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FB - why bother?
« on: November 10, 2014, 12:44:00 PM »
Just for fun, I logged in to facebook and wrote down the first ten posts in my feed. Here they are, in order:
  • This Banned Commercial Was 'Too Hot' for TV! By The End, I Couldn't Stop Laughing!
  • cryptic public message from friend that told us nothing
  • Garth Brooks Stops Concert When He Reads This Fan's Sign (posted by 3 different people)
  • 6th Annual Sassy Sisters Craft Show
  • photo of scenery from someone who went for a run today
  • Happy Birthday post from unknown person to a friend
  • long, preachy quality-of-life post, with link to long, preachy quality-of-life article
  • someone asking for phone number to the post office
  • 6 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches
  • photo of Phil Robertson quote

I really surprised there were no pictures of food, recipes, or more quotes super-imposed over photos.

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2014, 12:54:50 PM »
Ha! I never started. When my friends began giving it up for Lent, I decided it was just easier not to ever go there. So far, my life has still been worth living without it. However, I do spend a good chunk of time around here... Of course, there is no comparison, right? Right?
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »
I have been considering quitting for a while now.  The only reason I have not yet is that it gives me another window into my DD's life - she is a student on a different continent and while we talk/e-mail/text regularly, it's nice to see what is going on in her life through FB as well.

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2014, 12:58:15 PM »
I play candy crush on it :S I like it to keep connected with people, I don't read what they say but it's there if I need to contact an old friend

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 01:37:45 PM »
photo of scenery from someone who went for a run today

Mostly for these.  #EarthPorn

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 01:49:29 PM »
My friends usually post insightful articles, music I am happy to discover through them, things I find amusing, or life events I care to know about (so weddings, births, new jobs, etc. and not what they ate for dinner every night).

The only thing that really bothers me is all the sponsored or trending junk FB tries to push on me. I don't care about 99% of it.

I think most people complain about their feeds because they friend anyone they have ever met and really don't like the people. I tend to only friend people I truly am friends with on some level (and a few family members). I also use it to follow some bands I like. Since they are mainly of the folk metal genre it isn't something I am likely to hear about easily elsewhere so it allows me to easily know when they are on tour near me or releasing a new album.

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014, 02:15:46 PM »
So 2010.  Boring.

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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 02:19:25 PM »
So, how does my feed compare to yours? Could I get a couple more people to list their first ten posts?

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2014, 03:11:21 PM »
Here's my ten:

  • Inspirational Louise Hay quote
  • HONY photo
  • Climate change call to action
  • George Takei funny photo
  • Something about what the date 11-11 means in "angel numbers"
  • Someone selling Rodan + Fields
  • Change profile pic
  • A friend's photo of them enjoying a seasonal Starbucks drink
  • A photo album of a friend's kid
  • Change profile pic

Edit: anyway, to make this Mustachian, I use FB for free international texting (messaging).
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2014, 03:22:11 PM »
It all depends on who your FB friends are. A bunch of mine are fairly serious outdoor adventurer types, so they have some very cool photos. I also keep track of our immediate neighbors and coordinate some events through it. Lastly, our neighborhood and several neighboring 'hoods have FB groups that are genuinely useful for keeping up on local news, crime/police info, posting houses for rent, getting contractor referrals, etc.

I wouldn't fault anyone for dropping off of FB - the signal/noise ratio can be awful. But if you use it right it can be a useful tool.

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2014, 03:27:42 PM »
Never had one, and I think I'm better off for it. The two things that bother me most about FB are:

- You compare your behind-the-scenes with everyone's highlight reel, which tends to make you unhappy, and
- You waste too much time on it.

As the quote goes: Point me to someone who spends over an hour a day on facebook and it's not for a job, and I'll point you at a future divorce. Seriously, that shit just breeds unhappiness.

I have a website for writing tech / showing off tech / showing off photos, and I chat with my friends about their stories, and that's as far as it goes. The interesting thing about putting the occasional photo on a blog is that everyone innately understands that it's a highlight reel (punctuated by only putting a small amount of photos there, not hundreds from every trip) and nobody feels the need to compete.

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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2014, 03:36:10 PM »
* Houston Texans - Texans Gear up to face former teammate

* The Atlantic - Why don't people want to donate their organs?

* Lifehacker - U.S. Postal Service hacked

* FBer checked into a gym

* Fber checked into Zumba

* Cinema Blend - Evil Dead is Becoming a Tv Series

*  ............. I got sleepy and couldn't go on :-)

I've family all over the place, that is actually why I started an account (I started on myspace).  I moved to Colorado and I kept in touch with family and some local friends.  I am back in Houston and now I've added a bunch of news sites, some movie sites.

