Facebook Says The Written Word Is Coming To An End
Death to the hastily-written post about a political belief, long live the hastily-shot video about a sandwich.
Facebook has long been the proving ground of social media. An early pioneer, we saw it go through growing pains, then we saw it go public and go through something that was like growing pains if being run through by a sword can be called "pains." We saw our parents and even grandparents jump on board the ship, sinking it with their dad bods and bizarre posts that seemed to consist of made-up stories that happened in line at the grocery store. And now, Nicola Mendelsohn, head of Facebook operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, is predicting that the written word will no longer be used on Facebook within the next couple of years.
The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video...It conveys so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually the trend helps us to digest much more information.
Facebook claims that this is a user-based trend. Cassie Werber at Quartz asked whether it's possible that Facebook's method of algorithmically promoting video over text might have something to do with this trend, and of course, Mendelsohn said no.
What say you? Would you miss the written word on Facebook? Do you think this projection is accurate?
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