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Facebook: Yay or Nay?

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

  1. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    I haven't signed for Facebook. I know people who are members and have urged me to join. I'm not 100 percent sold. What are the advantages/disadvantages?
     
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    babygreenspots Senior member

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    Seeing that I have over 650 friends always makes me feel content and satisfied with my life. It's a jolt of self-esteem every time.
     
  3. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    It's fun and a good way to catch up with people you know or used to know.

    I've reconnected with people all the way from kindergarten through grad school and keep in touch with new friends as well.

    On the downside, it's an even bigger timesuck than SF.
     
  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I registered, but have never used it. Apparently I have a few friends, but I don't know who they are, and have no idea how they found me.
     
  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I registered, but have never used it.

    Same here. My girfriend's obsessed with it. I don't get it, but at least she better understands my interest in SF now.
     
  6. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    I've found it a good way to reconnect with people you haven't seen in awhile. The only con is that you may not want to expose details of your personal life to strangers and your current or possibly future employer. I believe FB has options to control who sees your profile and how much they can see.
     
  7. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    On the downside, it's an even bigger timesuck than SF.



    This is my fear. It might take a lot of my time.
     
  8. nate10184

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    Don't post anything on there you wouldn't want your employer/future employer to see.

    I've heard that once you join, you can never really unjoin. Your info is stored even after you deactivate. It feels a little big brotherish to me but what on the internet doesn't these days.
     
  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Same here. My girfriend's obsessed with it. I don't get it, but at least she better understands my interest in SF now.
    We went out to dinner with my wife's oldest friend last week. The friend kept going on and on about the children their old high school acquintences had, who had gotten divorced, blah blah blah. She even offered to forward pictures to my wife. I was crying inside the entire time. I always figured that if I really wanted to stay in touch with people, I would have.
     
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    scarphe Senior member

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    do you already stay in contact with the people wiht whom you would like to stay in contact? if th answer is yes it is proabaly more of a bother because people you barely remember and friend of your siblings will talk to you for no apparent reason.
     
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    Yay. Make fun of all of the nerds in the styleforum group.
     
  12. spertia

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    I finally joined Facebook last year and have really enjoyed my time on the site. I would recommend it.
     
  13. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We went out to dinner with my wife's oldest friend last week. The friend kept going on and on about the children their old high school acquintences had, who had gotten divorced, blah blah blah. She even offered to forward pictures to my wife. I was crying inside the entire time. I always figured that if I really wanted to stay in touch with people, I would have.

    I already have too many people in contact with me. If people really want to talk, they can call me. If they're lucky, I might not even screen their call. The last thing I need to do with my time is read about how Tina from elementary school wubs her new kitty.
     
  14. Spiritinthesky

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    I'm a Yah! Loads of people I deal with at work are members, so it works well for me.
     
  15. Cary Grant

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    I got dragged into it recently and have chosen to keep it to just personal friends- no business relationships, etc. It's been good to reconnect with high school and college friends.

    I find it interesting how you find out which of those early relationships are the most meaningful now or, perhaps, most enduring.
     
  16. SField

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    I used it for a while, and I unfriended people with annoying profile updates.
     
  17. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Through facebook I was heartened to know that the reprobates I used to hang out with have gotten on with their lives and become (mostly) productive if counter-cultural members of the taxpaying class, with kids, mortgages, etc. I'm sure it's reciprocal on their end when they see that I've gotten a haircut and can tie a four-in-hand.

    Although I cringe to realize that the entitled douchebags at my old school remain entitled douchebags, but fortunately I don't have to read their crap and can de-friend the few who made it on my friend list at any time.
     
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    I already have too many people in contact with me. If people really want to talk, they can call me. If they're lucky, I might not even screen their call. The last thing I need to do with my time is read about how Tina from elementary school wubs her new kitty.

    +1

    Seems it's mostly for gossipy housewives, the ones that send me photo Christmas cards of their family. I log in once a month to look at pics of old college friends but my profile is blank.
     
  19. zubin

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    my high school called me up for some alumni directory. After i supplied themw ith some current information they asked if id like to purchase the book for ~$100. I laughed and told her i have facebook which is basically the same thing and hung up.

    Facebook stalking is key to getting in tight with girls you dont know, but would like to get to know [​IMG]
     
  20. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    ^^ Thomas-- I didn't know you can 'de-friend' a member once they're on your list. I'm fascinated. Facebok has been on the news the past couple of days.
     

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