Goodbye, facebook ‘friends’

Rob Messinger
Rob Messinger // May 18, 2012

Facebook’s initial public offering today has lots of folks weighing in. The social network is nearing a billion users and gazillion dollars.

I liked what the Pew Internet & American Life Project had to say. Researchers there compiled survey results over time to explain how people have used the site.

One of the most interesting findings to me: We’re getting better about shrinking our networks.

The numbers show we’re saying goodbye to the folks who were never really friends in the first place.

I also liked this visual confirmation of what everyone knows: Younger people are more into social networking.

We do hear some noise that teens are migrating to Twitter and other networks because too many of their parents are on Facebook, so the trend in this chart might be starting to shift. Have you noticed that?