I just read "If Facebook were a country, it would be bigger than China" in a BBC Technology article. I read about 5-10 technology articles almost every day to post on the New Africa Technology Company page. The article goes on to say :
And yet, Mr Joler argues, we know next to nothing about what goes on under the bonnet - despite the fact that we, as users, are providing most of the fuel - for free."All of us, when we are uploading something, when we are tagging people, when we are commenting, we are basically working for Facebook," he says.
Yet we all willingly participate in this forum because it has become the central site for us to see what's going on with our friends and family, particularly those of us who are not in our countries and close to our families. I particularly enjoy following political discussions and reactions/opinions to latest events. It is a great platform (and other social media sites) and changed the way we engage with ideas, news. Thankfully, we don't need to rely on mainstream news anymore for our only source as an opinion maker.
In the process we help Facebook become bigger than China.
One often meets or writes folks who are seemingly inactive on Facebook yet they are on it. They'll reference something you have posted and, you realise they are on Facebook. But then you get folks who are a little slow or just surfaced. I posted a picture of Kavita and my brother and sister when I was in London in April and, one friend of my brother asks him, is that your kid? Clearly, they aren't that close friends.
But we're all friends on Facebook aren't we?