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LadyGray
05-15-2010, 01:08 AM
I think that's an excellent point.



:scream:


I think facebook has its definite pluses. It's particularly useful for people like me, who are constantly moving and have lived in many different countries. If it wasn't for facebook, I wouldn't have a social life. Facebook enables you to keep casual acquaintances at a distance, and that's vital to my balance. If facebook wasn't there, I don't think I'd be able to put up with this lifestyle. That may sound a bit extreme, but it's true... Having daily interaction with my closest friends on the other side of the earth, and having 2/3 a year interaction with a couple of hundred others wouldn't happen so naturally without it.

I also got my last job through facebook, and all the serious employment options I've had this year have been through facebook as well! so :cheer2: facebook.

I agree with your points here. I have had several, mostly unrelated groups of close friends throughout my lifetime (people from my former dance company, old classmates, college friends, friends from my old hometown, friends from my new hometown, work colleagues from more than one workplace, etc.) and I am happy to have FB to help me stay in touch on a regular basis with each of these groups of people (as well as mostly everyone in my very large family). Since I joined FB a little over a year ago, I have made (and continue to make) in-person connections with people from each of these groups, some of whom I hadn't seen in well over a decade.

Interestingly, because he saw me posting on FB late last night, my uncle realized I was up and called me from his new house in the Philippines (I live in the U. S.). He said it only occurred to him to try me because seeing me on FB put me in his mind (just to be clear, I am one of 27 first cousins, so he has a lot of nieces and nephews to try to think of :lol: ). Anyhow, we had a lovely, hour-long phone conversation that may not have happened otherwise.

I love FB and will continue to be vigilant about protecting my privacy (I don't list any personal info like work, schools, birthday, residence, e-mail, etc.,-- I figure that the people who I want to know that information already know that information).

danceronice
05-15-2010, 03:55 AM
A high school friend of mine has been posting weekly photos of her pregnant belly. On Wednesdays. Which we are supposed to be calling, from now until the birth, "Susie's Bump Day". On Mondays and Tuesdays, she reminds us that the day is almost here because she knows we "are all looking forward to it!" She's always been a bit self-absorbed.



I'd defriend that person, and it wouldn't have anything to do with Facebook.

IceAlisa
05-15-2010, 04:00 AM
I'd defriend that person, and it wouldn't have anything to do with Facebook.

You could also hide their newsfeed. I've done it with a couple of people. :shuffle:

Norlite
05-15-2010, 11:46 AM
You could also hide their newsfeed. I've done it with a couple of people. :shuffle:


That's what I do. Like you, just to a couple people.


PDilemma's friend would definitely be one of those.

PDilemma
05-15-2010, 02:52 PM
That's what I do. Like you, just to a couple people.


PDilemma's friend would definitely be one of those.

But, see...there's a dilemma there. Part of me wants to defriend or hide her, and part of me wants to leave her there for mocking purposes. So far the second part is winning. :lol:

numbers123
05-15-2010, 03:50 PM
I recently found that facebook had linked to another email address that I NEVER USED with facebook. But used a computer with that primary email address but never used that email address to connect with facebook.

I changed the password, but if I had the save my password or leave me logged in I am not asked for the new password.

But there is a new feature, if you know about it or discover it by going through the settings that can notify you if a log in has happened at a new location that is not known. Don't know if that works for any system that you might have already been logged into.

Reuven
05-15-2010, 04:25 PM
Whilst a user does seem to be able to set privacy rules, FB seems to keep doing things like numbers' issue ^ and not telling users. That's just another reason I won't join FB.

algonquin
05-15-2010, 09:15 PM
I love FB and will continue to be vigilant about protecting my privacy (I don't list any personal info like work, schools, birthday, residence, e-mail, etc.,-- I figure that the people who I want to know that information already know that information).Same here.

On another Facebook related note, does anyone find rather weird when couples, married or not, write message to each other in the status updates?

Desperado
05-15-2010, 09:20 PM
I closed my FB account eight months ago after being on for two years. I never used third party apps because I didn't want to share my info with total unknowns, add high privacy settings and a very small picture of myself that no one could recognize.

However, he straw that broke it for me was when I realized that they kept all the email addresses in my Outlook contacts list after I did a search for friends through my contacts when I first opened the account.

I found out because I got a "so and so" is now on FB, do you want to friend him? He was an out of town friend and we had no FB friends in common so it took me a while to figure out how they linked us together.

I realized then that I had offered them addresses of people that might never have wanted FB to "own" their information. And they kept it for TWO YEARS in their database, they could keep it forever and we would never know what they did with it.

I had also heard that the copyright of any picture you post automatically reverts to Facebook and I didn't appreciate this at all either.

*Jen*
05-15-2010, 09:36 PM
[QUOTE=Desperado;2761520
However, he straw that broke it for me was when I realized that they kept all the email addresses in my Outlook contacts list after I did a search for friends through my contacts when I first opened the account. [/QUOTE]

My sister had a similar problem. You should never, ever give them your email password. In my sister's case, they sent a friend request to everyone in her address book, so she ended up with friends she didn't want.

I hope you deleted everything off your account before you closed it - it's the only way to get rid of information.

PDilemma
05-15-2010, 09:41 PM
On another Facebook related note, does anyone find rather weird when couples, married or not, write message to each other in the status updates?

Yes. Very. Especially married couples who have entire conversations on their walls when it is apparent that they are at home using separate computers to do so.

Also, people who post messages to their small children who cannot read as their statuses. As in "Happy 1st b-day, baby Johnny. Mommy loves you!"
Uh...baby does not have an account and cannot read yours. Why don't you just tell us that it is baby's 1st b-day since it is obvious that you posted this so we would know that?

algonquin
05-16-2010, 12:21 AM
Yes. Very. Especially married couples who have entire conversations on their walls when it is apparent that they are at home using separate computers to do so. It is just odd and can't make for a healthy marriage.

genevieve
05-16-2010, 12:30 AM
I don't think it's odd for couples to post on their FB profiles at all...so many people post to FB from their phones now. now, if it's all smooshy, TMI stuff about how awesome they are as a couple...gag. But that would be gag-worthy even if only one person in the couple is posting it.

heckles
05-16-2010, 12:43 AM
I realized then that I had offered them addresses of people that might never have wanted FB to "own" their information. And they kept it for TWO YEARS in their database, they could keep it forever and we would never know what they did with it.

If you added an ex-friend to your e-mail address book years ago, subsequently blocked him because you had a falling out but you forgot to purge him from your address book, he will be invited to your FB account if you give FB your e-mail password. FB will not notice that you blocked this person, it will just automatically invite all the names in your address book.

maggylyn
05-16-2010, 01:10 AM
I recently realized that lots of skaters seem to be accepting absolutely anybody and everybody who asks to friend them. And these don't seem to be facebook accounts that are similar to an official site - with only skating/public information, but their own personal accounts, with private family pictures and stuff relating to their SO's.

Is it just me - this seems so weird and creepy, not to mention stupid.