I’m afraid that Facebook may have done the social networking equivalent of jumping the shark. What does this mean? I defer to wikipedia for a good description:
Jumping the shark is a colloquialism used by TV critics and fans to denote that point in a TV show or movie series’ history where the plot veers off into absurd story lines or out-of-the-ordinary characterizations, particularly for a show with falling ratings apparently becoming more desperate to draw viewers in. In the process of undergoing these changes, the TV or movie series loses its original appeal. Shows that have “jumped the shark” are typically deemed to have passed their peak.
Now, I love me some social networking, but once the plastic ladies of the fourth hour of the Today Show got their own page, which they don’t maintain, it seemed to reach a new level. They even have an assistant they refer to once in a while whose sole purpose, is to update their page and to report to them the status of how many friends they have. Trying too hard perhaps?