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No Facebook or Twitter, am I the only one?

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by bigjohn, Nov 2, 2014.

    Nov 2, 2014
  1. bigjohn

    bigjohn Meister Member MM PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    Swimming Pool Serviceman
    Location:
    Northeast Coastal USA
    Am I the only who sees Facebook as a big, Orwellian, data mining, identity compromising, marketing database of personal information?

    Am I just being overly paranoid or....anti-social?:eek2:

    This post is being prompted partly because of the ads I see on so many casino websites (and others) where you can, "Get a special bonus" or "Follow the clues for a special contest", by liking or following them on Facebook. It's as if they are pushing people to join Facebook and, dammit, I don't want to do it.

    A lot of my friends are on Facebook and they tell me, "It's great, you can see what all your old acquaintances are doing nowadays.":rolleyes: There are plenty of people from the past that I don't talk to anymore, and there's usually a reason for that.:eek: You hear stories about people posting that they are going to Grandmas House for the weekend for her big 100th Birthday party and when they get back their house has been robbed while they were away. Or a guy or girl happily married or employed for years then somebody posts some ugly incident from their past on Facebook and they end up in divorce court or losing their career.

    I guess Twitter is a fairly innocuous, you can just read it, but you need to join it to 'follow' somebody. Maybe I'll do that.

    In the meantime, I'd like to see some special promotions for people who can demonstrate that they are not on Facebook.:D

    So, is it only me?
     
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  2. Nov 2, 2014
  3. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

    Occupation:
    The PAB Guy
    Location:
    Saltirelandia
    Nope, not just you. If Facebook wasn't useful for work I'd avoid it like the plague. Twitter is just plain tedious (for me) so I avoid it like I do the dust museum that is accumulating under my desk.
     
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  4. Nov 2, 2014
  5. Jono777

    Jono777 Meister Member CAG mm4 mm1

    Occupation:
    Self- Employeed
    Location:
    Wolverhampton
    A lot of the casino's I've tried over the years (since I learnt to know better) have been down to FaceBook advertising (obviously picking up on what else I get up to on my PC) Should I really admit that :p
     
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  6. Nov 2, 2014
  7. mathsboy1975

    mathsboy1975 Senior Member webmeister

    Occupation:
    software engineer
    Location:
    UK London
    Totally agree. The trouble is that even if you dodge it all completely there is still nothing to stop your friends/acquaintances from uploading photos and stuff of you on THEIR facebook pages. In all honesty I can see the appeal of it for someone who is perhaps living abroad or at a great distance from their friends and family as a means of sharing photos etc. I tried it once, thought it was a waste of time and binned it completely.

    As for being anti-social, I find it can often be the USERS that behave anti-socially. I meet some friends down my local pub most Thursdays. One of my friends sometimes brings his wife and whenever she does show up, she just ignorantly sits there all night on her mobile phone "checking her facebook account". For me that is about as anti-social as it can get and she is not the only person I know who does this. People seem to be unable to go more than 5 minutes without checking their phones these days even though it was only about 15 years ago that most people didn't own one.

    To counter all of the above neo-luddite ranting, I must say that I DO find Twitter to be really useful. I have an account but I use it purely anonymously - I don't communicate with friends on it at all. I don't write tweets myself and essentially use it as a live news feed. I find it particularly useful as a source of sports results as and when they happen.
     
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  8. Nov 2, 2014
  9. weesie

    weesie Ueber Meister

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Old bag lady with a laptop
    I am on FaceBook and it is very useful for me. I do limit my friend and contacts to closer ones and have no desire to locate old school friends.

    It is great as far as keeping up with the kids, which is the main reason I joined.

    I can message any and all of them any time I wish. I don't have to text on my phone or call them ............ the message is there for them if they are not "on" at the moment.

    There are a ton of pages you can "like" or "follow" to keep updated on things you are interested in.

