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Old 08-27-2009, 04:26 PM   #1
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For those of you still skeptical of social media (facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc.). This is a great 4 minute video on is astonishing rise of social media. I'll tell you knocking of porn as the number 1 activity on the net, is simply remarkable.
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I'll tell you knocking of porn as the number 1 activity on the net, is simply remarkable.
Looks like I'll have to redouble my efforts . . .
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I have never clicked on the facebook site. I wonder why?
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I think all this social media crap is just a way of justifying technological communication addiction . Or the WWW computer mind is taking over and is conditioning us to use easier ways to assimilate,resistance is futile.
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When I hear the big numbers for users of Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, etc, I wonder how many of them actively use those services. I have a Facebook account because someone talked me into signing up. I have a Twitter account because I wanted to see what Twitter was all about. But I really hate both Facebook and Twitter and never use them now, other than checking my accounts once in a while. Many of my friends are the same. I suspect that the total number of users of Facebook, Twitter, etc are FAR greater than the number that really use them.
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I have never clicked on the facebook site. I wonder why?
I havenīt either. Should I be ashamed of being ultra out of fashion?
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I don't know whether it's a fad or not, but there's only so much information I want government, insurers, current and potential future employers to get about me. There have been too many people making one slip up and getting fired and such.
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Ever do a Google search for yourself online? Interesting results...
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I have never clicked on the facebook site. I wonder why?
I have a facebook account, but only for communicating with my daughter.

Other than her, my only facebook friend is my brother, and due to a series of severe strokes he does not do facebook (or much else) any more. I just like seeing his photo.

Most of my 40+ first cousins have found me and want to be my facebook friend, but they are not facebook friends with each other. I have not responded to any of them, but how awkward.

I don't really see what all the hoopla is with facebook, or why people like it so much. I would never have joined except that my daughter wanted me to. I prefer the relative anonymity of message boards and blogging. But then, I don't text or twitter and I seem to have become a living fossil.
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I do it all the time, and have for the past 15 years or so using the search engines du jour. I want to know how much of my personal information is available online. Before I met Frank, I used search engines to find out about anyone I dated. Right now, all that seems to be available on a search of my name is a lot of work-related stuff.
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I don't really see what all the hoopla is with facebook, or why people like it so much. I would never have joined except that my daughter wanted me to. I prefer the relative anonymity of message boards and blogging. But then, I don't text or twitter and I seem to have become a living fossil.
Yep. I don't tweet, either.

I have a Facebook account too, but I don't produce any content -- I only use it to become "friends" with my family, mostly in California, to help keep in touch. But that's the extent of it.
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I checked out FaceBook earlier in the year just to see what it was all about. I played around for a while and found a lot of old friends that I hadn't seen in years, as well as a few relatives that I truly like (there are MANY relatives that annoy the snot out of me....and we will NOT connect on FB...or hopefully anywhere else!).

So now I get on FB for a few minutes just before I hit the pillows, and catch up with my old chums. I absolutely don't/won't do any of the "apps" or games they have on FB.....I only use it to connect with the people who are part of the fabric of my life! And for that, it's been great!!!
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When I hear the big numbers for users of Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, etc, I wonder how many of them actively use those services. I have a Facebook account because someone talked me into signing up. I have a Twitter account because I wanted to see what Twitter was all about. But I really hate both Facebook and Twitter and never use them now, other than checking my accounts once in a while. Many of my friends are the same. I suspect that the total number of users of Facebook, Twitter, etc are FAR greater than the number that really use them.
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I don't know whether it's a fad or not, but there's only so much information I want government, insurers, current and potential future employers to get about me. There have been too many people making one slip up and getting fired and such.
That's one reason I've stayed away from them. I've been careful about that since the Internet was UNIX command line only. The only information I've been able to find about myself online is my property taxes if one knows my address.

The whole thing smacks of the CB radio fad in the early '80's.
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The whole thing smacks of the CB radio fad in the early '80's.
By the way, I love the music in that video. Fatboy Slim "Right here, Right now" - really awesome group if you like that type of music.

This got me to smile. I don't think this is anything like the CB radio fad for a number of reasons (that I won't go into here). Facebook/twitter may not be popular in ten years, but I bet the idea of online social networking and collaboration in some format will still be thriving.

For all of the people that currently collaborate online in some limited format, you may find yourselves slowly evolving into using this media more and more. It is based around a network, so if none or very few of the "nodes" (your friends, family, social acquaintances, coworkers, peers, etc) are connected to the network, you probably won't find much benefit from connecting either. But as the network adds more nodes (more people), the individual benefit to you increases.

