Social Media - Facebook: Is it necessary?

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    Oct 20, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    I consider myself a non-conformist and haven't joined Facebook for 3 reasons:

    1) Don't like big "daddy" (aka: government) knowing my personal business.

    2) Don't like Facebook and other social media sites like Realjock where they tend to be addictive and consume time and be a big distraction. I'm guilty of this habit.

    3) Privacy issues. Where does all the photos reside and what does the social media outlet do with the personal information? Sell it at what price? Employers now want to know your Facebook information for example.

    My point: Is it necessary to be on a social network site like Facebook to survive in this technological networked world of ours or am I just old fashioned and care to meet people the old fashioned way? To me social, networking is the latest trend. Following the masses (because everyone else is doing it) is not my style. Eventually Facebook will be obsolete and something better will eventually come along with the ever fast pace of social networking media. USA Today this week previewed new social media sites that are out to chip away the 1 Billion members of Facebook. Social trends come and go, but meeting people face to face will continue to serve the test of time. Any thoughts?
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    Hiker98 saidI consider myself a non-conformist and haven't joined Facebook for 3 reasons:

    1) Don't like big "daddy" (aka: government) knowing my personal business.

    2) Don't like Facebook and other social media sites like Realjock where they tend to be addictive and consume time and be a big distraction. I'm guilty of this habit.

    3) Privacy issues. Where does all the photos reside and what does the social media outlet do with the personal information? Sell it at what price? Employers now want to know your Facebook information for example.
    1)You're posting this on a social network, very similar to Facebook, though exclusive to gay men.

    2) Addictive? *hides post count*

    3) Ref: #1.
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    BTW, if you have a smartphone, the govt already knows all your business.
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    Don't have a smart phone Paul. Pay as I go Verizon hardly use. I haven't heard anyone have to give their Realjock information, but I have heard of people claiming to give their facebook information. I'm only on this site and sometimes on findfred.com
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    Hiker98 saidDon't have a smart phone Paul. Pay as I go Verizon hardly use. I haven't heard anyone have to give their Realjock information, but I have heard of people claiming to give their facebook information. I'm only on this site and sometimes on findfred.com
    Giving info on RJ or FB is voluntary.

    I LOL at the people who bitch about having no privacy when they don't even give it to themselves.

    And your pay-as-you-go phone has some personal info on you.
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    FaceThing is the definition of unnecessary.
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    I love facebook. Partly because I am a nosy person, and I like to know what's going on in other peoples lives. Unlike so many people seem to say, I actually enjoy reading through the news feed. I love interacting with people and friends online, I have since I was a little kid. My mom got our first computer when I was 5 (1994), and the internet shortly after that.

    I also have nothing to hide from the government. I do nothing illegal, so I could care less if they snoop around with what I do. I also don't believe they are actively doing that. I have my privacy controls up, but that's so that way every-day people don't see what I have going on. If someone is that concerned with what I do that they have to somehow hack and see past my security settings then, well, power to them?

    I don't think facebook is needed for individuals. That said, it's so ingrained in every day life that it can add a new level of enjoyment to it.
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    oops (double post)
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    Google your name Paul and see all the information about you on the net. One of them will be Facebook if you don't have your privacy settings set accordingly. Point being Paul, I don't think its anyone's business to advertise my life on social media networks that use your information to their advantage. No doubt, Realjock is not any different. It's interesting how you want to critique my opening statement, but you haven't answered the question. Sound like a pivoting politician to me.
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:48 AM GMT
    Today I used a "turn-by-turn" voice directions app on my phone. When I got to the place, it lit up with a big "check in on Facebook" button.

    Who the fuck would do that?

    Let's just have a "lay your head on the chopping block" app icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    Seems like using facebook as a supplement to your in-person interactions, rather than a replacement, is where a lot of the confusion lies.

    Revolting against what everyone else is doing is an interesting philosophy -- hasn't stopped you from breathing, wearing clothes (or has it?), or doing other things "everyone else" does.

