When you Google ‘if Facebook was a country’ you get 1.8 billion hits. How many times people have tried to dazzle you with so called facts like these? But what a ridiculous comparison. Or is it? Let’s do a quick check below.
Facebook: country or not?
1-When u enter a country you need to id yourself. Hm. When you sign up for Facebook you need to id yourself. Facebook seems to be a country.
2-When you have entered the country you need to behave. When you are on Facebook there are rules as well you have to oblige to. Facebook seems to be country.
3-When you are in the country itself, you can move freely without being watched all the time (this goes for free countries that is). When on Facebook you’re being watched all the time. Facebook doesn’t seem a country.
4-When you are in your country you can go to your house and almost do whatever you want, like walking around naked, picking your nose, etc. Not on Facebook. Ok, you can create groups on Facebook, but whatever you put out there can be seen by your Facebook friends and furthermore when they comment on your stupidities their friends can also share in the ‘fun’. Nothing private or inhome about that. So, Facebook a country? I don’t think so.
The Cool (world of Facebook).
The world might more and more be going into a state where everyone can get to know everything about everyone, but there still is some privacy left in your own house; luckily. Thinking about Facebook the reason people prefer to post the coolest, nicest things they do might actually originate from the fact it is not private.
Apples and Pears.
To be honest, I am not even sure why you would compare Facebook to a country. It’s like saying, if Europe was a country it would have won the most metals at the Olympics (yes, including Britain as being part of Europe). Yeah, so? It’s not a country! They are incomparable. As we say in Holland: it’s comparing apples to pears (for the English: apples and oranges), or better yet apples to for example chocolate.
Facebook is Facebook: for some a good and commercial addition to our social life (for others something they don’t use nor understand). To stay in touch with friends far away, sometimes regaining long lost friends and an easy way to stay in touch with your favorite bands and brands and talk to other people who like them as well. Let’s just consider it to be just that and stop comparing apples, pears, oranges and chocolate.