Many younger people use social media as a key method of communication, collaboration, planning, and sharing of information. Just sayin'... Hit me up on facebook!
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You arent alone,a few of us including myself have eluded detection.I dont get these Face Space siteswhy would i want to tell the world what i'm doing everyday and why would any one care?,as for talking with friends?I just pick up the phone..
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I don't really see what all the hoopla is with facebook, or why people like it so much. I would never have joined except that my daughter wanted me to. I prefer the relative anonymity of message boards and blogging. But then, I don't text or twitter and I seem to have become a living fossil.
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For all of the people that currently collaborate online in some limited format, you may find yourselves slowly evolving into using this media more and more. It is based around a network, so if none or very few of the "nodes" (your friends, family, social acquaintances, coworkers, peers, etc) are connected to the network, you probably won't find much benefit from connecting either. But as the network adds more nodes (more people), the individual benefit to you increases.
Many younger people use social media as a key method of communication, collaboration, planning, and sharing of information. Just sayin'... Hit me up on facebook!
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Our kid got a pre-paid cell phone a year ago because she was missing out on the typical teen phone calls for "Hey, let's get together on no notice!" socializing.

Now she's getting torqued at the expense of texting and she's ready for a new birthday present cell phone plan, or she's going to miss out on more study groups socializing.

She spends an hour or two on Facebook every day socializing with my cousins and aunts, a generation removed from her, who I see once or twice a decade and hear from via e-mail perhaps once a quarter. I hear more about my relatives from her than from them, and that's a very good thing on several levels.

Facebook is also a valuable intelligence tool, as the teens fire up the chat every night over homework bitching questions. One of her teachers (AP English Lit) is even on Facebook nearly every evening for an hour or two of homework help. Instead of seeing the teacher next morning (along with 30 other kids) she fires off an e-mail and follows up with a Facebook check.

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I recommend searching blogs as well as news sites. A daily summary e-mail is more than enough.

I have alerts set for all variations of my name (last name, full name) and my family's names. I also have alerts set for a few "special people" anticipated obituaries who I feel it's interesting to keep track of. If you ever need a moderator reminder of why JG is banned, add his real name to your Google Alerts and watch the hits roll in.

I've learned that I share my surname with an internationally-recognized folk-rock group and a town. It's especially interesting to see your name end up in blogs along with the keyword "retire early".
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Yeah, among other things. I've learned there's a guy here in Texas with my exact first and last name (different middle name and DOB, thankfully) who is a registered sex offender. Fortunately, to my knowledge no one has mistaken him for me...
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We're all a bunch of dinosaurs.

Our kid got a pre-paid cell phone a year ago because she was missing out on the typical teen phone calls for "Hey, let's get together on no notice!" socializing.

Now she's getting torqued at the expense of texting and she's ready for a new birthday present cell phone plan, or she's going to miss out on more study groups socializing.

She spends an hour or two on Facebook every day socializing with my cousins and aunts, a generation removed from her, who I see once or twice a decade and hear from via e-mail perhaps once a quarter. I hear more about my relatives from her than from them, and that's a very good thing on several levels.

Facebook is also a valuable intelligence tool, as the teens fire up the chat every night over homework bitching questions. One of her teachers (AP English Lit) is even on Facebook nearly every evening for an hour or two of homework help. Instead of seeing the teacher next morning (along with 30 other kids) she fires off an e-mail and follows up with a Facebook check.
That's what I'm talking about. Social media, broadly defined, is a highly flexible, extensible medium for interaction, collaboration and sharing. Use it in a manner that benefits you and enhances your life. Tune in or tune out as much/little as you want. Ignore or "unfriend" those you don't want to hear from. Log in once a week if you want to check up on your "friends". Or don't. Set the system(s) up to email you if X message or event occurs.

Ultimately social media is just another tool to increase your IQ (interface quotient - yeah I just made that up but I'm gonna use it a lot now). I don't know how many times I have used social media or seen others using social media for learning, information exchange, getting references or referrals, keeping in touch with people you meet and want to establish a relationship with, getting a little picture window on friends and family that you see infrequently but want to keep in touch with, etc.

I figure in 10 years, NOT using some form of social media will be like someone who doesn't use a phone or email or internet or computer today. You can obviously live life just fine, but there is some dimension you will miss out on.
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I guess I am now an old dinasaur...

I used to be cutting edge.... I used to do computer games etc. before the internet... I was one of the first that would scan a document and have it faxed from the computer (since most people in the 90s wanted a fax)... I was on facebook so long ago that my account was purged sometime (someone said I should sign up and to take a look I did, but did not do anything about it)...

My biggest problem with this 'tuned in' group is there is NO ONE.. repeat.. NO ONE that I am interested in knowing what they are doing all the time (think tweet)... this includes MYSELF... but I am stuck with knowing everything I do (well, I guess when I take a nap I am disconnecting)...


One of the things a lot of people do not appreciate is the negative of all this.... how many times do you see in the news where someone is fired for something they had on their facebook page... do the young-uns who have those crazy photos of them bing drinking think that it helps them get a job
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