France’s Little Addiction

Défilé de Haute Couture Stéphane Rolland (automne-hiver) 2009/2010

3184916905_835b9ca251When you think of France, what usually comes to mind?

Couture fashion runways, fresh croissants, couples intertwined with the Eiffel Tower as their backdrop? How about this image: a 15 year old sitting with a Hot Pocket, clicking through photos (of strangers and friends alike) on Facebook at 2:00 a.m.? The second scene might be the most fitting.

Research done in February of 2008 shows that Facebook is now “ranked as the most popular social networking site with 12 million visitors, growing 443 percent over the course of the past year”. Though France was behind the U.K. and Germany, they are still a force to be reckoned with a 443% change from 07-08 in Facebook.com users alone, the same year the French option of Facebook was introduced. Outside of the previous study, Facebook has also grown in other French speaking cultures such as Canada where in April of this year, Facebook  made Canadian French available on the site.

To complete the translation from English to Canadian French, users who
added the Facebook translation application were allowed to submit translations
while browsing the site. The community then approved all translations through
a voting system that "voted up" or "voted down" each translation.

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In the future, when you think of France, the first thing that comes to mind might not be images of Haute Couture fashion, excellent cuisine or ancient beauty. Instead you may get the same images when you picture home:  A comfy seat, some munchies and hours to waste on the world of Facebook.