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We all know Facebook is phenomenally successful, but why, in light of concerns over privacy Make Sure You're Secure With Facebook's New Privacy Settings - A Complete Guide Make Sure You're Secure With Facebook's New Privacy Settings - A Complete Guide Facebook also means two other things: frequent changes and privacy concerns. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Facebook, is that they’re not really concerned about what we like or our privacy. Nor should they... Read More , the selling off of user data Facebook Makes Money Out Of Your Data – Why Shouldn’t You? Facebook Makes Money Out Of Your Data – Why Shouldn’t You? There are so many free services online because companies can profit from the data you provide. Companies like Facebook sell (or buy) your data to third parties, while ones like Google use your data to... Read More , constant changes to the default settings Make Sure You're Secure With Facebook's New Privacy Settings - A Complete Guide Make Sure You're Secure With Facebook's New Privacy Settings - A Complete Guide Facebook also means two other things: frequent changes and privacy concerns. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Facebook, is that they’re not really concerned about what we like or our privacy. Nor should they... Read More , and experiments on unsuspecting members of the public Don’t Be an Experiment: How to Control Your Facebook News Feed Don’t Be an Experiment: How to Control Your Facebook News Feed What determines what is and isn't a top Facebook post? How often you interact with a person, topics you're interested in, how many likes or comments the post attracts, and – apparently – psychological experiments. Read More , does anyone carry on using it?

We asked, you answered, and the results have been pulled together to form some fascinating conclusions outlined below.

Facebook Friends Frenzy

We asked you, Why Are You Still Using Facebook? The response was overwhelming, with well over 100 people chiming in with their reasons for continuing to use Facebook. There were many reasons given, but one was mentioned more often than the rest.

The main reason people still use Facebook is because everyone else uses it. This shouldn’t come as a great surprise to anyone, as it’s a fact that with 1.3 billion users, Facebook is where all your friends are likely to be.

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However, it may be of some concern to Facebook that the biggest hold it has on its users is the size of its userbase. What happens if a better alternative Is There Anything Left For Facebook Alternatives? [Opinion] Is There Anything Left For Facebook Alternatives? [Opinion] Being #1 is tough. For any sports fans out there, Facebook is the Patriots, Yankees, and Heat of its kind. The social network is so methodically "good" to the point that we're ready to jump... Read More comes along and people decamp en masse? This explains why Facebook has been so quick to acquire potential rivals such as Instagram and Whatsapp.

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This was by no means the only reason our readership gave for still using Facebook. As promised by the title there are plenty more worth mentioning. These are just 10 of the reasons our readers gave for still using Facebook…

  • Because Facebook works as an RSS reader for news.
  • Because it’s required to log in to other websites.
  • Because you can use it to build a professional profile.
  • Because you can use it to share photos easily.
  • Because Facebook offers free video messaging.
  • Because it’s an easy way of organizing events.
  • Because Facebook groups are better than bulletin boards.
  • Because it’s the easiest method for remembering birthdays.
  • Because it offers a simple way of spreading awful opinions.
  • Because it’s better than Google+.

So, what have we learned? That people are still using Facebook despite the stunts the company continues to pull. Why? Because nothing else works quite as well as Facebook does, and what alternatives there are only have a fraction of the users Facebook boasts. Ergo, Facebook wins.

Facebook wins, but only for the time being. A new rival could emerge in time, and refuse to be acquired by Facebook. If enough people start using the new rival instead of Facebook then a tipping point will eventually occur. At that (currently) fictional moment in time, Facebook becomes the new MySpace. And that’s a fate we wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Matt Black, Arl, and Aedwin. Comment Of The Week goes to Linda, who won with this comment Why Are You Still Using Facebook? [We Ask You] Why Are You Still Using Facebook? [We Ask You] Facebook isn't exactly a beloved institution, and yet it's able to deflect most criticism. Why is that? Read More :

I continue to use Facebook for a couple of reasons, the main one being that I am home bound and Facebook allows me a place to interact with friends and family in a single arena. It allows me to interact and “participate” in their lives even though i am physically unable to be with them, wherever they may be.

Also, because I am a shut-in, I play a lot of “social” games, games that depend on friends and “neighbors” to complete goals. Facebook, is the only place that offers some of these games (Farmville, for example) and, having met and becoming friends with some of my co-gamers nearly five years ago, they have become very important to me. Our friendships have developed far beyond the constraints of the gaming world and they have become very real friends – friends that, often times, will notice my absence way before family or so called “real life” friends.

Until there is another, more secure and widely accepted way to keep up this same sort of interaction with those people that make a difference in my life, I will remain on Facebook, guard myself and my life as diligently as possible.

We chose this comment purely because it’s a reminder that Facebook isn’t all bad. While we asked this question from a negative perspective, this commenter informed us how Facebook has actually improved her life for the better. Which is rather nice to hear.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. lol
    June 8, 2016 at 4:26 am

    facebook is dumb

  2. orvel of1984
    August 6, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Why?
    To be able comment here!
    ..
    Well...
    If you not on Facebook NSA will mark you as suspicious or terrorist and ban from Flying, these days Facebook is used as background check by everybody, even stores is asking for your account if you want something for with you intend to pay letter.

  3. ousaf
    May 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Every one here should admit a fact that we don't use facebook because of it's many handy features but we use facebook only because "OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMEBERS ARE THERE"

    let's suppose a scenario, somehow your friends and family members left the facebook.com and start using xyz.com social network and that social network is lack of features like no real time chatting system, no groups, no social games "JUST A SIMPLE SOCIAL NETWORK". where your friends and family members are..!

    Then I'll ask from you a simple question that "DO YOU STILL WANT TO USE FACEBOOK.COM"?

    I know what the answer is still I want to hear from you

  4. reno
    February 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    i think it is not bad to use fb but if it dosnt take aur daily time

  5. sarim khan
    January 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    In my opinion
    It is the place where we can express our feel nd much more, in short a great timepass.....
    Regardly
    I think those ppl who use fb daily nd make it habit,,,, did u know y ,,,, Becoz they feel insecure to talk with their partner in real they use to hide themselves behind fb coz they didn't have confidence itself to talk directly.....
    Actually ppl u know what is our problem that we always scared from what others think about u, if we remove this thing i surely say that we never use to hide behind these social networking sites nd life will be more liable nd easy.....
    Hope i clear ma poin.

    • akhila Upendra
      July 12, 2016 at 3:26 am

      Sarim Khan , that's a good point too.

  6. angellina
    December 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    all of my college school mates are right now

  7. Philip Bates
    July 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Yep, that's basically why I use Facebook: all my old school/college/uni mates are on there. I don't like it otherwise; much prefer Twitter.

    Facebook is just a black hole of private information, and I don't like the interface. Nonetheless, it is a handy tool for... oh, I dunno - advertising your own MakeUseOf articles ? ;)

  8. Iain
    July 19, 2014 at 9:32 am

    That depends on how much you want to be analysed....

  9. ???? ?
    July 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Facebook has very good system analytics.

  10. ???? ?
    July 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Facebook has very good system analytics.

  11. Nathan V
    July 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Just quit Facebook two weeks ago. I'm a 22 years old student and I do firmly believe that it is possible to live without it. I actually have a better social life now than before, quite it requires more efforts.

    If you want to see my dedicated article : http://nathanvringd.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/i-quit-facebook/

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