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What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:05 pm

According to a recent short-term study, "Twitter tweets are 40% 'babble'" and "only 8.7% of messages could be said to have "value" as they passed along news of interest":

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8204842.stm

What do you use your social network accounts for? I never thought Twitter was supposed to be used for messages containing "news of interest", and I use it to post status messages about what I'm doing or other random thoughts, to keep in touch with a group of contacts that I wouldn't normally talk to so often.

The same goes for Facebook - except that this particular platform is becoming flooded with quizzes and useless groups that make it almost unusable.

What are your thoughts on this, and what social networks do you use, if at all?
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:28 pm



Quoting ManuCH (Thread starter):
What do you use your social network accounts for? I never thought Twitter was supposed to be used for messages containing "news of interest", and I use it to post status messages about what I'm doing or other random thoughts, to keep in touch with a group of contacts that I wouldn't normally talk to so often.

The same goes for Facebook - except that this particular platform is becoming flooded with quizzes and useless groups that make it almost unusable.

They can be used for many things. Getting in touch with friends, you can send out mass invites to parties or other social events. The best part is basically letting people know what's on your mind. The best site for this to me is not Twitter but Facebook. I think twitter is more for celebrities rather than the average person. But be careful how you use these sites because they have gotten people fired from their jobs, killed, ruined relationships, and gotten people arrested. A couple of these sites, including myspace, has been essential in murder trials.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:41 pm

I avoid Social Networks like the plague. I just don't like the idea of having so much info about me out there. I have family members who are on MyFace constantly, sendimg each other (and me) constant updates on insignificant events, trying to add more and more people to their 'networks'.

Well here is what happened to a similar person...

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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:52 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
I avoid Social Networks like the plague

Me too. The only social network I use in Linked In for professional networking. Facebook is the worst of the lot.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:03 pm

I'm on FB, Twitter and LinkedIn. I add people only if I really know them. I'm careful about what I put up and what I allow others to put up and I control viewer privileges like the Gestapo. I don't really have much to hide so...

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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:21 pm

I only use FB and so far have been satisfied with it. It has allowed me to stay in touch with my family and friends better and for cheaper than if I tried to do it all on the phone or flying to see them. At the end of the day, though, it's a tool, and it can be as damaging or as useful as you use it.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Well here is what happened to a similar person...

That was a really dumb decision on that user's part but I don't think it's fair to blame FB at all. Like I said, it's a tool. The site does not force you to use it nor does it require you to publish any information you don't want to (other than your name for obvious reasons). You don't even have to post pictures of yourself or let anyone know what you are up to, or give "strangers" your phone number, address, etc. These sort of attacks against FB and similar sites are rubbish IMO; the idiots who get in trouble through these sites most likely would have gotten in trouble even if the internet had not existed.
 
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Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:22 pm

I have Facebook. I had others but I deleted them, too many profiles is a bad idea. But Facebook is getting annoying, I must say, as the everyone and their pets are on it now. I avoid putting too much information about me on Fbook though. I think that is important. I also restrict my contacts to people that I k now and family. I do not accept invitations from people I don't know.
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Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:46 pm

I signed up on facebook some months ago. It's a good way to stay in touch with friends and family overseas because virtually everyone I know has an account there. I make sure I don't share too much about myself as privacy is a major concern of mine.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:51 pm

Facebook is good, except I agree, it's being flooded with quizzes/applications/groups that are completely useless and a total waste of time.

They should really do something about this, because it's getting ridiculous.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:45 pm

I signed up for Twitter eons ago, but haven't used it beyond a dozen tweets in the beginning. It's funny to get e-mail every now and then that people are following me ... 'cos I haven't sent any tweets out since April 2007.

Facebook and MySpace, I see no need for them, especially the whacked out pages I've seen for a few people.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:11 pm

Primarily for stalking... and amusement...

As jokes aside, I just use Facebook to keep up with family and close friends... killed off MySpace and Twitter is useless...
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:11 pm



Quoting YOWza (Reply 4):
I'm on FB, Twitter and LinkedIn. I add people only if I really know them. I'm careful about what I put up and what I allow others to put up and I control viewer privileges like the Gestapo.

The same here.

I am on Facebook. I am on these two others also but never use them.

I am super extra cautious with FB never posting anything about my personal life.
I only post about topics I like (F1, music, travel, airlines, planes, picture albums that are always totally neutral). I don't post about my life.

The reason for this?

I learned that Facebook paid $45 Million for the rights of anything every person ever posts on the Internet. This is part of a sub grid that picks up and tracks to each person any Internet activity from posting on Twitter to anything at all. Facbook even owns the rights to the pictures you upload there.  Wow!

Make that 50.
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Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million.

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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:22 pm



Quoting A332 (Reply 10):

As jokes aside, I just use Facebook to keep up with family and close friends... killed off MySpace and Twitter is useless...

