I was prodded into joining Facebook late last summer by the swarm of younger co-workers who revere me as something of a God — if my translation of their native language is correct — for my gregarious charm and seersucker pants.
Of course, before Facebook was all the rage, there was MySpace. I never started a MySpace page because I would rather remove my own eyeballs, fill my ocular cavities with butane and stare into the sun until my face burst into flames than look at most MySpace pages.
According to TechCrunch, April 2008 marks the moment when Facebook finally caught up to MySpace, with both sites registering about 115 million users per month. By comparison, Pax Arcana attracts roughly 275 biznillion users according to the phony documents I send to potential advertisers.
What’s interesting to me is that most of Facebook’s most recent growth comes from abroad:
Facebook added 75 million monthly uniques over the last twelve month, but just 13 million of those visitors are located in the U.S. MySpace added 5 million U.S. uniques during that period – at this rate it will take 4+ years for Facebook to catch up to MySpace in the U.S. market.
More than four years? By that time, instead of blogging and Facebooking, we’ll all be glorping and RedRocketing or something. I’m old. I suck.
On to the songs:
Pot Kettle Black — Wilco
Education — Modest Mouse
Prenzlauerberg — Beirut
Don’t Touch That Dial! — Bettie Serveert
Wildcat — Ratatat
D. Feathers — Bettie Serveert
It’s a Fire — Portishead
Sleep Sunshine — The Whigs
Eiffel Tower High — Hüsker Dü
’92 Subaru — Fountains of Wayne
Wishing Well — Terrence Trent D’Arby
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.