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Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

By Shawn Knight · 36 replies
Dec 7, 2012
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  1. 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...

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,313   +258

    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.
  3. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,230   +229

    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.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,492   +3,489

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    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.
  8. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    If you count online multiplayer gaming then yup! ;p
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,907   +592

    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.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,167   +3,261

    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.
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,632   +689

    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.
  12. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

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

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,519   +513

    No twitter, no facebook, profile only on LinkedIn.
  14. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    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.
  15. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,682   +1,076

    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?
  16. KbloodyK

    KbloodyK TS Member Posts: 24

    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'
  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

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

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,946   +200

    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
  19. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 798   +318

    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.
  20. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 75   +20

    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
    Per Hansson, NTAPRO and Jim$ter like this.
  21. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    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
  22. Yes I read techspot once a day, this enough for all
    Per Hansson likes this.
  23. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 158   +32

    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.
    Per Hansson likes this.
  24. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +55

    No. And I intend to keep it that way. It breeds narcissism.
    Lurker101 likes this.
  25. 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.

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