Ditto. While yes the quizzes/apps are annoying, I just have them set to "ignore" and I barely get spammed by them.
 
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:31 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 11):
Facbook even owns the rights to the pictures you upload there.

Shouldn't that be their right?

Considering it is Facebook that purchases & maintains the vast database so that we can house & display our pictures free of charge... why would any protest Facebook's right to that material?

We do have the option of not utilizing their service... save the protests for something worthwhile.
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Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:09 pm



Quoting A332 (Reply 13):
Considering it is Facebook that purchases & maintains the vast database so that we can house & display our pictures free of charge... why would any protest Facebook's right to that material?

If you send a manuscript to your publisher from a free-mail account, do you give up the intellectual property rights to the e-mail provider? Should Microsoft now get paid for the book you wrote?
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Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:15 pm



Quoting ManuCH (Thread starter):
What do you use your social network accounts for? I never thought Twitter was supposed to be used for messages containing "news of interest", and I use it to post status messages about what I'm doing or other random thoughts, to keep in touch with a group of contacts that I wouldn't normally talk to so often.

The same goes for Facebook

That's what I use facebook for as well...

Primarily just to keep in touch with former classmates from high school and college and to essentially let everyone else know what I am up to.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:51 pm



Quoting Charles79 (Reply 5):
I only use FB and so far have been satisfied with it. It has allowed me to stay in touch with my family and friends better and for cheaper than if I tried to do it all on the phone or flying to see them

Same for me. Helps me keep in touch with family overseas, old classmates, etc.

And my band has a Myspace page, which is a decent venue for that sort of thing.

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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:06 pm

I have Facebook on the highest security settings and only 60 family/friends/old school friends are in my allowed list.
 
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Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:30 am

I use the Social networks to keep in contact with old collegues & few friends.......The other things are unimportant.
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Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:05 am

I don't use any of the social networking sites as I think they are time holes. I have better things to do than to read about somebody typing a mailing label on Twitter.

Plus there are a LOT of nut cases out there, and most of them have accounts at these sites. Please, I encounter enough nut jobs in my daily life, I don't need any more of them.

If I have to communicate with my far flung family, we just call each other and share photos by e-mail.

And LASTLY, remember that once you put something out there on the Internet, it's there FOREVER!
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Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:12 am

I joined MySpace some time ago to, like a lot of people here, keep in touch/reconnect with old friends (and new ones too). But, I canceled my account there solely for technical reasons. Viewing any page other than my own cased my DSL modem difficulty and I got sick of resetting it.

I wasn't going to get involved in another social networking site but long story short...I'm on Facebook now, simply to keep the lines of communication open. Thankfully, most in my circle of friends don't really use all those apps and whatnot that some people here are complaining about.
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Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:33 am

These Networks serve as an excellent tool to find long lost ffriends...Thereafter its Email & Telephone once those contacts have been made.
I recently joined facebook & managed to find 134 of my old friends from school/college/work days of many years,got their Email Addresses & cell nos and it helps.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:16 pm

I selfdeleted my accounts on 2 social networks a couple of months ago. I don't miss them and I am not part of any other, except a.net Big grin

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Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:23 pm



Quoting ManuCH (Thread starter):
What Do You Use Social Networks For?

networking


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Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:08 am



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):

I remember seeing a discussion about this on GMA the one time, and they said how you should avoid posting things about your job. I am on FB occasionally, and I do not post anything work-related on there. If I do post anything, it's usually something like, "man what an exhausting day," yet even that could be a bit risky.

Now, to flat out call someone a "wanker" or any name really, is just ignorant on so many levels. I sure hope that person above is/was happy, as it looks as tho she just gave herself an inadvertent self-written/addressed/etc. pink slip...

Tsk tsk tsk...

Again, I use FB solely for social purposes, and I only have about 60 or so friends on there, while there are those who have upwards of about a thousand or more... Me, I could care less, always have and always will...
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Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:10 am



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 24):
how you should avoid posting things about your job. I am on FB occasionally, and I do not post anything work-related on there

True even on Anet I try not to reference directly.....Its always an indirect reference.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:51 pm

I love Facebook. Perfect break at work. The stuff people put on there cracks me up.  Smile All the girls posing on the beach and what not.

I do, however, keep it completely apart from any work-related contacts. I just don't want to worry about what I can or can't post there.
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Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:25 pm

I use Facebook a good amount. I have friends all over the world, some I have not seen in a while but it nice to be able to keep in contact easily and that is what facebook is best at. Because you do not need to remember e-mail addresses or the person does not need to be online to talk to them. It is a simple way to communicate with people. In ten years I think I will still have it and see what friends from 10 years ago are up to etc...
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Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:45 pm

I always stuck by my opinion (If you're over 30 and have a FB or MySpace account, you're a loser), but I am still bothered by friends/family about starting an account, so I may just break down and do it...

