Statistics & Grammar
I couldn't care less about the stats but "Facebook" and "Google" are proper nouns, not verbs.
US netizens are now spending more time on Facebook than on all of Google's sites combined, according to the latest data from online research outfit comScore. As the AP reports, comScore says that US net users spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, or about 9.9 per cent of their total web surfing. By comparison, they spent 39. …
American English is a dialect of English that split off in the mid 18th century, or thereabouts and it retains much of the character of English from that period. There are far fewer words (English didn't really start looting vocabulary until the 19th century, when we had all those Imperial holdings and such) and it has a much looser grammar. Back then nouns and verbs could be interchanged (and adjectivised) with relative ease; English, like every other language, has plenty of verbs that are derived from nouns, and nouns derived from verbs. The difference is that, in the intervening period, British English began deriving new verbs and nouns by adopting them wholesale from foreign languages as we took over large chunks of the planet, whilst American English retained the concept of deriving verbs, nouns and adjectives from within its existing vocabulary. As it adopted new vocabulary the act of derivation from within continued, turning nouns into verbs (hover -> hoovering; google -> to google) and both into adjectives (to fail -> a fail -> the fail boat).
Both languages still do this, but American English does it much more obviously because it's still essentially 18th century in character. This is just how languages work.
Phony erudition combined with imperial delusions... maybe Blighty is indeed beyond repair. In the first place the English language was already taking words from other languages well before the brief period of the British Empire (yes it was brief, one century and a half does not even compare to the Roman Empire or many others). For example, "mosquito" was taken from Spanish and England has never ruled over Spain.
Second and more important, the British Empire is long gone, get over it!
Oh get over yourself you twit. I was trying to explain why it's stupid to bash American english and I went with a simplified historical narrative to do so. If I'd put in every caveat and historical tidbit (american English deriving new words from native languages, British english taking words wholesale from modern German etcetera ad nauseum ad infinitum) I would have been writing all night. You've managed to grab the wrong end of the stick so effectively that you're in a different tree.
Yes it is. An adjective is a word who's primary syntactic role is to modify a noun or pronoun to provide more information about it, which is what an attributive does. The clue is that it can also be predicative. A sausage factory isn't sausage (the attributive noun "sausage" can't be predicative), but a fail boat is fail (the attributive adjective "fail" can also be predicative, like "smart" - that boat is smart. That is a smart boat).
At a restaurant: "How is your food tasting?' Since when does food taste?? Should be, "Are you enjoying your food?"
Next in line for stupid US Tricks: "1983 Camaro. Runs Good." Yeah, Good and never committed a sin in it's life.
However, it is a fact that many nouns soon become verbs. For example: Email me, Fax me, Ring me.
The word F**K can be anything. See George Carlin for more examples.
and are paranoid that you'll lose your trademark. Either that, or you just enjoy pissing into the wind.
"to google" is now accepted as a verb whether you like it or not.
"to facebook" will quite possibly go the same way.
You can't stop people using words in the way they want to. Have a Paris icon; feel free to photoshop it.
Why are they wasting their time, it's far too late in the game now. Facebook has the user base. Why would anyone sign up to any other social networking site when facebook does what they want and all of their "friends" are already there.
Google don't have to just migrate the individual from facebook, they have to migrate the whole group of friends so that the social networking continues unhindered.
'facebook does what they want and all of their "friends" are already there'
Indeed. They are doing an admirable job of collecting most of the world's retards together in one place. I'm not sure what the next step is, but I'm hoping for the sake of humanity that they have developed some kind of mass sterilisation facebook application.
That only applies to certain demographics. Like those with Facebook accounts and of those, the ones who actively take part in their network.
In short, mostly younger people.
Statistics, damned statistics and lies. Probably propagated by the FaceBook PR company. Again.
Citation please. Base data too.
I saw a report last January that pointed out that only 26% of Facebook's US users were between 18 and 25. Those 26 was to 65 accounted for 60%, and the 13-17 crowd was 11%.
I suspect many in the over-25 crowd are using it to keep up with family, friends from high school or college, friends from places they used to live and who have moved away. As someone else pointed out, that's Google's problem - they have to bring over entire groups of people.
There's a chunk of the older US population that has really settled on Facebook. I've seen friends and family who were uninterested in Facebook pressured into signing up because a large percentage of their social circle is using it to exchange news and keep in touch.
The tendency for Americans in some income brackets to relocate as they get older - move far away from friends and family for jobs, school, etc., probably makes Facebook a good tool for keeping in touch with a lot of people at once.
...for some unknown reason people insist on spending infinitely more time doing other things.
Facebook top bitch Mark Zuckerberg was reported yesterday as having said something which, when translated into English, went something like: "we need to figure out how to get our users to stop tweeting/masturbating the rest of the time and get their asses on Facebook 24 hours a fucking day. Perhaps we can do this by palming off some more of their info to mind numbing Flash 'game' developers. We need the next Farmville people, and this time we ain't farming animals, we're farming bitchez."
There are possible, logical, answer to this.
Maybe the mass of unemployed Americans are using FB to look for work / employment connections or, having nothing to do, just hang around FB.
Some companies are now blocking FB as their employees also spend hours on FB, whilst getting paid, and doing nothing productive.
Interestingly, some of the booming Asian economies, where so much of the West's stuff gets manufactured, actually block access to FB.