    Then again, once others start revolting too, do you switch over and start doing what you were originally revolting against? That must get frustrating keeping tabs on what others are doing rather than evaluating how you could benefit (or not) from popular activities.
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    Oct 20, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    Please tell me that you're not equating breathing with FaceThing. I mean, one's an involuntary human response.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 20, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    What things are you doing that you feel you need to hide them from everyone. Maybe the problem is not big brother ... maybe you need to re-examine your life and find what it is that you are doing that you feel the need to hide and address that issue instead.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Quite a bit of paranoia in those reasons. Facebook is just a tool for networking/entertainment. It is what you make of it and nothing more. Don't sweat the small stuff.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    social networking is hardly a trend or a fad - it's continuing to grow and evolve all the time.
    As for privacy - the government already knows all about you as do many corporations. Credit cards, debit cards, frequent flyer cards, club cards, etc. all track your spending habits already and have for a long time. That information is readily available to purchase by *any* company. I worked with a company that was buying that information twice a year - very expensive stuff. It was used to target online and mobile advertising based on block groups - each one has a unique ID. Everyone lives in one.
    Facebook and other social media sites aren't doing anything "worse" than other companies with regards to personal information...
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    @ Erik...I'm more than happy not following the latest trends and have no problem not being on Facebook. I get kidded about it all the time and it doesn't bother me the slightest. I finally caved in to get my first cell phone over a year ago. I don't revolt; I'm old fashioned and would care to hear my niece call me that she is engaged versus hearing about it from others that she posted it on Facebook (and that makes it official) so I've been told.

    Again, it may look as I'm old fashioned, as I stated in my opening statement. But am I really missing out on a golden opportunity to interact with complete strangers, like here, are basically, acquaintenances? The concept of "friending" for example or having a million Tweet followers is just not my idea of meeting people.
  • Webster666

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    Oct 20, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    I don't post anything that I wouldn't want others to see.
    I think that Facebook, Realjock, etc. are great social outlets, where it's easy to make friends, unlike in the real world. Sad, but true.

    It DOES eat up a lot of time. But, I still get done everything else that I want to do, or needs to get done.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidToday I used a "turn-by-turn" voice directions app on my phone. When I got to the place, it lit up with a big "check in on Facebook" button.

    Who the fuck would do that?
    People who have such a boring life that they have to share every little bitty insignificant detail of their lives with the entire world in order to get 3 people who click "like" on the stuff they post.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
    *very slow claps*
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    And now you see my point Paul. What a complete waste of time. There are many people who would actually go crazy if they didn't have their Facebook at their fingertips. I'm certain, there are people who sleep with their device. I believe these people were called "crackberries" at one time.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    I realize that the government and lots of corporations are tracking my online life and I'm probably labelled as a homo, commie, subversive (but I'm not really all that subversive), but I don't give a shit because nothing in my online life is that interesting anyway--the interesting shit happens out here in the real world.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    Hiker98 saidAnd now you see my point Paul. What a complete waste of time. There are many people who would actually go crazy if they didn't have their Facebook at their fingertips. I'm certain, there are people who sleep with their device. I believe these people were called "crackberries" at one time.
    Of course they would. That's why they invented Facebook. It's the only way the web developers can get off.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Myol saidQuite a bit of paranoia in those reasons. Facebook is just a tool for networking/entertainment. It is what you make of it and nothing more. Don't sweat the small stuff.


    I support this.

    Also ... for Business marketing is quite a good tool to get your business out there. That including other social medias.
    I'm a Publishing and Marketing major in college so, I do find a good deal of benefit in it.

    But yea ... it is what you make of it ... if you chain yourself to it then you do it. Otherwise if you live your normal life out there and also find time to be in the social networks, fine too. If you're freak out about privacy issues and that the government will know your stuff and what not ... then you're not there and that's it. You live your life the way you want it.

    Fact is .... there is a good bunch of people around the world using it, everyday, at any hour ... so it makes a good channel for Marketing.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    Got to admit Paul. I never saw that coming. I can think of better things that could get me off than feeling my device vibrate letting me know that one of my "friends" liked my pic on a Facebook account.
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    @ Art....Yes, its a great tool for any business; hence, they want to market their products at you and they use Facebook provided member information to get to it. These guys are soooooooo good that I get pop up ads on everything that I have viewed in the last few days from hotels that I recently looked up to underwear. It's gotten so good that every site you look at, you have left a foot print (cookie) for business traffic to know your purchasing habits. Is there any privacy any more?