Mother Board's Alec Liu has written this provocative piece on how Facebook -- a site that everyone uses but that nobody really loves -- will meet its bitter end.
Let's not forget everything Facebook has done for us. In leveraging our social curiosity and innate egomania, Mark Zuckerberg unleashed a social revolution, compelling us to share even the most mundane aspects of our lives. No longer anonymous trolls scouring the wild west of the web, we now had an online presence defined by our actual names, a virtual representation of ourselves with a perpetual audience. Suddenly, we were empowered, intoxicated even, by our constant connectedness.
And for the past eight years, Facebook has been the central neural network of the Internet's link-sharing brain. But as the site has grown, so have our needs. Now that the company's public, it's crunch time, and the skeptics and haters are lining up to talk about how it might all end. One thing's for certain: whether it's a bang or a whimper, Facebook is not forever. How could it collapse? Let me count the ways.