Seems like a decade ago that you were jumping with joy at the prospect of having opened an
account in the so-called “social network” starting with of course the very legendary Facebook.
Gradually it went on to become a place where you can make new friends, catch up with old
ones, express your views and even gather or become followers! This new concept caught on like
a forest fire with everyone asking for your profile details instead of your contact info the first
time you meet them and you religiously devoting hours at a stretch “commenting”, “liking” and
“poking” within a virtual “wall”. But as the saying goes, all good things must, at some point of
time, come to an end and be replaced by something better; in this the better being the very hip
and happening messaging apps like SnapChat. Looking back, it seems that messaging apps
overshadowing social networks should be anything but shocking. Every perfect idea has cracks
showing underneath after a while and the same holds true for social networks.
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The privacy factor
While adding hundreds and thousands of friends on Facebook seemed like a very self-reassuring
thing to do at the time, people gradually began to realize silliness of the concept. What is the
use of having 500 complete strangers whom you never end up talking to, in your “friend list”?
Moreover, the fact that your wall/timeline is a big part of your profile and it seems almost
unethical to let any stranger post whatever he/she deems fit. You even have very little control on
the “comments” that appear on your status, which seems eerie. Messaging apps like SnapChat
and WhatsApp on the other hand, connect you only to people you know well enough to have
exchange phone numbers. This makes sure that all the conversations you enjoy are completely
between you and the respective people on the other side. If you wish to involve more than one
person in a single chat, you also have the option of creating chat groups which can be accessed
solely by the people invited in that group, which again filters out unwanted acquaintances.