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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2014, 04:06:18 PM »
Here are my 10 right now:

1. An Oatmeal comic about net neutrality
2. An article about the Great Depression
3. Something about an Evil Dead tv show
4. A newspaper letter about the American election
5. Someone reminding Vancouver residents that the municipal election is this Saturday
6. A pretty collage of someone's family photos
7. An article about an Indian reservation that's starting mass medical marijuana production
8. A scientific article about relationship behaviour
9. Someone asking for donations to get someone's electricity turned back on
10. An article about a new type of frog that's been discovered in the amazon

After that it's a mishmash of more comics, funny pictures, and contests to enter.

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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2014, 04:19:02 PM »
Thankfully all my friends are clever, funny, and artistic.  Well, all the ones I have left...

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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2014, 04:38:05 PM »
I've reconnected with people more than once on there, in non bullshit ways. That is, we actually starting hanging out a bit after a long haitus.

That said, it is a terrible dungeon of self-promotion and self-righteous rage and signaling. Unlike some posters above, I wish more of it was about cool things that people have seen or done--that's why I do like instagram.

I've left facepage and come back once, and left again. It's better without. At the very least, I'll take election years off.
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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2014, 04:53:29 PM »
What finally drove me over the edge: writer friends (put quotes around whichever part of that you please) asking all their friends for the content of whatever they were writing about. What are yr fav brunch spots?! (its for an article)

etc. etc. etc.

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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2014, 05:12:11 PM »
  • New nephew announcement (no pic)
  • "Got my first PhD program grades :) "
  • Inspirational quote meme
  • Friend's photo of a mural
  • Inspirational quote
  • "Listening to a podcast on chair and desk design and feeling self-conscious about my posture."
  • Ethnic food prep pics
  • Blood drive announcement
  • Article: When Iggy Pop was on Star Trek: DS9
  • Artsy photo from artsy friend

Reasons I stay on:
-intellectual articles/discussions (science, politics, psychology, etc)
-baby pictures
-cat pictures
-travel pictures
-laughs

I think your fb experience is as good as people you've friended.

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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2014, 05:38:40 PM »
me like bragbook

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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2014, 06:46:02 PM »
I h e given are ions consideration to switching to something else (Instagram, Google whateveritscalled, etc) but I am a member of a bunch of fairly valuable groups that I am loathe to give up.

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« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2014, 06:52:09 PM »
I REALLY like the event organizing capabilities of Facebook. Our friend circles use it very frequently and it's ridiculously convenient - gives you all the event details, guest list, maps, and any changes that are made to any of those. Especially for anything that involves a lot of people.

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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2014, 06:58:35 PM »
I decided to take a break maybe a month or so ago. Thus far, I have no intention of going back.

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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2014, 07:12:33 PM »
Let's see--

I have:

1. Cute new profile pic of friend
2. Announcement of rare books event
3. Picture of my god-daughter with her new driver's license
4. High school classmate who quit smoking's in need of moral support
5. Interesting article from my field of work
6. Post from an uncle congratulating his friend on a work achievement
7. Another interesting article vaguely related to my field of work
8. A third work-related article
9. An article from a newspaper columnist I like (I'm subscribed mainly because FB links skip their paywall)
10. Blog post from one of my favorite fiction blogs

Seems fine to me. But then, I pretty much only friend family, high school and college classmates I am interested in hearing news from, and friends and acquaintances from other places I have lived. I skim maybe once a day for ten minutes to check for cute baby and pet pictures. Honestly, since I have moved a lot, I like it for the ability to find people from other phases of my life who would be difficult to track down otherwise, and also fun pictures of my nieces, nephews and godchildren.

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« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2014, 11:10:32 PM »
1. Old co-worker posting from a concert
2. Friend posting a photo of her husband in uniform with a little Remembrance day message.
3. Old school mate posting mommy drama of potty training.
4. Friend posting about getting studded tires on her car.
5. Acquaintance bitching about living in the middle of nowhere.
6. Friend posting about fixing her PS3
7. Cute baby photo
8. My friend's sister posting what she ate for supper and deciding which after-supper tea flavour to chose.
9. A Disney cartoon thingy
10. A meme "Dull women have immaculate houses as you can see I come from a long line of fascinating women"

Not the most interesting posting tonight. I really like face book for keeping in touch with friends around the world and family. I'm not good at keeping in touch, but Facebook kind of lets me passively keep in touch. I have cousins I haven't talked to in years, but I know generally how they are doing. I have a friend (classmates grades 7-9) that I reconnected to over facebook that lives in China, I would not have restarted the friendship and visited her in China last year if it wasn't for face book.

