Is Facebook now more popular than Friendster in the Philippines?

During the past few weeks, I’ve discovered that more and more of my friends are now in Facebook.  Just a year ago, I still didn’t have a Facebook profile.  The past few years, I’ve been pretty much satisfied with Friendster.  As most of my friends are also there, I didn’t find the need to create a profile on another “social networking” website.  But ever since I joined Facebook, I’ve seen a gradual increase in the number of my fiends who were in Friendster that are now also using Facebook.  And the more friends I am connected to, the more I am fascinated with the features of Facebook.

What are you doing right now?

One of the more popular features used by Facebook members is the status update labelled “What are you doing right now?”.  I guess a lot of people want to let the whole world know what they’ve been up to the last few days, or hours…or even minutes.  Some users drop a one liner status like “having the greatest time of my life in …” while other can speak more in just one word like “zzzzz”.  Others like to be profound but barely making sense, while others like to be funny. 

The wonderful thing about these status updates is the ongoing comments from friends and colleagues.  Sometimes, the comments border on wild and funny ideas, but often times, people just want to say they’re there to listen.

I am a fan!

Another thing that I find interesting in Facebook is the numerous ways on how people can express what they like.  For example, I am a fan of Roger Federer, so obviously, I want my friends to know that about me.  What better way to do that than just clicking the “I am a fan” button in Roger Federer’s facebook profile?  Others, would like to find causes that inspire them.  Just a few days ago, the passing away of a great nationalistic Filipino Rapper, Francis Magalona, inspired a lot of Filipinos to voice out their support and love through fan profiles.  On the other end, oher people just want to let the world know of their favorite movies, TV shows, or even favorite food. 

I am tagged in a Photo

One of the most popular uses of social networking sites is to share photos with friends.  One of my college friends, for example, posted a photo of our “barkada” [a group of friends] about 10 years ago.  It’s a nice feeling to be able to remember what we were like then.  It certainly made me miss college and left a big smile on my face. 

The one thing I am amazed in Facebook photos is the tagging.  Thanks to Facebook, I can now be “tagged” on my friends’ photos.  Now, I don’t have to copy the same photo into my profile.  It automatically links those photos to me.  Sweet!

I am still fairly new with Facebook.  To be honest I haven’t really been that active with it.  But I am constantly amazed with the buzz and activity within my friend’s network.  It’s surprising.  It’s exciting.  And it’s definitely a lot of fun. 

So, is Facebook now more popular than Friendster in the Philippines?  What do you think?

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6 Responses to Is Facebook now more popular than Friendster in the Philippines?

  1. Flo March 26, 2009 at 12:45 am #

    A lot of kids still use Friendster, I believe; like teenagers and high-schoolers. I think Facebook is more popular among the older generation, though. As for me, I’ve stopped using Friendster for some time. It’s just nothing compared to Facebook. ^^

  2. akosiallan March 26, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    I totally agree.

  3. Polprav October 22, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  4. vhictor December 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    no doubt friendster is more popular than you tube,although it’s popular I still used friendster because it is easy to invite new friends unlike facebook that everytime you will invite someone you’re required to fill-up the recaptcha form..this is what I dont like with facebook…

  5. Rich Money Habits December 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    @Vhictor, good to know you like friendster’s invite better than facebook. You might also be delighted to know that friendster has recently re-designed their website. Now it’s colored green with a different smiley icon! 🙂

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