    I have probably saved a ton of "minutes" not using my cell phone for messages.


    It works great.
     
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  10. Nov 2, 2014
  11. miso

    miso Meister Member MM

    Occupation:
    accountant
    Location:
    Ireland
    I use it mainly for video calls, I find it handier than Skype. And of course to be in touch with everybody.

    Then there is the evil side to FB, once they got you, there is no escaping. Officially they don't disclose our info to anyone,
    but it's only a matter of time. They already load our feeds with advertisements based on what we "liked". Not to mention that every post,
    every photograph, every place we visited is stored. Forever. (insert The Man's evil laugh).

    While we're at it...

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
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  12. Nov 2, 2014
  13. syntynyt

    syntynyt kuollut

    Location:
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    in my pov facebook is a very useful tool in nowadays era because consists in everything internet had to offer during last 10 years, communication based. few years ago i needed myspace for bands to follow, hi5 to stay connected wth my friends and make new ones, mirc and yahoo messenger to chat live with strangers and even date some ladies:p, tons of forums for my interests - replaced by fb groups etc. all these are integrated into one big service. recently with webcam addition in chat, skype will have the same faith as YM.
    this place is for people with nothing to hide in public as this stores almost everything in Activity Log and messages, deletion not being enough. if one have something to hide there is always Torchat with no NSA surveillance guaranteed. and maybe MEGA (ex-megaupload) encrypted communication, to come early 2014.
    twitter is popular mainly in the US, like it was(or still is) msn. celebrities are maintaining its breath.
     
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  14. Nov 2, 2014
  15. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    I, too am antisocial and unconnected. No desire or use for the social sites. No kids or grands to keep up with. No cousins I'm dying to look up. I've been online forever and have struggled all these years to keep my personal information OFF the web as much as possible.

    My aunt loves Facebook to keep up with her grand and great grandchildren. They only live a few miles away, too bad they have time to upload and post crap but no time to phone or visit their grandparents which kept them in school clothes and baby sat them when their parents were young and struggling and couldn't afford day care. (pardon my rant... this pseudo 'staying in touch' of our wireless world gripes my a$$)

    The guys at work haunt Facebook on their lunch hour on the boss's computer and every week I have to run MalwareBytes, etc. and clean off browser hijackers, add ons, etc., etc. they've picked up while 'just checking in'.

    One of the bad things about Facebook, Twitter, etc.... as an example.... A local doctor committed suicide a few years ago. Idiots who had no clue (no personal relationship to the family) posted all sorts of wild speculation, gossip, and outright slanderous things about that man - with no thought to what that did to the man's wife and 3 kids who had just lost their loved one under horrible circumstances. Only reason I knew about the nasty buzz going on was my Mom was repeating to me what my aunt had read on there. That kind of idiocy has kept me away from social media.
     
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  16. Nov 3, 2014
  17. P.V.

    P.V. Senior Member webmeister

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    Make money!
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    Turn around...
    I've never been on Twitter, signed up for Facebook one time to contact a guy that broke a contract and needed to get in touch but that was it. I now get Facebook requests but ignore them. :)

    If my true friends or family needs or wants to know how I'm doing they can give me a call or come and visit. I'm not a fan.
     
  18. Nov 3, 2014
  19. randomiam

    randomiam Meister Member

    Occupation:
    n/a
    Location:
    australia
    need to use it

    Been online around 15 years and made many friends and sadly very few use the old msn irc ect anymore.
    And all the invites for things are there to its kind of a trap.
    i use adblock on chrome rips all the adds out
    don't have real name on there thats just giving the add machine to much.
    it will come to some guy at you door at 9am with a case "i saw you liked this movie on facebook would you like to buy a copy you may also like these"
    as i un sellect the items in the pushy sellers case i think how did it ever come to this
    I ONLY COME TO GAMEEEEEE
     
  20. Nov 3, 2014
  21. smithielarry44

    smithielarry44 Dormant account webby

    Occupation:
    Coding
    Location:
    UK
    Just some marketing tools...

    for me they are just marketing tools that I use them from time to time as a professional, but in my privet time I totally avoid them as they offer nothing but ads, spam and cats pics...
    for me social networks are fairly disposable!
     
