People seem to really be upset with Facebook this time! Naturally, I think this is great. I’m on record as a Facebook curmudgeon, having almost entirely displaced my anger over the flight of my friends from social blogging — a change that was probably inevitable thanks to the progression of age and career — onto the service that so many of them fled to.
I’m convinced that online society has a rhythm. A while ago, I proposed a lifecycle for social networks. I’m pretty sure that that latter hypothesis will prove to be hopeless, that those considering the question won’t be able to draw any firmer conclusions about the fall of Friendster than historians have about the fall of the Roman Empire. But there’s no doubt in my mind that these systems are fundamentally dynamic, and subject to entropic forces even beyond their maintainers’ sinister efforts at profit-maximization.