Facebook has put an alert up on the site’s network pages, alerting users that the network pages will no longer exists and suggesting that they go use groups instead. No word on why Facebook has decided to do this but back in April, Facebook completely killed network tab from within their navigation. A quick look at a geographic network page reveals that a large portion of the posts appear to be spam.
This move also emphasizes Facebook’s desire to focus on connecting people that already have a real-life connection rather than having people meet through the site. Unfortunately I don’t have any statistics on network page usage but I can guarantee you that traffic dropped substantially following their removal from the navigation. The removal of network pages also emphasizes how Facebook is looking to avoid duplication of content.
Will you miss the network pages? Did you ever use them? What impact do you think the removal will have on the overall experience on Facebook?