Finally the GOOG catches on and starts talking to the game makers but what is with their naming engine? Talk about sucking sewage through a straw. First they have fish Orkut bait followed by an irritating sound made by blood sucking insects and now Google Me? What the hell is that, Millennial edition, Moose & elk, Mostly excrement? Call it "Google Spot" and you've got a short version folks are bound to remember. Why they'll come again and again exploring every niche it has to offer. Heck, it could even have a little side bar so visitors could... well, play with each other. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Good luck getting that domain though.
of "dumb schmucks" in the world...
After removing myself from Facebook some time back, due to privacy concerns and the fact that I really don't want to keep up to date with someone I knew in school 20 years ago, the great irony is, as a web developer, part of my job is building wretched FBML pages for clients.
Perhaps we should update the old saying "Death & Taxes" to "Death, Taxes & Facebook" .. :(
Trying to put a finger on why I dislike Facebook so much is complicated. Ultimately, I dislike the intentions behind it - there's nothing wrong with making a buck on the net, but there's definitely something suspect about a website so entrenched in the public psyche that serves up oodles of exceptionally dodgy content.
As a paranoid geek, I have massive distrust of the security of Facebook - it's an identity thief's wet dream.
There also just a little bit of "this is my playground" petulance behind my feelings too - everyone thought I was a total geek when I raved about the www back in '94 - now everyone, their dog, granny, dimwit brother and milkman is online.
Yes, the numbers are absurd, but... have you seen ComScores' original statistics and methods? I haven't, they are probably for pay. I can't be arsed to search really. I'm speculating here.
But it could very well be that something got "lost in translation" there, either in ComScores' reports, or the media's (considering the average quality of journalists regarding "technical" things like basic statistics' concepts and science, it wouldn't be surprising). I don't know how ComScores monitors these things, but if it is like the old time TV audience stats, they would be monitoring a certain amount of (hopefully) representative users instead of the whole population, and counting the usage patterns of *those people only*. You know, the type of thing statisticians do -- because if you observe the WHOLE population it's not statistics, it's a census.
So, maybe the 40 or so million minutes where spent by the sample monitored, NOT by all the possible users summed, and someone screwed the pooch in the reporting of the whole thing. The significant numbers then would be the *percentage* of time spent in which activity, which should be the same as for the whole set of users represented by that sample (if it was selected appropriately).
It would be interesting to know what the truth actually is in this case. Just for laughs.
Ah, but how much time is a Facebook tab open but not actually being used? If I picked certain people, their Facebook `logged in` time might be 12+ hrs a day! (Same argument could also apply to Google services like Gmail though.)
As for brand names etc being turned into verbs, words like Google and Hoover make ideal new verbs because they don't have an existing meaning. (They also are simple and efficient to enunciate) Anybody who starts saying "facebook me" deserves a good slap.
"Anybody who starts saying "facebook me" deserves a good slap."
Well, given that we have *facepalm* and *headdesk* to imply low-impact percussive events, presumably *facebook* carries similar implications, only involving a 2nd party giving someone a thwack with e.g. a telephone directory.
And a good idea too.
I thought this article interesting until...
YAHOO! NEARLY HAS AS MANY MINUTES AS GOOGLE? Now I know this article is a complete crock of %#!T. No offence to the journalist who is obviously just quoting figures he has been given, but come on. Google - 96% of the search market and youtube - HOW can this be closely followed by Yahoo?
Oh I get it. It's that damn Yahoo! bar that somehow installs itself and changes your homepage. People fire up their browser, the clock strikes hometime so they decide not to check their facebook, and hey presto! Yahoo! minutes are up!
To see a FaceBook v Porn comparison... (Yes, I know it's not feasible, but even so!)
Seriously tho, as someone mentioned above, I do wonder if this is 'active' FB time, or includes 'open on another tab' time as well. Back in the days before FB & MySpace I was on a precursor, and would be logged in on one window, whilst using other windows, and would just flick over to check messages etc every half hour or so.
<-it's Monday, after 3 1/2 weeks off!
The average Google site takes you 3 seconds to view (do I have a new mail? no? then close the browser)
or 5 seconds to type in the keyphrase and then click off to the chosen search item the user goes, Google app now closed..
If users spent as long on Google products as they do on Facebook (for example) then the Google product would be broken.
As an aside, I doubt Google are to worried about Facebook. No one clicks on Facebook ads and the demographic viewing them don't have credit cards to play with so the revenues from them are low to none.
Just look at what is actually advertised on Facebook, its all the same stuff you used to see spammed at you in e-mails until the filers got decent.
...chapter about why we say IBM instead of International Business Machines, but Ford instead of FMC.
American English Users adopt the pronounciation, abbreviations, acronyms, and contractions that most easily roll off the tongue. Google and Hoover are superior to search for or vacuum partly because they are easier to say. They are also more fun to say because they have oo sound in the middle of the first syllable.
Well Said, C 2
The missus has Facebook on her screen pretty much constantly while she's knitting or petting cats or whatever it is that she does down at the distaff end of the sofa. Doesn't mean she's paying any attention to it though, other than when a new knitting pattern pops up or one of her friends announces that she's squeezed out another sprog.
You do not need to use social networking sites like faceplant, twatser, or goggle at all.
Here's some new concepts that are much less hassle, are safer, are more enjoyable, usually take less time, and most people actually enjoy these other methods.
Face to face discussion (what a concept!)
There are more sophisticated methods that require more common sense:
Discussion boards (last resort for the really lonely)
There really isn't any other mechanism needed beyond these simple and relatively safe methods.
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