I’m hooked on Facebook. In various ways, it replaces Twitter, Digg, Bluedot, plaxo and LinkedIn. And there’s a chance that it will replace my spam-laden email box, at least for messages from people I care about.
I’m too invested in flickr to replace it with Facebook’s photo tools, but with Facebook’s platform I don’t need to.
Facebook is mobile, too. I managed to fill my layover in Cincinnati catching up on the latest from my friends.
The key to a social network is who’s on it. I’ve been impressed by the number of people I know who are on it and their level of activity — it’s not just another service they signed up for and don’t use. My network on Facebook has grown much faster than my LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter networks.
Recommended reading: Danah Boyd, an ethnographer at UC-Berkley, has a thought-provoking piece on her blog analyzing class division through Facebook and MySpace. Danah has spent years studying MySpace and teens.