pictures with another social network such as Facebook and Twitter then that picture is no longer private and is visible to anyone who has access to the permalink attached to the picture.
Snapchat has become a popular app. Images / text messages sent have a 1-10 seconds expiration time attached to them, after this time is up the image / test message is automatically deleted. The problem with this app is the receiver has to view the image/text within that allotted time else miss not seeing or even knowing a message was sent. Snapchat messages can also be viewed via an iPad. The self-destruction of the message is an attractive feature but does not prevent the receiver from taking a screenshot of the image sent before it is deleted. If the receiver does do this the sender is expected to receive a notification telling them their message has been saved, not to say this can’t be bypassed.
Though social networks have some form of security features in place they are not fool proof. Or in the case of Twitter absolve any responsibility of what its users choose to post. In these instances it is a case of taking ‘freedom of speech’ that one step too far especially with it is exercised to verbally intimidate and abuse others.
Youngsters today are looking at alternative ways so stay active in the social media world but also was to protect themselves and their privacy. Parents would argue that young children’s online activity should be monitored as well as being able to see their messages, hence the reluctance of some parents to fully support Snapchat.
The fact that members of the younger generation have become less active on Facebook should encourage Facebook to tighten up their security features. Facebook wants to move forward with its more profit generating features yet they seem to forget that their younger users will eventually grow up and replace / add to the existing adult Facebook users, if they are still interested in the social networking site.