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Old 08-12-2019, 03:44 PM   #21
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Now - mod hat firmly off... My contribution to this thread...

1) this is a form of social media. I have a few forums/groups that I participate in. One that is similar to this (although a different topic) migrated from it's own domain to a private facebook group. It's still interacting with a specific group of people on the internet... so social media, no matter the platform or domain.

2) I spend far too much time with my various internet communities.

3) I spend a lot of time with the hubster... although some of it is like right now - I'm on my computer, we're watching a netflix show together, and he's on his phone. We pause the show randomly to interact with each other. It works for us. Since we're retired - we spend a lot of time together.

4) I have found how to make twitter and facebook work for me. I follow a couple local news reporters/channels to keep up on local news. I have some friends I follow but they are not excessive. On facebook I 'unfollow' friends who post too much noise or politics... So it's mostly fun stuff (pics of sunsets, cats, kids.)

5) I have started being conscious of what I post on FB, tweet, insta... all happy/benign stuff.. Why give the Russian bots or anyone else an insight into my deeper thoughts.

6) nextdoor I have to use in moderation... I like the sharing of cool stuff (library sale, free concert in the park, group forming to do morning walks etc.) I avoid the judgmental, nimby, name calling, threads... which seem to happen a lot in my neighborhood.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:53 PM   #22
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Other than Linked In and Pinterest, neither of which I have posted to, only discussion groups ala ER...

I go to 8 or 9 websites where I keep myself busy depending on my interests at the time. A few of the sites... City-Data, AARP, ERE, Senior Forums, and Capitol Hiil Blue.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:58 PM   #23
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FaceTwitSnapAgram is not among my daily habits and I intend to keep it that way.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:03 PM   #24
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1) Twitter is where you hear news before it breaks to traditional media.
2) Facebook is not my bag, but I was able to contribute school supplies to a Niece who posted there
3) Amazon integrates with other media pretty well. For example, I bought supplies mentioned by Niece on Facebook, and they were shipped directly to her address of choice. That's social interaction between us that was enabled by social media.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:13 PM   #25
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Lets try to keep this free of name calling and taking offense at names called. No need to get judgmental over whether someone uses social media or not.

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IMHO some of social media has made people ruder and take offense easier. People can skim through a person's comment and make a snap judgement and presto chango, put down a snappy reply which then leads to another snappy reply. It's like there is no pause between skimming, judging, replying and starting all over again. I'm at a loss at how to correct it. maybe a built in function on the board where you read a post and then your keyboard locks you out for 2 minutes? I bet that would go a long way toward regaining some civility..

I'm guilty too won't pretend I'm not, sometimes I'm actually typing a pithy replay while still reading the comment I'm replying to...
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:16 PM   #26
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Just here @ ER (too much, I suppose).

Rebelled against the antisocial media about three years ago. Never looked back. I text or email family, friends, and colleagues. They can do same.

I've been perp-walked off of here a few times, but it's been a while. I guess I'm still trainable.
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:59 PM   #27
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6) nextdoor I have to use in moderation... I like the sharing of cool stuff (library sale, free concert in the park, group forming to do morning walks etc.) I avoid the judgmental, nimby, name calling, threads... which seem to happen a lot in my neighborhood.
I forgot about Nextdoor.

It has good highs, and bad lows. There is a lot of complaining. But sometimes some really good stories of neighbors making nice connections.

I spend a minute or two per day on it, typically.
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FaceTwitSnapAgram is not among my daily habits and I intend to keep it that way.


You should trademark that!
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:26 PM   #29
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speaking of SM, Verizon (yahoo's new parent) sold Tumblr today. Yahoo had bought it for 1.1B in 2013. While Tumblr is not profitable, it's a big blog hoster, and has millions of users...though many were reduced and/or perturbed by the ban on anything nekkid earlier that was imposed last year. (ultimately it was a porn ban, but pretty much anything PG or higher was no longer allowed).

Tumblr's sale price today? No doubt many of ER's members coulda bought it: $3M

Yes, with an M.

ok maybe a small m is more appropriate lol.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:07 PM   #30
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:13 PM   #31
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Believe it or not, the only "social media" I follow is this place. I have never had a Facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, myspace, or linkedin account.

