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Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:47 pm

As i was just preparing to delete my Facebook account, i came across this article.

http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines...facebook-will-end-on-october-15th/

I would be glad to see it happening. The social world would get a chance to become a bit more healthy.

How do you feel about this? Could you live without Facebook or already getting healed from the addiction - or you're not even using it?
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:55 pm

I've been living without Facebook just fine for the past three years. I finally deactivated my account a month ago. I've noticed a lot of others deactivating their accounts as well. Obviously that article is ridiculous but I do think it's on the decline, especially my generation (turning 30 this year).
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:03 pm

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“... Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”

Meh... bar one or two exceptions, all my Facebook friends are simply real-life friends and acquaintances with whom I keep in touch through Facebook. I think it's nice to know a few of the little things they're up to, small stuff that doesn't warrant a call or an e-mail - and for that, Facebook is just right.

What I'm trying to say is that the "Facebook members have no lives" joke is lame.
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:18 pm

I could cope without Facebook fine I think, although it has its uses for staying in touch with people I knew from University, organizing Alumni events and it even allowed me to become good friends with someone on the other side of the world who I had the pleasure of meeting in June. It certainly enhances my social experience versus hindering it.

I think Facebook closing however would impact a certain segment of many countries economies, as there are teams of people now employed solely to manage business accounts on Facebook; something that was hard to believe a while ago.

Of course there will always be a certain segment of users who have nothing better to do than pay to play lousy games on it, install applications that steal their data or add people who have less than friendly intentions, but those types of people exist in all areas - I simply remove anyone who posts anything I would regard as annoying; and it seems to work well.

As for the users who shut themselves off from the real world, perhaps they are having real world social interaction problems and Facebook has finally helped them break the chains - no everyone is capable of making friends in he real world so easily; and in this case I would argue Facebook is making the world more social.

Like it or not, Facebook isn't going anywhere soon.

(I would like to point out that the article is from a spoof news website so there's no ounce of truth to it.)

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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:24 pm

What's Facebook?   Never had it.
 
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:11 pm

Facebook isn't for everybody but I wouldn't celebrate it's demise or knock people for using it.
Facebook has been great to reconnect with people I've lost contact with years ago. For us older people that were around before the Internet, it was easy to lose contact when people moved. Telephone numbers change, many didn't have listed numbers and some people may go through some tragedy and fall out of contact for awhile and need to restart in a new city. All of my Facebook friends are people I've known in real life. Many from years ago when I was a kid. Also when you move to a foreign country, it's good to keep in contact with others and allow your close friends and relatives to keep in touch with you. It sure as hell beats writing multiple letters, emails, attaching individual photos etc. It also cuts down on the number of call you make.

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
all my Facebook friends are simply real-life friends and acquaintances with whom I keep in touch through Facebook. I think it's nice to know a few of the little things they're up to, small stuff that doesn't warrant a call or an e-mail - and for that, Facebook is just right.



  
Same here.

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
What I'm trying to say is that the "Facebook members have no lives" joke is lame.


The only ones with no lives are the ones that send game request to play Farmville, TexasHold'em and other game apps.   
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:15 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
The only ones with no lives are the ones that send game request to play Farmville, TexasHold'em and other game apps.

I block every single one of those apps as soon as I get any sort of notification. It works a treat.  
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:19 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Facebook has been great to reconnect with people I've lost contact with years ago. For us older people that were around before the Internet, it was easy to lose contact when people moved. Telephone numbers change, many didn't have listed numbers and some people may go through some tragedy and fall out of contact for awhile and need to restart in a new city. All of my Facebook friends are people I've known in real life. Many from years ago when I was a kid. Also when you move to a foreign country, it's good to keep in contact with others and allow your close friends and relatives to keep in touch with you. It sure as hell beats writing multiple letters, emails, attaching individual photos etc. It also cuts down on the number of call you make.

  

Not only that, but it's good for other things, too. For example, a private secret group that we created is perfect for planning our Burning Man camp this year. It's good for organizing group projects like that.

Anyway, this "Facebook will end!" and "Facebook will start charging!" business goes around at least once every year. I will dismiss as absurd that a gigantic company with a user base in the hundreds of millions (if not billions by this time) would suddenly shut down all operations at some date three months in the future for no apparent reason. Facebook, like Google, is basically an advertising firm and they are doing a roaring business. They aren't going to just shut down to mess with all of us. That makes as much sense as UA announcing that, for no good reason, they are going to cease all operations on October 15th.
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:43 pm

Obviously a fake story. Any company that is a going concern has no legitimate reason to shut down, especially considering it is now publicly held (imagine the severance packages though!).

