Is “Facebook Fatigue” real or imagined? We’ve been hearing about a supposed backlash against the social network for months, but haven’t seen enough data to convince us. But here’s another piece of anecdotal evidence in favour of the “played-out” argument: An interesting word association game, which indicates that people have much more affection for old Web geezers like Amazon and Google than Mark Zuckerberg’s upstart.
The experiment, via a site called brandtags.net, is anything but scientific. But it is simple: The site shows a brand’s logo and simply asks you to type the first word that pops into your head.
Here are the top 25 words or phrases on Brand Tags currently associated with Facebook (descriptive words are bolded):
friends, social, college, annoying, people, facebook, fun, boring, kids, lame, community, social networking, myspace, waste of time, addictive, social network, network, networking, stupid, young, useless, crap, internet, stalker, s***
Compare that list with Amazon’s:
books, book, everything, shopping, convenient, easy, buy, cheap, awesome, fast, online, smile, great, shop, amazon, useful, internet, good, online shopping, shipping, amazing, store, reliable, cool, huge
search, google, internet, search engine, awesome, god, evil, smart, useful, everything, cool, find, fun, fast, good, big brother, information, everywhere, simple, great, innovative, ubiquitous, helpful, amazing, love