Poll suggests many consider Facebook a passing fad

A new national poll suggests people aren't so sure Facebook is anything more than just a passing fad.

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A new national poll suggests people aren't so sure Facebook is anything more than just a passing fad.

Despite more than 900 million active users, a poll conducted by the Associated Press and CNBC found that 46 percent of respondents think Facebook will fade away as new things come along, while 43 percent think it will be successful over the long haul.

"I think it's here to stay," said Sandra Bach, who is visiting Indianapolis from Kansas.

Bach and her friend Mary Tolbert said they both enjoy uploading photos to their profiles through their phones, but they don't agree about Facebook's future.

"I think it's here to stay until the next big thing comes along and that could be a year or 12 years down the road," said Mary Tolbert.

"I don't think Facebook is going to be replaced. Honestly, they have a lot of smart people working there, so I think it's going to change and adapt,” said Philip Sanders, an IUPUI student. “Just like the Facebook now is very different from the Facebook we saw five years ago, I think the Facebook in five years is going to be a very different animal."

The survey comes as Facebook is about to go public as a company. Despite respondent's doubts about the long term outlook, 51 percent still said they believe Facebook would be a good investment.

Bill Tungate said he'd love to invest in the company.

"It would have been nice, you know, 20 years ago to invest in Apple," Tungate said.

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