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Old 05-08-2014, 01:19 AM   #61
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Not a user, none of my friends use it (mostly engineers, programmers). I did set up a phantom FB account for everyone for when we need to see something there.
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:42 AM   #62
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I voted for the third choice since that's the closest to what I am. That is, a "reluctant user." I tried to hold out but joined up to be in the loop as friend would talk about things which were months old to them, but just new news to me.

I am still holding out though on the smartphone thing.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:46 AM   #63
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I used to routinely send people links to snopes.com to show them the error of their urban legend postings, but even when they acknowledged it, they usually posted another one a week later. I finally gave up and just started ignoring them.
I guess I've been obnoxious enough about it (but IMO, not as obnoxious as the people who forward these stupid things) that people rarely send these to me, or if they do include some caveat like 'not sure if this is true or not, but....).

And then DW forwards one, and thought it was OK because, get this... within the email itself, it said "This checks out on Snopes"!

I had to calmly say to DW - did you check it on Snopes, or did the scammers tell you it was checked on Snopes, and you believed them? If the bank called, and said "This is your bank, really, just ask us, - can we come to your door and have the key to your safety deposit box?".

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Old 05-08-2014, 11:58 AM   #64
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I guess I've been obnoxious enough about it (but IMO, not as obnoxious as the people who forward these stupid things) that people rarely send these to me, or if they do include some caveat like 'not sure if this is true or not, but....).

And then DW forwards one, and thought it was OK because, get this... within the email itself, it said "This checks out on Snopes"!

I had to calmly say to DW - did you check it on Snopes, or did the scammers tell you it was checked on Snopes, and you believed them? If the bank called, and said "This is your bank, really, just ask us, - can we come to your door and have the key to your safety deposit box?".

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Whenever I'd get one of these multi-forwarded emails which said "This checks out on snopes," I always looked it up myself. Most if not all of the time, it had not been checked out on snopes or one of the other handy fact-check websites such as factcheck.org and politifact. I would often hit "reply all" and refute the bogus claims in the email with my own verifications to the contrary (along with a mild scolding LOL). It got really bad during the 2012 presidential campaign but I figured if I could at least educate some of the email's other recipients (I figured the original sender was a lost cause) it was worthwhile. And if I got removed from the original sender's list, that was fine, too.
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I created a Facebook account and then completely locked it down as an experiment. Using one of the many 'back doors' Facebook leaves open, I monitored the number of times various 'bots poked at the account in different ways.

It's pretty insane.

I'd never put anything about my actual life, my family, or friends on Facebook. I might as well print my name, address, family info, cellphone number, etc on a T-shirt. It's worth bearing in mind that the CEO of Facebook doesn't believe in privacy.

https://twitter.com/nickbilton/status/13012581261

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I created a Facebook account and then completely locked it down as an experiment. Using one of the many 'back doors' Facebook leaves open, I monitored the number of times various 'bots poked at the account in different ways.

It's pretty insane.

I'd never put anything about my actual life, my family, or friends on Facebook. I might as well print my name, address, family info, cellphone number, etc on a T-shirt. It's worth bearing in mind that the CEO of Facebook doesn't believe in privacy.

https://twitter.com/nickbilton/status/13012581261

Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesnt Believe In Privacy | Business | WIRED

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over – ReadWrite

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Maybe he will change his tune when his identity gets stolen and the person cleans out a few of his accounts.
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I use Facebook to communicate with family. That is where we post news & pictures. Email is now secondary to fb, just like texting overtook phone calls. It is hard to keep up.
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I use Facebook to communicate with family. That is where we post news & pictures. Email is now secondary to fb, just like texting overtook phone calls. It is hard to keep up.
This is the part I don't understand. You can send a group email with the pictures to the same people and not have FB send you notifications or pokes about "do you know this person" or "so and so wants to be your friend".
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One of these days I'm going to find out what all this talk about Face-something is all about.

But seriously, nope, never signed up and don't intend to.

Several times I've seen some younger folks at w*rk suddenly mad at each other and not talking for no apparent reason. Turned out they had some kind of fight on something called a wall or whatever after hours.
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... It's worth bearing in mind that the CEO of Facebook doesn't believe in privacy...
That's why I found the irony humorous when he called POTUS to complain about the NSA.

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I use it... rarely. I keep up with the grandkids and relatives in other cities.
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