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Facebook: Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Maharlika, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. samblau

    samblau Well-Known Member

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    I like it use it daily. My college years were at the tail end of the social networking site craze. I limit access to friends/friends of friends and simply don't add any of the annoying applications. I occasionally deny friend requests, usually from people I did not like way back when or people I only meet randomly once.
     
  2. ArtisticShowcase

    ArtisticShowcase Well-Known Member

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    I use it daily and used to post pictures that would be frowned upon by any employer. Then my internship boss friended me, then my oldest cousins did, then my aunt, then my own mother (I frown upon her using it).

    Now my Facebook page is G rated.
     
  3. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Well-Known Member

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    I resisted Facebook for a long time until a friend invited me and I couldn't say no. Since joining last year, it's basically become the hub of my social life. I've connected with friends from as far back as high school and friends from college with whom I'd lost touch. When I was back in the States during the summer, I was able to get together with one of my best friends from high school whom I hadn't seen in over 20 years.

    It doesn't take up a lot of my time.
     
  4. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    I signed up recently. I mostly added people from boarding school, very few from university. I've hardly used it since i added people except to meet up with an old buddy when i went to toronto. i'll probably post pics/updates from south america while i am down there. i don't understand people that spend hours and hours and hours on it though...
     
  5. appolyon

    appolyon Well-Known Member

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    I resisted it for a long time but have since joined. I don't take it too seriously, maybe on there once every couple of days. Certainly don't post pictures or status updates and my profile is probably the cleanest you'll come across.

    Goot to reconnect with old friends that you've just lost touch with for various reasons (it has been especially good for keeping in touch with my friends that are overseas).

    Also good to find out a bit more about some of the members here by joining the SF group.
     
  6. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    Biggest draw to me is that I can keep in touch with old friends and relatives scattered around the world. I have a couple of sisters in North America, cousins in Australia, friends I haven't seen and its great to have at least some communication with them, since as much as you want to interact with them personally there is really no time to do it.

    I also like Tokyo Slim's posted photos there.

    I mass delete every 6-8 weeks. If I can't think why you are on my list you aren't anymore.

    Please don't delete me... [​IMG]
     
  7. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Well-Known Member

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    I've found it a good way to reconnect with people you haven't seen in awhile.

    Ditto. Lots of HS friends are there. Our upcoming reunion was spurred by all the reconnecting that has gone on. I also keep up with former students on it. Everyday current friends I talk to via email for phone.

    Mostly it's for fun. I'm not overly obsessed with it (don't have any features on it; ignore most of those weird "So-and-so wants to send you a ___" or whatever they are requests. I have taken to sharing NYTimes articles on it though.

    b
     
  8. Lady Canuker

    Lady Canuker Well-Known Member

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    Please don't delete me... [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I have a special list for SFers so you're safe...


    for now...[​IMG]
     
  9. Tardek

    Tardek Well-Known Member

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    Don't do it, there are so many reasons you might regret it later.

    Soooooooooooooo many.
     
  10. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Well-Known Member

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    Don't do it, there are so many reasons you might regret it later.

    Soooooooooooooo many.


    So many reasons to regret putting a profile on Facebook? I doubt any adult person has too much to worry about. For starters, it wouldn't be his only form of communication with current friends (unlike some younger people who rely on high tech means to stay in touch). Further, he's not likely to post pictures of himself partying and drunk, etc.

    The worst you have to face will be the annoying requests to add features to your profile. I ignore them.

    b
     
  11. The_Rover

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    I wouldn't waste your time. You will spend the first 100 hours on it finding your current friends, then people from college, then high school. It will seem exhilarating at first, catching up with all of them, seeing who married whom, who moved where blah blah blah...

    Then the people you couldn't stand will find you. So will the people that you met once. Then the people you don't know. Before you know it all you are getting are updates on people you don't care about. Chances are you will get all the information on your real friends via a personal method before you see it on Faceblog.

    Do yourself a favor and avoid it at all costs.
     
  12. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't waste your time. You will spend the first 100 hours on it . . .

    100 hours??!! [​IMG]

    It would take me at least the next 5 years to come anywhere near logging that amount of time on FB.

    Don't blow this thing out of proportion. It can be a useful tool. For example, thanks to taking a chance on accepting from people I didn't know but who had friends in common, I now have my finger on the pulse of some of the best parties in Tokyo at any given time.

    So far, I have yet to see any downside to FB.
     
  13. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] I have a special list for SFers so you're safe...


    for now...[​IMG]


    Is that your pic in your avatar or did you snatch it from somewhere? [​IMG]
     
  14. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] I have a special list for SFers so you're safe...


    for now...[​IMG]


    I promise I won't superpoke you, throw you a chicken, or enlist you in mob wars.
     
  15. APK

    APK Well-Known Member

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    I like it for finding old friends, quickly touching base with current ones, and occasionally interacting with people I can stand not to see very often. A lot of people abuse it, though, using it as a forum to air their dirty laundry and be all woe-is-me. Then again, those sorts of people will find a way to do that in virtually any situation or forum.
     
  16. Bradford

    Bradford Well-Known Member

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    I promise I won't superpoke you, throw you a chicken, or enlist you in mob wars.

    I will admit that the endless requests are kind of annoying. There's usually a SKIP button rather than being forced to invite 25 friends or whatever. I try to find that option, but if I can't I often just don't worry about my result because finding out which Superhero or which Character from the Breakfast Club really isn't all that important.
     
  17. Misanthropic90

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  18. Lady Canuker

    Lady Canuker Well-Known Member

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    I will admit that the endless requests are kind of annoying. There's usually a SKIP button rather than being forced to invite 25 friends or whatever. I try to find that option, but if I can't I often just don't worry about my result because finding out which Superhero or which Character from the Breakfast Club really isn't all that important.

    They have the Report Forced Invites link which is great. I try to make sure I only send stuff to friends who actively use the same app, I'm sure I slip up once in a while but I do try.
     
  19. Lady Canuker

    Lady Canuker Well-Known Member

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    Is that your pic in your avatar or did you snatch it from somewhere? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Britalian

    Britalian Well-Known Member

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    Christ, NO! 1000x no.

    And the Latitude thing ! Why TF would I want to be pinpointable at any time? Big Brother Creep. Good for teenagers, maybe.
     

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