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Old 10-05-2014, 07:00 PM   #21
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I like it. A great way to catch up with friends and family. Like most tech its a tool and it's what you make of it. Kids prefer twitter.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:36 PM   #22
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I like it. A great way to catch up with friends and family. Like most tech its a tool and it's what you make of it. Kids prefer twitter.
+ 1 My son signed me up (with my OK)several years ago. I initially used it very rarely. I now go on once a day or so just to see who's posting, and occasionally I will post something light about my DIY travails, or the joys of being a grandparent.
And, yes, it's also been nice to hook up with some old friends from childhood.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #23
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Yes I use it. I don't post too often on it but initially the kids set me up with an account and I still follow them on it. As well, some of my student groups use it as a learning tool instead of Google Docs. I think that it has pretty reasonable functionality.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:44 PM   #24
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Just curious, why do a lot of people say they use it to keep up with friends and relatives? Don't they know about email or is this so they can share with the world. I send group emails when I have something to share with friends and relatives. I don't want my pictures or comments to sisters and friends seen/read by all.
Many of my friends and relatives do not use email outside of work, and some of them read personal email infrequently. Within Facebook it is possible to post or message a specific individual.

Sometimes my friends send me posts about interest groups I might want to join. For example, I have joined a fascinating history group.

There is no single medium that covers everyone, and the landscape is constantly changing. I try to keep in touch with my friends using their medium of choice, though I must admit that if they make it difficult for me do not use any electronic media at all I am less likely to work at maintaining the relationship. A good friend and past neighbour only communicates by handwritten letters, and nowadays we exchange letters just once a year.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:53 PM   #25
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I like it to stay in touch with friends scattered around the country.
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Yes, I'm on facebook, along with all of my kids &
most of my relatives including my 84 yr old mother.
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:14 PM   #27
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the FB UI looks and works like something a beginner computer geek cobbled together in 1981
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:18 PM   #28
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I get a little frustrated with FB from time to time, as it gives me the same level of detail about the lives of people in my outer circle as it does from those who occupy my "inner circle". Nevertheless, it's quite useful although I do sometimes think that it artificially prolongs the natural process of falling out of touch with people who would otherwise drift out of my life.

I have begun to customize my feed to deliver me information on hobbies and subjects I am interested in, as well as news from a number of trusted sources.

It's good for posting pictures of cats as well!
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:21 PM   #29
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It's how I keep in touch with my real live close friends.

And, it's how my immediate family first found out about the sudden unexpected death of my brother a few days ago.
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I view facebook as the AOL of the 21st century....

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Old 10-05-2014, 09:44 PM   #31
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No...I do not have a Facebook account or use it in any way. Total waste of time.

I do, however, play World of Warcraft....which is so much more mature and never a waste of time.
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Do you use Facebook ?

I've never been on Facebook.

If you do, and find it useful, then roll.
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:59 PM   #33
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Nope

I personally believe it's ridiculous... but what do I know. My prejudice kept me from buying FB when it was trading near $18.00.
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I view facebook as the AOL of the 21st century....

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Although I still use it a lot, I do believe it has jumped the shark. The decline (which I think has already begun) will be slow.
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:40 PM   #35
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I use it and like it (along with Instagram and Twitter, just a little bit). I keep my friends list pretty tight, don't accept people I don't know fairly well, do not ever post on vacations nor do I use locations on post, and posts are only visible to friends.

That said, my tri sponsors require that I am active on social media, hence I do it more than I otherwise would. Still, I like seeing what my old friends are up to.
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the FB UI looks and works like something a beginner computer geek cobbled together in 1981
What do you consider to be a 2014 GUI?
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:03 AM   #37
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Glad to see I am not alone in having no use for Facebook. I frequently think about Betty White's monologue line about Facebook when she hosted Saturday Night Live back in 2010:

“I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time.”

You nailed it, Betty White!
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:15 AM   #38
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I use it all the time. I probably spend 20 minutes a day on there, and sometimes an hour (between facebook and reading things linked to from facebook). I never browse news sites any more since my friends or "friends" or groups I belong to tend to post much more relevant and timely information or links to interesting stories.

I block a ton of people that I don't want to know anything about but don't want to delete them from my life forever.

It's a very useful tool for finding out what's up with friends, setting up social events between friends, and chatting with other people about any variety of things (hey neighbor can I borrow your X, "amigo, do you know how to nixtalamize corn?"). It's also very useful to share interesting photos or videos of our kids with my family and friends.

It's just another communication tool like a phone, email, snail mail, talking in person, etc. I hear people complain all the time about it and it's usually annoying "friends" that make their facebook experience crappy. I politely suggest blocking (adding to ignore list) anyone who they find unimportant so that their news stream is nearly 100% signal and almost zero noise.
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I have a widespread family- nieces, nephews, cousins- in areas I never visit and it's been wonderful to keep in touch with them and see bits of their lives. Same with former coworkers and with people in my HS class (I'm hundreds of miles away and rarely visit the area). Because of FB, we occasionally get visits from family who are driving cross-country (we're not far off I-70) because they know where we are and know us well enough to ask if they can crash here for a night. We enjoy that.

It has its drawbacks. I get banner ads from Wal-Mart telling me a now-deceased acquaintance "likes" WM because the family kept her account open so they could share thoughts and memories. I've blocked the feed of contacts who do nothing but repost ooey-gooey recipes with processed foods that will never see the inside of my kitchen. I tend to tangle with 2 former HS classmates over some political issues where we disagree; not sure if I should show up at my next reunion! But, in general, I'd rather be with FB than without it.

DH and a friend from college do have fake names. DH wanted to be connected to a Board of people dealing with the same rare disease he has. He was named after a suave British actor (long dead, common last name) and uses the actor's last name. The college friend uses the name of the main character in a favorite novel. Zuckerberg hasn't caught onto them yet.
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I am surprised at the animosity shown towards FB by those that are quite active in this Forum. Perhaps someone can explain to me in what way the two venues differ. (I have been treating them as the same so some correction seems in order.)
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