Just found this on CNN.com:

The 12 most annoying types of Facebookers

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Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:53 pm

Ugh. Having never been a social butterfly to begin with, I only have Facebook, and visit it MAYBE once a month. I never accept friend requests from people I either barely know or it takes me more than ten seconds to remember who they are...

I'm shocked at the amount of 30-40 year olds that post such childish crap.

Having said that, my father just signed up!! This is the man who types with two fingers...I can't believe it.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:07 am



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Well here is what happened to a similar person...

hahaha.....priceless! She got what she deserved though.

I use Facebook as I live abroad since many years, and this is a great tool to keep in contact with both family and friends.

What surprises me a bit is how often some of these people are updating their status. They basically tell everything they do, and when they are doing it.
I never write about what I do and am about to do as I don't think it needs to be said on the web. No one can try to convince me that the web is secure just because I have a username and password.
So therefore I'm always careful about what information I share.

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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:29 am



Quoting Sudden (Reply 30):
So therefore I'm always careful about what information I share.

Thats what one needs to know when posting anywhere on the net.

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 29):
Having said that, my father just signed up!! This is the man who types with two fingers...I can't believe it.

sounds like me......I type with my right index finger & use the left index finger for the shift key.trust me I'm fast  Smile
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Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:55 am



Quoting ManuCH (Thread starter):
The same goes for Facebook - except that this particular platform is becoming flooded with quizzes and useless groups that make it almost unusable.

What are your thoughts on this, and what social networks do you use, if at all?

I use both facebook and twitter, I find twitter a complete waste of time and really can't see the point to it.

The quizzes can be fun but after awhile they can get annoying, I also find that after you added most of the friends and family then facebook suggesting new people is a complete waste of time.

Facebook is good to catch up with friends from school and family members who live overseas. I also seem to have a few airliners.net members as friends as well.
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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:58 am

It seems to be an unanimous opinion that you should be careful in sharing personal stuff on the net, which is also my point of view. I only tell the net what I want it to know, as it will be "public and forever" once you publish it.

I've noticed an interesting trend among some of my non-social-network friends (those who are not registered on any of them): they keep reading my blog and my Twitter updates *often* (they're already informed about what I did before I can tell them), yet they keep asking me why I do it and tell me they just don't understand how someone can put this kind of information on the net. They do so as if they had a personal gain if I stopped updating my blog, and they sound almost jealous.

I'm not a psychologist, but that's certainly an interesting behavior. Has anyone of you noticed it?
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Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:27 pm

I'm shocked no one brought up the "dating" aspect of social networking. I know several people that have met through FB/myspace for something or another... One night stands, booty-buddies, ex's, couples. Not my thing but whatever.

To me, mySpace is basically a place for the tween crowd to advertise themselves. (Did anyone else get sick of seeing the self mirror model pic???   ). Closed down mySpace and moved on to FB, which seemed more 'mature'. Facebook eventually turned into the same old mySpace crowd. A huge negative for me was having all my supervisors and colleagues on FB. That renders it useless to vent.

After a few months I just decided I could do without any of it. I only found a few old friends that I cared to keep up with and exchange numbers/emails. Who really has time to read hundreds of updates anyway? I'd rather read a.net  Wink

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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:08 am



Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 19):
I don't use any of the social networking sites as I think they are time holes.

They can be serious time holes if one person lets it be that way. I think there fine if you use it for close contacts.

Quoting Homer71 (Reply 28):
always stuck by my opinion (If you're over 30 and have a FB or MySpace account, you're a loser), but I am still bothered by friends/family about starting an account, so I may just break down and do it...

Just found this on CNN.com:

The 12 most annoying types of Facebookers

I just got back from my 20 year High School reunion and I never had a FB account till I got back. Mostly at the request of some classmates I decided to start mine to keep in touch. Most of these people I have known since grade school. The main reason I would use any social networking site is just that, and the fact I fly to San Clemente Island where my cell phone is unreliable. My wife likes to post messages to me. I only have 28 friends and may just keep it that way.

After 2-3 days of using it I'm getting bored of the silly babble with some people but especially those who play the silly games and have to post that they attained a new level/status Yeah sure . One of my classmates poked me with a poll about me "Do you think so and so has a funny nose Confused The only people who can see my profile info are my friends that’s it,

I'm of the opinion that if you spend way too much time on those sites that you have no life/or a loser. I guess it depends on what you use it for. I don’t think FB is bad everyone has different purpose for using it. However if you have a life live it I say.

I wonder if I posted that article on my page would most of those friends hate me all the sudden? Big grin

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RE: What Do You Use Social Networks For?

Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:30 am



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):

This comes to mind. I am on Facebook and it is funny to find people from my past.


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Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:56 am



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 36):
Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):


This comes to mind. I am on Facebook and it is funny to find people from my past.

Wow! Yeah she's a winner.  laughing 

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