Hypothetically, if Facebook ever did shutdown out of the blue, tens of thousands would be directly impacted. Most companies that deal directly with the end-user have people specifically whose job it is to monitor Facebook and Twitter all day. Additionally, huge companies that generate the bulk of their revenue from developing Facebook games/apps would be toast. Not to mention all the Facebook employees themselves, not that any of them would have difficulty finding another job in Silicon Valley.

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
bar one or two exceptions, all my Facebook friends are simply real-life friends and acquaintances with whom I keep in touch through Facebook. I think it's nice to know a few of the little things they're up to, small stuff that doesn't warrant a call or an e-mail - and for that, Facebook is just right.

Agreed. It's also a great way to view and share pictures/videos from friends' travels without having to send them all via email to each person.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
The only ones with no lives are the ones that send game request to play Farmville, TexasHold'em and other game apps.

One of the best features Facebook ever included was the ability to block those stupid requests.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
Anyway, this "Facebook will end!" and "Facebook will start charging!" business goes around at least once every year.

Just look at the source of the article. I knew right away to disregard it.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
Not only that, but it's good for other things, too.

Absolutely. I'm currently using it as a marketing/recruiting tool for a inter-university business team I'm an advisor to. In only a few short months we've had amazing results.

Quoting Tupolev160 (Thread starter):
Could you live without Facebook...?

Yes, but on the condition I would be able to back-up all my pictures and videos from it before it disappeared.
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:48 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
That makes as much sense as UA announcing that, for no good reason, they are going to cease all operations on October 15th.

Great, Doc, now that rumor is going to start flying around the forums... 
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:46 pm

Honestly I cant believe people actually believe this garbage. I really wonder about some people...Seriously.
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:01 pm

I guess if the Weekly World News will eventually get it right, as they've previously published this same article in January of last claiming the site would close down on March 15, 2011. They then moved it to March 15, 2012., and this is third closure date they've been known to have published.

When in doubt about something, especially from a "reputable" site like WWN, you can depend on Snopes.com to set your straight:

http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/closure.asp
 
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:18 pm

Quoting moose135 (Reply 9):
Great, Doc, now that rumor is going to start flying around the forums...

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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:31 pm

Seeing as Facebook is a publicly listed company, it's not up to Mark Zuckerburg to decide whether to shut it down or not now. He needs approval from all shareholders, who I doubt will grant it unless he buys all their shares back.
 
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:07 pm

I think Ive heard about it shutting down numerous times.....Yep, another bogus story.

But hey if its on the Internet it must be true!

I will say i'm very very happy I deleted mine last year!
 
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:30 pm

Seriously, did so many of you not even bother to look up the name of the source?
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:41 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 10):
Honestly I cant believe people actually believe this garbage. I really wonder about some people...Seriously.

Does anyone really believe it?

Quoting aloges (Reply 15):
Seriously, did so many of you not even bother to look up the name of the source?

Seriously, I don't think anyone here has actually fallen for it. The discussion that has resulted is more of a "what if" discussion as well as others feeling the need to justify having Facebook.
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:44 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
I guess if the Weekly World News will eventually get it right, as they've previously published this same article in January of last claiming the site would close down on March 15, 2011. They then moved it to March 15, 2012., and this is third closure date they've been known to have published.

When in doubt about something, especially from a "reputable" site like WWN, you can depend on Snopes.com to set your straight:

http://www.snopes.com/computer/faceb...e.asp

I wonder if Harold Camping runs the site...  
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:09 pm

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 16):
Does anyone really believe it?

There are lots of gullible people in this world that would believe anything they read on the internet. Just goes to show how mindless some people are. Also the people who write this stuff obviously have nothing better to do.
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:19 pm

I heard aliens are actually running Facebook.
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:31 pm

Quoting Tupolev160 (Thread starter):
I would be glad to see it happening. The social world would get a chance to become a bit more healthy.

Facebook is not the problem. People are the problem.

As with pretty much anything in life.

(that's assuming you think there is a problem)
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:51 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
There are lots of gullible people in this world that would believe anything they read on the internet.
Quoting hOmsaR (Reply 19):
I heard aliens are actually running Facebook.

     

OMG, reeeaaally???  

That explains an awful lot!

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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:02 am

Quoting hOmsaR (Reply 19):

Nope. It's the Poopsmith. It was a project he & the King of Town came up with to keep up with what's her name...
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:54 am

I would love to see a world without facebook!
Facebook is so annoying, everywhere you should give a "like" or everywhere is written "Become a Fan of us on facebook"

 
 
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RE: Facebook: The End - Some Healthy Development

Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:56 pm

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 23):
Facebook is so annoying, everywhere you should give a "like" or everywhere is written "Become a Fan of us on facebook"

I find it easy to ignore, just like all the other "share this" buttons from Google Plus, Linked In and so on.
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