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Beethoven9th
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January 22nd, 2014 at 4:35:48 PM permalink
Quote: BleedingChipsSlowly

Facebook will fade and give way to social media more tuned to smaller mobile platforms, e.g. cell phones, tablets.


I totally agree. Facebook looks like a juggernaut today, but so did Yahoo in the mid-90's. Then Google came along. Internet Explorer was also a behemoth not too long ago. Then along came Chrome. And BlackBerry was huge several years ago, but today it's pathetic.

Granted, Facebook isn't going anywhere any time soon, but I don't think it's as irreplaceable as many people think.
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kewlj
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January 22nd, 2014 at 4:51:43 PM permalink
I am no longer on Facebook. I strongly believe my Facebook profile played a part in me being robbed several years ago at gun point, right out side my condo complex. I place the blame on myself and my own stupidity more than Facebook, but I do think it can be a real bad thing in this day and age. You really need to minimize where you have info about yourself. Those evil-doer can take a seemingly small insignificant piece of info and add it to the puzzle. They get enough pieces and bad things can happen.

But I will say that I agree with EvenBob. For extended families spread out all over the country, it can be a useful way to keep in touch and share pictures and such. Just be careful and always remember more than just your extended family is watching.
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reno
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January 22nd, 2014 at 5:00:47 PM permalink
That damn website is a pain in the ass. It complicates things: I didn't want my boss at work to know what I was doing that day I called in "sick", but sure enough my wife absent-mindedly posted about our fun "sick" day on Facebook and the boss had some tough questions for me when I returned to work. Goddamned Facebook. (Ferris Bueller would have been screwed by Facebook, no?) My cousin announced on Facebook that she was pregnant, but I didn't read the whole post and missed the part about keeping it a surprise from her mom. So I mention to my mom that my cousin is pregnant and my mom calls up my aunt and the surprise was ruined. Why? Because I didn't read the whole post on Facebook. Goddamned Facebook. It complicates things.

What I find amazing is that so many other corporations will plaster the Facebook logo on their products to encourage folks to "like" the product on Facebook. I'm skeptical that "liking" a brand on Facebook helps sales significantly. Amazon wants me to post about my purchases on Facebook, but frankly I don't want the world to know what I'm buying at Amazon. Caesars wants me to install a casino game on my Facebook page (they'll reward me with 200 Total Rewards credits!) but there are several "friends" of mine on Facebook that I don't want to share this with. Hyatt Hotels will pay for children's literacy programs in poverty-stricken neighborhoods of India, but only if you "like" Hyatt on Facebook, so there are literally starving children depending on us to use Facebook. Goddamned Facebook.
AxiomOfChoice
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January 22nd, 2014 at 5:03:40 PM permalink
Quote: reno

That damn website is a pain in the ass. It complicates things: I didn't want my boss at work to know what I was doing that day I called in "sick", but sure enough my wife absent-mindedly posted about our fun "sick" day on Facebook and the boss had some tough questions for me when I returned to work. Goddamned Facebook. (Ferris Bueller would have been screwed by Facebook, no?) My cousin announced on Facebook that she was pregnant, but I didn't read the whole post and missed the part about keeping it a surprise from her mom. So I mention to my mom that my cousin is pregnant and my mom calls up my aunt and the surprise was ruined. Why? Because I didn't read the whole post on Facebook. Goddamned Facebook. It complicates things.



My solution to this problem is:

1. Real friends and family ONLY as FB friends. Not acquaintances, and not coworkers.
2. Everything I post is visible to friends only. Post nothing publicly!
3. Don't allow yourself to be tagged in the posts of others. Always untag yourself.

Or, a shorter, 1-step solution:

1. Don't use facebook.
charliepatrick
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January 22nd, 2014 at 5:09:32 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

...[good]...if you have a large extended family...

I agree it's good for keeping in contact on things like holidays, big events etc. with families and friends that are far away or you haven't seen for a while. I don't agree with those who make hourly reports on what they had for breakfast etc.

Personally I haven't yet got into the new phones (with their picture ability, connecting to internet, even watching TV or football matches) but I probably will one day.

One thing Facebook seems to get wrong is p***ing off its users by changing things too much; some people liked what they used to have. One day they may go too far, probably even more than the Windows 8 issue, and that will be the end. Unlike sticking with camera companies (because you already have the lenses) there isn't a similar issue with Facebook, you just move to a different platform and tell your close friends - others friends eventually follow/find you.
EvenBob
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January 22nd, 2014 at 5:29:54 PM permalink
Quote: AxiomOfChoice

My solution to this problem is:

1. Real friends and family ONLY as FB friends. .



I have fam only, no friends, and I never post
there. I make comments but never post. I'm
old, nobody cares what I do, but I like reading
what everybody else is doing.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
Mission146
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January 22nd, 2014 at 6:04:08 PM permalink
Reno,

Could have been a blog, I award you Best Observational Post of January 2014!

On Facebook

Oh, and I hate it. I only use it for MyVegas with a fake name. I had one with my real name and deleted it because you'll have everyone you've ever met (75% of whom you never liked in the first place) requesting you as a friend. If you either ignore or deny the request, they still see when you last logged on, and then the inevitably run into you at the grocery store. To make matters worse, they recognize you at the store, but you don't recognize them, so now you have people, who are complete strangers as far as you know, in your face about why you didn't book them.

I just want to talk to who I want to talk to, which means, if I didn't meet you on here or ask for someone's permission, in-person, to put them on my Facebook Friends, then I don't want them there. I don't want to keep in touch with a girl with whom I went on three dates thirteen years ago, there's a reason that we only went on three dates, which is closely related to why we haven't talked in thirteen years!

So, I deleted it all. I have three Friends, now, I thought about re-friending all of my people on my new account which is not in my name, but that'd be too much of a pain.

If anyone on here plays MyVegas and wants to be my Friend, I'm good with that, PM me and you can have my Facebook handle.
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djatc
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January 23rd, 2014 at 12:11:19 PM permalink
Same here mission. Only used it for myvegas and the status updates from randoms drove me insane. I don't care about your subway lunch and your coworker that smells like old eggs. Also no nude pix = no quality images
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EvenBob
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January 23rd, 2014 at 12:35:14 PM permalink
Quote: Mission146



So, I deleted it all. I have three Friends, now, I thought about re-friending all of my people on my new account which is not in my name, .



You guys crack me up. I would never have a FB
account in my own name. Mine is in a pseudo
and no pics of me at all on it. Pick and choose
who you want to be friends with, for me it's
all family. And never make posts yourself, nobody
cares what you're doing. Great way to monitor
other people, though. It's a tool, use it as one.

If you run into somebody and they want to FB you, just
say 'whats that' and they'll never bother you again.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
1BB
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January 23rd, 2014 at 2:01:04 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

You guys crack me up. I would never have a FB
account in my own name. Mine is in a pseudo
and no pics of me at all on it. Pick and choose
who you want to be friends with, for me it's
all family. And never make posts yourself, nobody
cares what you're doing. Great way to monitor
other people, though. It's a tool, use it as one.

If you run into somebody and they want to FB you, just
say 'whats that' and they'll never bother you again.



You mean nobody wants to see a picture of your evening meal or your favorite drink? Who knew?
Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth. - Mahatma Ghandi

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