Nishtha KanalJan 16, 2014 14:20:47 IST
Blame it on the fact that he has two teenaged daughters or just the fact that he has his hand on the pulse of social networks, but US President Barack Obama knows Facebook is losing its cool quotient among the hip set.
The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer happened to randomly encounter US President Obama in a cafe in Washington D.C. The president was having a chat with a group about healthcare in the country. Meyer eavesdroped into the conversation and found the president to be quite up to date in terms of what's happening with Facebook and in pop culture.
The conversation that started off with the group talking about Beyonce and cell phones for teenagers veered towards social networking websites. Obama was evidently aware of a few messaging apps, and noted one in particular that displays messages for only a few seconds. Another person at the table informed him that he was talking about Snapchat. Obama then said, “It seems like they [youngsters] don’t use Facebook anymore.”
Essentially, Facebook’s teenager problems are not news limited to tech publications and social networking enthusiasts, but it’s something even the President of the US is aware about. What’s even cooler is the fact that he too knows about the rise in popularity of self-destructing messaging app Snapchat.
It all started last year, when despite an stellar third-quarter, Facebook had an uncomfortable announcement to make – it was seeing teenagers depart in droves. The social networking website’s CFO, David Ebersman, said that the company’s hold on teenagers was fast fading. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, later came out to say that the news was being blown out of proportion. However, reports have shown that Facebook is indeed turning into a bit of a graveyard as far as teenagers are concerned, despite the fact that it’s still seeing sign-ups by the older populace anyway. Messaging applications are gaining ground with Facebook’s fall and Snapchat is amongst the foremost to pick up the pieces. Don’t believe us? Just ask Obama.
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