Facebook is, well, kind of the hybrid of all the other social media sites that people use. The features that are Facebook has that compares to other social media sites is as follows:
- The status bar is essentially Twitter, but with more options
- The ability to add a location is essentially Foursquare
- Being able to add the book your reading is like Goodreads
- The ability to upload pictures and videos is comparable to Instagram, YouTube or Flickr
Clearly, there are far more features then the five I listed above. But Facebook’s niche is, in some ways, harder to figure out. However, if I had to slap a clear label of Facebook’s niche, it would be games. Event though Facebook has more to offer then games, it seems to be one of the only real big draws to the site.
After all, who hasn’t heard about Candy Crush? It has been one of my two Facebook ‘go to’ games, the other game being FarmVille 2.
Even though games seem to be a big draw, two other things that seem to be a good draw are Facebook groups and Facebook pages.
With Facebook groups, they allow for people to work together and to plan things. I personally have mix feels about Facebook groups: on one hand, they make it easy to get information to people faster prior to meetings and on the other hand, it seems like groups make it harder to have deep conversations at times.
But with Facebook pages, the thing I like about them is that they are a great way to get information out if you’re a business or musician or nonprofit or something else. This is nice for the fact that it allows for information from the managers of the page to pass along information to people who like it faster.
But Facebook is definitely the hybrid of several social media sites. Granted, Facebook was around before most of them; even so, it’s hard not to look at Facebook any other way.