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Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

By Shawn Knight
Dec 7, 2012
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  1. I'm on some tech sites and participate in those communitys however I'm not on social media nor have I ever been on site such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. I have some friends who do put their whole life up on these sites however I'm more of a private person and would rather interact with people one to one.
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,124   +1,523

    Potential?? You mean potential for crap that I despise. Things that have nothing to do with keeping in touch with friends and family members. Facebook is no longer a social media site, they are too wrapped up in marketing. But yet you know this since you state it's a good place to advertise your business. You see if I were to spend time on a social media site, I wouldn't want the site to be plastered with ads to the point of hardly ever seeing anything related to social media. I'm happy with making this statement, you can keep your Ad Site (aka; Facebook).

    You see its all the crap that distract people from their social life that makes Facebook a fail (from my perspective that is) as social media. Surely you can see from all the comments how people want to stay out of Facebook but yet they feel obligated to stay. Obligated to stay but rarely interact in the social environment. I don't know how the others feel but when the social environment usually only involves game stats and game invites of which I would never play, I don't see any reason to hang around.
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,312   +238

  4. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    I have a facebook account that I use mostly to log in to places I don't bother to register with. Does TechSpot count? If so, that's two: Facebook for convenience and TechSpot because I enjoy it and learn a bit, here and there, along the way - some of which even sticks. Otherwise, social media and untreatable tuberculosis hold about the same appeal.
     
  5. chrissof

    chrissof TS Member Posts: 73

    My face aint shown in no book!
    not in the past,present or future.
     
  6. JCitron

    JCitron TS Rookie

    Well I'm another FB user.

    I joined back in 2008 but never did anything much with it. A friend of mine setup a group for a local piano museum, and asked me to joint so I did. There it sat untouched until mid-2010. I was an older student then at UMASS-Lowell, and a bunch of students and faculty were up there that I used to hang out with. We used this for conversing over projects and such. At the same time, a friend of mine, a storm chaser and photographer, was using this for his photo blogs and essays. Thus, I became a Facebook user. If however, the site disappeared I could care less. The piano museum still exists, and has for the past 30-plus years. My storm chasing group that I go chasing with, has their own website anyway, so there's nothing amiss should I not bother to visit FB.

    In addition to FB, I am also a member at some other tech forums, and over at a couple of medical-related ones. With one of the medical forums, I became a technical lead for a book that some members are writing. I am also over at a virtual railroad forum at www.auran.com where I help with tech support issues.

    I admit though it is a nice way to keep in touch with former coworkers that have long retired from the workforce as well as family and friends that now live many thousands of miles away.

    I tried twitter once. What turned me off were the stupid posts like announcing to the world that someone had to use the bathroom. Who cares about mundane stuff like that.
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,312   +238

    One don't need to put in their "Real" face (picture). I have several friends in facebook that use cartoon type pics. I've seen their facebook page(s). But, to each their own.
     
  8. I use googlemail, does it count?

    for facebook, I use it purely for social needs, such reaching out friends or planning a gathering or invitation etc.. when my friends trying to advertise their business, I'll just remove them from my friend list..
     
  9. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 982   +31

    I have a Facebook account. Many online giveaways ask for Facebook likes, so it's useful for that. I also have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lowendia) where I sometimes post giveaways I come across (and don't update as often as I'd like, unfortunately). I also played some games on Facebook in the past (when I had more time to play games), and used it to communicate with some companies and follow some games (in particular City of Heroes when it went F2P).

    I have a Twitter account, which I originally also created for giveaways, but also used for a while to post links to articles for future reference. I recently went back to do this.

    I've had a blog for many years, but often months go back without me posting. I occasionally did have some interesting posts there. Unfortunately at one point my free host deleted it by mistake, and the resurrected site later got hacked. I just recently put it back online, now as a simple blog at Wordpress.com (http://www.lowendia.com/).
     
  10. IwanWi

    IwanWi TS Rookie

    No, I only join some forums, if that counts as Social Media ..
     
  11. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I think it really depends what age you were when Facebook took off, me and all my friends joined right at the beginning when it was only open to university/college people and it was clean and free of all that advertising and targeted marketing. I can imagine someone joining now would not have the same experience.

    I still find FB very useful for things such as organising events and sharing two of my favourite hobbies: photography and travelling.
     
     
  12. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I only go on techspot. Period. And thats because I need to for work to keep up to date. otherwise, No socialing what so ever. I feel the Facebook and MySpace put way too many ppl in contact with ppl best left in the past. Im against it for the simple fact that it is just another level of drama that I choose to avoid. A prime example is that in my small town, a father killed his daughters boyfriend because of a arguement on social media. That right there points to some of the dangers of social media. Some ppl cant live w/o it, some ppl can not seperate fantasy and fiction. Some ppl buy into whatever is typed on the screen.
     


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