Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

By on December 7, 2012, 6:30 PM

I jumped on the social networking / media bandwagon pretty early on when MySpace was just starting to take off. I rode the social wave over to Facebook and hung around there for about seven years before finally deciding to call it quits.

I opened a Twitter account at one point but never did much with it; the same can be said for my Google+ account. I also updated a blog regularly for about two years but ultimately stopped posting as I simply wanted to dedicate more time to other endeavors. Despite my passion for photography, I never had any interest to join Instagram or the like.

With this week’s open forum, we want to know if you use any type of social media. If so, which platforms do you prefer and why? If not, what’s kept you from it thus far?




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H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yes, around 15 hours per day 24/7, 80% of it is part of my job while the rest is gaming and technology forums which I guess also counts as social media.

misor misor said:

No social media here.

(if tech sites are not counted)

I think all my friends have facebook accounts and know how to post pics taken from their smart/dumb phones.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Got sucked into the Twitterverse after following a couple of people. Used to have Facebook but tossed it to the wind when they introduced the timeline format.

Guest said:

I've tried lots of them, including the very sociable - dating - sites, but nothing stuck because it seemed like I was not really living and I decided it was much better to meet people face to face. It really shows how important they are to me. But I know that I miss out on lots of things going on because I'm not "connected", so I guess there must be a happy balance there somewhere.

Guest said:

Never touch the stuff..total abstention..of course, being a genius, I have no need for it..and way too many interesting things to do anyway.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I keep a Facebook account for quick and easy talking with certain family members. I don't really bother that much with it for other purposes though.

I've thought about taking up twitter, but I don't see much of a point.

Timonius Timonius said:

If you count online multiplayer gaming then yup! ;p

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

I dropped Facebook for Twitter a month or so ago to keep up with Battlefield 3 updates, UFC via Dana White, AMD Catalyst Creator Andrew, and the like.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

With this week's open forum, we want to know if you use any type of social media.
I never could get a grip on social media. Eventually I made a decision that social media sites are not for me. I will sit back and wish everyone else good fortune with them.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Very little. I have a FB account, but that's mainly to keep in touch with my relatives as they have for whatever reason forgotten how to use e-mail or make a phone call.

Otherwise, forget it - too much of a nuisance for me.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Had a facebook account a few years back, didn't set much point of it so I deleted it.

wiyosaya said:

No twitter, no facebook, profile only on LinkedIn.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

I didn't join Facebook until it was 2010 where it grew unexpectedly. Like everybody else, I'm always geared up for posting in that social network ever since. And there's Twitter too.

psycros psycros said:

Never. Anything that requires logging into a useless, anti-privacy data mining service is no more worthwhile than the service itself. BTW, when did it become social <b>media</b> and not social <I>networking</I>? Did the blogosphere finally realize that FB and its vile cousins are only about mutual narcissism?

KbloodyK KbloodyK said:

I honestly don't have very many friends in the real world. however I do have a Facebook, and a YouTube account.

rarely use em'

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Only use twitter with some regularity, but that is where it ends.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Despite my passion for photography, I never had any interest to join Instagram or the like.

Good, that means you might actually be a photographer

This video takes allot of jabs at popular events on Facebook et all, I linked it on my Facebook page, didn't get many likes tho, I wonder why :P

Lurker101 said:

I used to use the likes of Facebook, but these days, I've had all my social accounts deleted and never looked back. Initially, it was just a simple case of "I have issues with the ever changing privacy policies" Now, I'm just flat out sick of social media. You can't find many websites where there isn't a slew of FB, Google+, Twitter and Blogger like and repost facilities. I might not have a list of thousands of friends, with my decision to completely abandon social media, but the friends I've got actually call, text and hang out with me instead of expecting me to smack my face against a screen until time collapses in on itself.

3 people like this | gcarter gcarter said:

It seems as though social media is becoming one of those "cool things to hate" topics - "oh yeah, Ive disconnected my facebook account and my life has become sooo much better" crowd.

Personally, Im a tech connoisseur like most on Techspot, but enjoy my facebook experience immensely

Most of my family live hundreds if not thousands of miles away, and its nice to see even just ramblings posted...

I also use facebook similar to an internet forum... I post questions which I need answers to, I share interesting topics which I think will benefit some contacts... and post pictures of my daughter for her aunt and grandma to see both in Scotland and the the Philippines.

I love social media... so bahumbug haters :P

T77 T77 said:

I never felt the need to have a facebook account or likewise any other social media account.

It's much too complicated .......Anonymity is what I like. :p

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Yes I read techspot once a day, this enough for all

1 person liked this | Jim$ter said:

It seems as though social media is becoming one of those "cool things to hate" topics - "oh yeah, Ive disconnected my facebook account and my life has become sooo much better" crowd.

Personally, Im a tech connoisseur like most on Techspot, but enjoy my facebook experience immensely

Most of my family live hundreds if not thousands of miles away, and its nice to see even just ramblings posted...

I also use facebook similar to an internet forum... I post questions which I need answers to, I share interesting topics which I think will benefit some contacts... and post pictures of my daughter for her aunt and grandma to see both in Scotland and the the Philippines.

I love social media... so bahumbug haters :P

Finally someone who's on a tech site who isn't a hater. I too can't believe all the hate from Tech people. Facebook is great. Great way to keep in touch. Great way to advertise my business. Most people I see who hate or left Facebook don't understand the potential. You don't have to use Facebook like the newbies out there gaming and what not. I have learned the inside and out of Facebook and there is so much to it. It's so freakin easy and people who don't understand probable don't know how to program DVR's or VCR's back in the day. Sure there are downsides as with any technology but I see the greater potential of Facebook and I choose to be in from the beginning and learn all their is. Come on your Techies...SMH.

1 person liked this | avoidz avoidz said:

No. And I intend to keep it that way. It breeds narcissism.

Guest said:

Nope, don't use any social media. Facebook has had too many privacy screw-ups. Google's Android was busted uploading location history and address books, so I don't trust Google. I'm way too prolix for Twitter, not to mention Twitter having to hand over Birgitta Jonsdottir's tweets. Uncle Scam already knows too much about us and can force any social media to hand over the goods on anyone. Oh, and don't forget the more than 1 billion comm intercepts per day by the NSA performs. Remember Mark Klein? Remember the Stasi? OK, do you know what the Stasi was? You can say I'm paranoid or you can say I know more history than you do.

Guest said:

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.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Finally someone who's on a tech site who isn't a hater. I too can't believe all the hate from Tech people. Facebook is great. Great way to keep in touch. Great way to advertise my business. Most people I see who hate or left Facebook don't understand the potential.
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.

learninmypc learninmypc said:

If you don't like facebook, you might check out http://facecrooks.com/ .

TJGeezer said:

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.

chrissof chrissof said:

My face aint shown in no book!

not in the past,present or future.

JCitron JCitron said:

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.

learninmypc learninmypc said:

My face aint shown in no book!

not in the past,present or future.

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.

Guest said:

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..

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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/).

IwanWi said:

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

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

Tygerstrike said:

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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