  22. Nov 10, 2014
  23. MissRuthless

    MissRuthless Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Over Worked Under Paid
    Location:
    Australia

    Nope, I too not have either of those accounts. And probably most likely never will.
    Just does not interest me, nor do I like idea of facebook.
     
  24. Nov 10, 2014
  25. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

    Occupation:
    International Money Launderer
    Location:
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    Faecebook and Twatter are the herpes of modern society, a vehicle for banal and tedious drivel and airing of the washing in public. I can see the appeal to trace old friends, but I mean who the f*** wants to see 'here's a photo of the pasta I made for tea' or 'isn't my mongrel cute curled up in his little basket'??? Oh, and let's jump on the latest bandwagon, whatever it may be - 'here's a video of me tipping a bucket of ice over my head'.
    You may as well just design your home like one of those doll houses where it folds out so you can see into every room. There's 7 billion people on this planet, why not go and meet some real ones? :(
     
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  26. Nov 10, 2014
  27. davdav5678

    davdav5678 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Architects
    Location:
    ESSEX UK
    Cant be bother with facebook either .I had account then deleted it :notworthy yaw Noisy parker book I call it and curtain twitters the other site

    self obsessed people taking pics .:eek:

    :confused:

    I seen in the past loads of prom on facebook and twitter on friends account with casino's offering comps and proms not fair lol

    Used to get loads of unwanted emails as well from rubbish thing sure it was facebook doing selling email details
     
  28. Nov 11, 2014
  29. Zabier

    Zabier Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Writer
    Location:
    Cardiff
    I have contradicting views on Facebook and Twitter. I run an 11 a side football team so it's ideal for organising that. I find to set up social events and get the lads chatting in the private group is a great way to improve the atmosphere and squad spirit. I also use it for work purposes and I find it very useful for that.

    However, I am very aware of how the information I post up can be seen by people I might not want it seen by and now I have a son I am very cautious about privacy settings and what photos we post up. I don't really use my private Twitter account. I just don't think anyone cares enough to read it but once again I do use it for football and work.

    If anyone has seen the Black Mirror series by Charlie Brooker then that's a frighteningly uncomfortable look at how things like social media and technology could potentially unravel in the future. Well worth checking it out if you haven't.
     
  30. Nov 11, 2014
  31. Balthazar

    Balthazar The Governor

    Occupation:
    Leader
    Location:
    Woodbury
    Who needs Facebook when the government can do all that (and then some) on ALL your internet activities? Internet isn't the place for privacy.
     
  32. Nov 13, 2014
  33. Zabier

    Zabier Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Writer
    Location:
    Cardiff
    That comment seems even more sinister when it's coming from the avatar of The Governor! :D
     
  34. Nov 17, 2014
  35. syntynyt

    syntynyt kuollut

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    i just joined this club. a prudish person from facebook staff never seen before an optical illusion. they only had to click on the bloody image to see in a better resolution 3 pigs. now i will follow my bands through metal archives which is a bit harder. i wonder which stupid friend reported that as i never commented from the time i uploaded that nice pic.
    No Facebook or Twitter, am I the only one?: www.jpg,Nov 17, 2014
     
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  36. Nov 17, 2014
  37. davdav5678

    davdav5678 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Architects
    Location:
    ESSEX UK
     
  38. Nov 17, 2014
  39. bigjohn

    bigjohn Meister Member MM PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    Swimming Pool Serviceman
    Location:
    Northeast Coastal USA
    Looks like one of those things where somebody sits on the office copying machine at the Christmas Party. :eek:Such filth you posted on Face book, I'm speechless!:D
     

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