Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Frank, Jul 30, 2012.
I confess. I don't use Facebook, and I own guns. Please lock me up before it's too late.
This crap is so inane.
Before there was Facebook , there was MySpace, and before there was MySpace, there was LiveJournal.
I was blogging before the term "blog" was ever invented. I put up one of the original before-there-were-blog-blogs on the Ruby Ridge fiasco by with a domain name + an extra account at an ISP + Microsoft FrontPage.
LiveJournal was great. You could expound at length on whatever you cared about in your own LJ. Use of pseudonyms was encouraged -- it was actually against the LJ TOS to figure out and reveal the identities of others (in or out of LJ).
MySpace for the most part was LJ infested with BloatWare. The structure encouraged you to overexpose your inner self to all your "friends", but outwardly you could still blog a bit and still pretend to have some modicum of anonymity.
FaceBook uses your real name, chucks your privacy out the window, and is totally useless for blogging. The only reason I'm in FB at all is to register applications (e.g. TUG) so other FB users can use their FB membership to auto-register with the forum Every time I go in there I am totally appalled at all the *ssph*ts that want to be "friends". Yes, most of my relatives and acquantances are nice people but I have no intention of exposing my life to them in FB.
These days I use forum software (I have 6 using XenForo & 3 using vBullentin) and WordPress (3 WP blogs) and Blogger (approx. 10-12 on varying subjects).
I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR NOR DESIRE TO USE FACEBOOK.
Have I made myself clear?
If not, screw ya.
I'm a former facebook user, here to tell everyone that life is richer and more vibrantly colored after facebook. I can taste my food again. My sense of smell is far more nuanced. I don't care if it narrows my job prospects, I just wanted my life back.
I ditched my stupid MySpace long ago, too. And I still have a twitter account, but that got so boring. I'm following a couple twitter feeds I care about in my google reader. I did start up a Google+ because of a couple friends, but I don't do much with it. Once I realized my picture came up in a google search on my name, I changed my picture to one of my chickens.
Never had any "social media" before G+.
Facebook scares the crap out of me. I signed up once and you know how you get a list of "these people might be your friends" - well, a former boss of mine pops up on that list and that was enough for me. I figure if any of my friends, including the kids, want to know what I've been up to the telephone still works and so does email. And I certainly wouldn't post pictures of me or my family on the internet. I guess my name will have to go on that mass murderers list too.
my only experience with Twitter is looking for ways to turn it off on some professional sites I belong to. How awfully annoying it is! Like I care what someone tweets off the top of his/her head. It's James Joyce on crack.
I have a couple of rules for my friends list, but if your not on my friends list you can't see anything. Friends and family are a given. People from work only If we have associated/socialized and or had a drink outide of work and proved they can be trusted. FB is to keep up with friends and family all over the world, not a popularity contest. It ends up being more a form of entertainment then anything.
My block list is extensive and includes ex's, people who can't be trusted, supervisors, management etc.
I'm another guilty one, with no Facebook account but with pictures extant of me with weapons, ranging from a pose with my .45 following my first perfect round, to me sitting on a pile of W33's.
Facebook is an interesting place. I once looked up the victim of "murder by cop" on facebook. He seemed like a fabulous human being. I read his facebook page while the world read the usual PD smear job against their victim.
Facebook is just one social media. You either like it or you don't. It's not for everyone. I've found it useful from time to time.
As much as I have deep reservations about anyone exposing their life like this on social media, where such info once released is out forever, it is trivial for certain parties to construct a much more intimate picture of your life from your web activity, every site every search recorded forever, every financial transaction using electronic (non physical cash) means, and your physical location data recorded directly from cell phone or indirectly as recorded by cell towers you pass by when your cell phone is on. Your behavior and itinerary can be easily predicted from such data and it is there for certain parties to take.
I'm not on facebook, never have been, never will be. I do have a couple of twitter accounts, one personal and one for work. My work account is exclusively about privacy. My personal account looks a lot like my work account except I'll post a few articles on women's rights, evolution, goth stuff, etc., but nothing terribly personal. I know you're all shocked.
I wouldn't use Google+ for the same reasons why I wouldn't use facebook, btw. I'm also on another fairly small social network where I've been for years - and they allow pseudonyms, probably always will. It's kind of like a cross between LiveJournal (expound away!!) and G+. And I'm here, of course.
I'm with you, except that anyone can see my page. It's helpful to me to be open about my identity and way of life.
Unfortuantely due to a group of hypocrites (get bent out of shape if someone talks about them and runs to HR, but yet talks behind others backs), I had to lock mine down. Thats also why I have the rules as for who is on my friends list. Now since I know im still getting lurkers/stalkers/haters from time to time I put a juicy little tidbit out there to get the kiddies talking then catch them looking.
There is alot of my life that is out in the open, but I keep my personal and professional lives seperate.
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