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Andvis there anyone other than me who doesn't Facebook?*
*yes, I just used Facebook as a verb
It's like saying you don't own a TV.
Facebook started really getting popular when I was in my final year at university and I didn't have the time to invest in setting it up and getting involved. When I finished, I was wary of being a Johnny-Come-Lately and, frankly, didn't want to keep in touch with some of the wankers I had to sit in tutorials with (or scary ex-girlfriends from past lives).
I can understand why people sign up and why people enjoy it, but the thought of having all my personal details in one place is way too daunting for me to consider it now.
But I'm of the generation for whom the point of the net was anonymity, and I can't shake it
I don't know if I can be bothered though. I've deleted lots of friends a lots of pictures so I may just do it anyway.
lets start a support group..
Shall we call it Hugzone?
Although I do have a fake account with no friends so that I can see when people post links that are on facebook but seldom use it.
If it gets to the point where I'm literally forced to (due to everyone I know communicating exclusively on there) then I suppose I will sign up properly, but still won't use my real name. That way I can avoid feeling bad about not adding people I don't like.
I still find it weird that people are so happy to freely give away so much personal information, maybe I'm too private for facebook.
Oddly enough, none of those in Newcastle, or in my home town have set up accounts, let alone made the switch.
but don't post or have any followers on there apart from some randomers who I presume want me to follow them back. Likewise I find the whole obsession some people have with updating the world with what they are currently doing just bizarre. I guess some people are just addicted to it/or think that other people give a shit about their mundane lives.
don't have to share any personal information.
May as well just email surely, well apart from being nosey to see what other people are up to.
in front of your mirror in a dressing gown
I'm playing trinity, not neo
Not just students, but just students at a couple of UK universities (and all the American ones too). Heady times.
i've logged on once since disabling my old account and it just looks really tired and people tell you far too much about themselves.
I actually look at Twitter because someone might occasionally post a good link. On Facebook, that happens too, but the effort of wading through a million boring updates is far too much.
also, my flatmates and distant relatives started using it to contact me. Nothing so depressing as noting you have several new messages and they turn out to be dull
are the people who spend all the time loudly telling you how THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE AN ACCOUNT or, they do but they're THINKING OF DELETING IT or that FACEBOOK IS EVIL. DID YOU KNOW THEY GATHER DATA ON YOU AND SEND IT TO THE GOVERNMENT OR SOMETHING?
It's not the best thing ever, nor is it the worst. It's a tool which some people find handy to communicate/timewaste and some people don't. Whether you do or don't use it does not provide you with either the moral high ground or a nobler soul either way.
and made a new one, with only the people i actually like on it. seems to be working quite well.
...and there i was, a few months ago, getting called a paranoid freak for getting fb on major lockdown (no bullshit apps, no 'platform' stuff, nowt apart from a glorified twitter+flickr+delicious combo)... where were you then, sane and rational DiSers, where were you then...?
"the thought of having all my personal details in one place is way too daunting for me to consider it now."
"I still find it weird that people are so happy to freely give away so much personal information,"
You don't have to add any personal information - mine has my birthday on it (no year), and nothing else... And anything you do add is only visible to people you add as friends, so what's the big deal?
It's a nice way of keeping in touch with friends you don't see often, and sharing pics of people you do. WASSSABIGPROBLME?
I don't feel the need to tell all my friends everything I'm up to all the time. I can still email pics if I feel the need.
you sure about that?
i wouldn't want to come right out and say you're wrong, but last time i browsed through the Ts&Cs it seemed that anyone with fb "platform" turned on (i.e. everyone with even a single app) was leaving themselves open to all kinds of shizzle. the access apps get is far from clearly defined, unless you turn platform off (in which case, it'll be zero).
i know you don't have to share personal stuff, but there are so many people whe are incredibly naive as to what info can end up where. even someone trying to keep tabs on it would do well to understand it all properly.
but, as I said, it's just a glorified twitter+flickr+delicious combo that i only put a limited amount of stuff onto, so meh.
msn and texting is good enough for me. and now if i want to update people who don't care about the most mundane minutiae of my life, i have twitter.