Facebook fights back, claims Princeton will lose all students by 2021

By Shawn Knight
Jan 24, 2014
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  1. Not to be outdone by Princeton’s recent paper predicting the death of Facebook by 2017, the social network’s own “scientists” have applied the school’s same robust methodology to, well, Princeton University. In keeping with the same principle of “correlation equals...

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  2. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,283   +229

    As much as I may generally dislike Facebook, this is a brilliant counter-example to point out how you can take any arbitrary data and correlate it to "prove" any theory you might entertain.

    It should really embarrass a prestigious school like Princeton to have thrown such a half-assed prediction out into the world... I'm sure this little Facebook rebuttal will help in that regard.
  3. Hahaha this is hilarious. Go back to school noobs.
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 201   +24

    IMHO, it sounds like Princeton treats this as if it were a virus. The more people with a virus have contact with those who do not, the more it spreads. As I see it, this viewpoint is not that far off from reality. To me, Facebook is yet another fad. Fads come and fads go just like viruses. Humans have a pack mentality, and keeping up with the Jones' is important to some, and if you are not on Facebook right now, you are just not keeping up with the Jones'. Others, like myself, have no interest in the site, as I could care less about what the Jones' are doing.

    Fads fade. Will 80% of the current users stop using it? That is hard to tell. What might make it more difficult to tell if the user base is still as large three years from now is the fact that people might just stop using it without going through the tedious process of "completely" deleting their account. Facebook will almost certainly hang onto every single user account that they possibly can for as long as they can because the more users they have the more money they make, perhaps even if those accounts are no longer actively used.
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 201   +24

    Princeton, OTOH, has a reputation gleaned over 100s of years, and, IMHO, it is childish for Facebook "scientists" to claim that Princeton will have no students by 2021.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,041   +218

    Its even more childish for princeton students to say facebook will fade in just 3 years it kinda shows how stupid princeton people are if you think about it logically.
  7. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 119   +20

    HAHA Nice Burn
  8. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    Yeah, well said.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    You know! Looking at those last four dots, they have a steeper decline that points closer to 2015. This is a strong prediction with a 5 year security net.

    Edit:
    How much you want to bet this was Princeton's goal from the beginning. They knew they could get a massive scale of free advertising, if they attacked one of the largest known social organizations. I'd almost be willing to bet the numbers rise again next year because of this.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014
  10. I can't prove it but I think Princeton's claims have higher odds or realization than Facebook's claims. Princeton, if they had to, can force the issue by building a superior compettitor to FB.
  11. Mike Steele

    Mike Steele TechSpot Member Posts: 37   +6

    I bet most of you won't like and share this, you know who you are.
     
  12. dms96960

    dms96960 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 220   +19

    Apparently, senses of humor have been lost during these posts.
  13. I think this is very much true. Basing on the fact that Myspace came and it was throttled by facebook. We all know that its more convenient n quick to use Whatsapp, and the likes. So don't be surprised when facebook is replaced in the near future.
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,789   +702

    How's this for a prediction: Princeton will still be going strong long after Facebook has become extinct.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    ^^ That would also be my prediction.


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