I have a secret to share? I’m a huge fan of the X-Files. As a result, I’ve learned that conspiracy theories do exist and I think I’ve uncovered one. Let me offer a little background and clarification first, though – according to Wikipedia:
The internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that…carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents of the World Wide Web (WWW) and the infrastructure to support electronic mail.
In other words, the internet serves as the conduit through which we experience the online world. The internet allows us to view webpages (WWW), transfer and share files (FTP), and send each other public and private messages (E-mail). My theory – I think Facebook is trying to become the new internet. Facebook is trying to be the electronic medium though which exist online.
Facebook Is Taking Over The World
Facebook has already begun to replace the current applications of the internet. We log into Facebook to view webpage-like content, easily transfer and share files, as well as send public and private messages. The “friend” concept is actually the ultimate contact manager with photos, current information updated by the contact, and constant status updates. Facebook would actually only need a more robust calendar application to serve as a full-blown personal information manager (PIM). Facebook offers feature rich and robust mobile applications that have become a one stop shop on our smart phones. Facebook is also expanding into new territory recently that will further extend their dominance of our online experience. Let me offer some examples:
- Brand new geo-location feature, Places, recently announced
- Rumors circulating that Facebook is building a phone
Facebook Is Taking Over The Marketing World
You’ve all seen it – in your coffee shop, your local bookstore, even on Heinz Ketchup bottles, the “Find Us On Facebook” sign. Facebook is taking over the marketing world as well. Fortune 100 corporations down to the local corner store are marketing and advertising on Facebook which is pushing more and more people to Facebook.com further extending their dominance of our online experience.
How Does This Effect Independent Schools
Conspiracy theories aside, Facebook has become the most visited site on the web, and if your independent school doesn’t have a presence on Facebook, they could literally be missing millions of potential eyeballs that could be your next student, next parent, next faculty member, or next donor.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about my conspiracy theory that Facebook is trying to become the new internet. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.