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Facebook [Jun. 16th, 2011|10:53 am]
Tony Grist
I understand Facebook is losing adherents in the USA and the UK. I'm not particularly surprised. It was a fad- like Hula Hoops. 
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[User Picture]From: chiller
2011-06-16 10:04 am (UTC)
I suspect the facial recognition thing has pushed some people over the edge.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 10:32 am (UTC)
Yes, that's creepy.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2011-06-16 10:25 am (UTC)
I like it because all of my friends are in one place (which is why I won't delete mine, I feel the same about lj to be honest) but I have issues with a lot of things about it. If another site arose which respected security more arose I would certainly use that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 10:35 am (UTC)
I've never had a Facebook. I guess for the same reason that I steer clear of crowds. I don't have anything against it in principle; it's just not for me.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-06-16 11:16 am (UTC)
Still hate facebook and I say that as someone with two accounts: one for my 'real' life and one for my shadowy past.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 03:40 pm (UTC)
I don't hate Facebook. I just don't want anything to do with it. I can't see the point.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-06-17 09:51 am (UTC)
I suppose I don't actually hate facebook, as such; I just hate most everything it reveals about my family and 'friends'. I find that I wish to know much, much less about them in every respect, but they don't have an app for that.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2011-06-16 11:50 am (UTC)
Well-timed post.
:)
I just activated my FB account not because I like it but because there are people there who used to be here and I'd like news of them and they of me (or so they say).

But here on LJ is where all my thoughts will stay and I won't be here less. I think I'm just too wordy for my own good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 03:42 pm (UTC)
LJ is a different thing altogether. I love what it has to offer. I don't suppose it was ever fashionable- at least not the way Facebook is/was.
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2011-06-16 12:37 pm (UTC)
It's all a fad. Myspace is a joke now when four years ago it was the hottest thing. I use to complain about needing to re-buy my favorite album as a CD, then a mp3. Now I'm complaining about moving from one social networking site to another: "Wah, I have to set up another profile page."
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 03:44 pm (UTC)
I've stuck with CDs. I like to have my music in tangible form.
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2011-06-16 03:55 pm (UTC)
Plus ... as you move from vinyl to CDs to MP3s the fidelity of the sound reproduction suffers significantly...
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[User Picture]From: red_girl_42
2011-06-19 10:31 pm (UTC)
While I don't notice this consciously, I do wonder if that's why I don't listen to music now nearly as often as I used to.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2011-06-16 01:19 pm (UTC)
Hula hoops are hot again. Facebook is handy, just annoying with its default setting of utter transparency.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hula hoops are hot again? Well, I'm not surprised. Yo-yos made a brief comeback a few years back.

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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2011-06-16 02:43 pm (UTC)

Remember MySpace?

+1 to evilspock.

Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.

The insipid are everywhere insipid.

Excuse my loose and bitter translation. :D
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 03:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Remember MySpace?

MySpace?

Never went there myself.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2011-06-16 05:05 pm (UTC)
I am not sure that I agree... that is what I thought at first, but now it has turned out to be a major component in my professional communications. Yes, my FB Friends are a list of friends, exes, high school buddies and game cohorts, but, also on that list there are a bunch of other students from this college, teachers from my last college, teachers from THIS college, ministers, and deans... yes, deans. The stuff I share on LJ I do not share on FB. FB is much more "professional" for me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-16 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can see its value as a networking tool. I'm not against it. I don't suppose it will fade away. But I think the boom years are over.
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2011-06-17 10:35 am (UTC)
Facebook will probably be killed, like the other social networking sites, by its attempts to make money. I'm seriously starting to think that the only viable solution for social networking will be some sort of non-profit co-op model.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-17 10:55 am (UTC)
And why not? Why can't people be satisfied with having created something that is socially useful? Why do they always have to milk it for cash.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2011-06-17 11:05 am (UTC)
Well, it does cost money to offer the service, so the company who hosts it has to make money somehow, and that's fair enough. But it's when they want to make big profits that it all goes wrong.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-17 01:07 pm (UTC)
We're a greedy lot.....
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2011-06-17 01:45 pm (UTC)
It's mostly an American phenomenon. We don't have a way to recognize and glorify people who don't have lots of money. If you're not rich, you're shit and your work is shit, forget how good or useful it really is. You'll be spat on by some Persian with a chain of carpet stores and a pile of cash looted from the old Pahlavi regime.

It's not a great way to run a society, but so it goes.
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