I prefer to socialize in person with actual people. I only read the posts here for a few minutes once or twice a week and I comment very little. You're doing fine without me. Carry on.


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I donít post much on social media and am often dismayed by the lack of civility, the inability of people to disagree without being disagreeable. In spite of this I find that I learn an incredible amount and that some of my local community Facebook groups are helping to build a stronger community. A Buy Nothing Group was recently started, limited to residents of my town, that lets people offer up items or services for free and lets people post requests for items they need. I guess for me the good outweighs the bad, though I do try to limit the amount of time I spend on line.
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I didnít join FB until after ER, but I love it. I ignore all political posts but use it to reconnect with old friends. Just today, I reconnected with a guy who used to work on my team 25+ years ago. He was in Turkey in vacation and we had a nice chat using WhatsApp. Very cool!

I used LinkedIn a lot when working, but use it less and less now. I use Instagram mainly to keep up with posts from my 83-year-old MIL who loves IG. Iíve never used Twitter and donít intend to start.

Bottom line, if you control social media rather than allowing it to control your emotions, itís pretty useful. The key for me is just to scroll past stuff that doesnít interest me.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:30 AM   #35
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I am a tech fan but not a social media fan. Had FB account for less than a year and have not Twitterededed ever. I feel like I'm a better person for it.
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I am a tech fan but not a social media fan. Had FB account for less than a year and have not Twitterededed ever. I feel like I'm a better person for it.
Do not get this comment,a better person..? What were you trying to say. I'm the same person whether I read my families content on FB or not.
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Do not get this comment,a better person..? What were you trying to say. I'm the same person whether I read my families content on FB or not.


Iím sorry feelings were hurt. Not a FB fan and that came out. End of story
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I read a similar article a while back and found this interesting. It breaks FB users into 4 general classes.

https://qz.com/1026914/the-four-type...s-and-selfies/


Relationship Builders:
Window Shoppers/People watchers:
Town Criers: The members of this faction are often sounding alarms on big issues, and passing along the latest memes,
Selfies: primarily to call attention to themselves.. Energized and validated by likes and comments..

I did a 3-4month FB hiatus late last year and found I couldn't do without it.
1. For some people this is the ONLY way to interact with them. They no longer email. If I want to keep up with them its FB or nothing. FB was the ONLY channel for getting info on a high school reunion earlier this year.
2. Targeted special interest groups: Cast Iron, Victory Vision motorcycles (FB is about the only way to find parts), other hobbies. There might be forums/BBs, but a lot smaller populations.
2a) Targeted buy/sell/trade audiences in the above special interest groups


Personally, I think FB is one of the big drivers of the polarization of society. FB could fix this if it modeled real world social interaction vs. blatantly just trying to increase volume. We all have topics that we will discuss with Friend X, but its a taboo subject with Friend Y. FB defaults to everything being "public"... and a lot of people have no idea how to control who sees what.
In real life, people routinely filter what they say to which audience. FB defaults to no filters and what limited filters FB has are either insufficient or unknown by most users.

I'll stay off the new censorship muscles that FB et. al. is now starting to flex more blatantly.
FB, IMO, is becoming both more necessary (only effective com channel available) and more evil at the same time.
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I read a similar article a while back and found this interesting. It breaks FB users into 4 general classes.

https://qz.com/1026914/the-four-type...s-and-selfies/


Relationship Builders:
Window Shoppers/People watchers:
Town Criers: The members of this faction are often sounding alarms on big issues, and passing along the latest memes,
Selfies: primarily to call attention to themselves.. Energized and validated by likes and comments..
Interesting article, but it included only 47 survey participants and...

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The authors acknowledge that we aren’t all easily pigeonholed, but say that we’re likely to find we’re mostly like one type. That is, at least among American young adults; the study only involved Americans aged 18 to 32...
So it sounds as though they have spent an entirety of a single afternoon putting together this "study"

Edit: And now Quartz is a subscription site? Not that I read much of their stuff, but I thought their content was free? Our "subscription society" is a whole 'nother topic of discussion.
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Interesting article, but it included only 47 survey participants and...



So it sounds as though they have spent an entirety of a single afternoon putting together this "study"
True. But at the same time I could take the 4 types proposed and go through my friend list and find a perfect spot for all of them.
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