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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2014, 01:06:55 AM »
I have never understood why people complain about FB, its almost like complaining about the internet. Yes, the internet is FULL of crap, but nobody is forcing you to read though it all. You can decide excatly how you want to use it, and thus get the benefits you want and ignore all other things. For me FB is an excellent tool to quickly arrange awesome real social events, gatherings or even just a cup of coffee with somebody I havent seen for a while, and its and excellent tool to stay in touch with family and friends that live far away. Thats it. Do I read the feeds and alle the crap people post? Nope, because nobody is forcing me to and I have no need for it..

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« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2014, 02:16:09 AM »

Reasons I stay on:
-intellectual articles/discussions (science, politics, psychology, etc)
-baby pictures
-cat pictures
-travel pictures
-laughs

I think your fb experience is as good as people you've friended.

This. I'm ruthless with my FB friend list as well as pages and groups that I've liked. And for people I can't cull (because I do like them and don't want to upset them, eg my MIL), I just unfollow their posts.

I belong to a couple of FB groups which I find useful and food for thought.

Also, FB is a quick and easy way to organise social stuff with people. I am hopeless at keeping up to date with people's email addresses so FB events are an easy way around that. (alternatively, we all text on our phones instead to organise stuff)

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« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2014, 06:38:29 AM »
I ditched Facebook early this year. I take issue with Facebook's lack of concern about privacy and the constant barrage of completely inane posts from idiots I barely talk to. For a while I tried to cultivate a friend list of smart people who might have smart things to say, but the impression I got was that nearly everyone who uses Facebook just wants to post things that either demonstrate their complete and utter ignorance or just post things that basically say, "Look at this cool thing I did! I'm so awesome!"

If you choose to use Facebook, I highly recommend the following:

- Install Ad Blocker into your browser. Facebook may mine your info for ad purposes, but that doesn't mean you have to look at the ads.
- Install Ghostery into your browser. This will block trackers and make it more difficult for Facebook to know where else on the Webz you've been.
- Install Flashblock into your browser. This will stop random videos from playing automatically when you scroll passed them.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, install Facebook Purity into your browser. This will allow you to hide all kinds of pointless garbage, including page recommendations, pokes, people on your chat list who aren't even online, trending bs, etc.

Honestly, just don't use Facebook. Email has been more than sufficient for keeping up with long-distance friends and family.
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« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2014, 07:21:00 AM »
Pictures.

Which would make you think, OK, you're fine with Instagram then, but everyone who has FB doesn't necessary have Instagram but the opposite is true, or seems to be.

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« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2014, 07:27:45 AM »
It's been more than two years since I logged in to facebook.  Honestly, it was just a big time waster and I don't miss it at all.

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« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2014, 08:13:05 AM »

Reasons I stay on:
-intellectual articles/discussions (science, politics, psychology, etc)
-baby pictures
-cat pictures
-travel pictures
-laughs

I think your fb experience is as good as people you've friended.

This. I'm ruthless with my FB friend list as well as pages and groups that I've liked. And for people I can't cull (because I do like them and don't want to upset them, eg my MIL), I just unfollow their posts.

I belong to a couple of FB groups which I find useful and food for thought.

Also, FB is a quick and easy way to organise social stuff with people. I am hopeless at keeping up to date with people's email addresses so FB events are an easy way around that. (alternatively, we all text on our phones instead to organise stuff)

+1. I ditched FB for a year, came back, and have been very selective about who I friend and what appears in my feed. My feed outside of what friends post is mostly VCU Basketball, The Economist, WaPo, and LifeHacker. In other words, my feed is often full of stuff I find interesting.

I just stop following the posts of my friends if they start coloring outside of my lines.

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« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2014, 08:25:31 AM »
I am on facebook constantly (which is kindof a problem).

I have recently been pretty ruthlessly unfollowing people - basically, if I haven't talked to you in years IRL, and if I saw you at a bar and wouldn't say hi and give you a hug and make small-talk, then why am I following you?  There are plenty of people that I knew peripherally and will probably never see again -- I unfollowed them.

I like facebook because I get to see pictures from friends' lives (who almost exclusively don't like in the same city I do).  I generally post pictures of nature or me with my husband/friends, my long runs that I track on RunKeeper, interesting (to me) articles.  The best thing about facebook is that it's a depository of all my photos, and how convenient it makes organizing big parties.

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« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2014, 08:43:02 AM »
1 - Happy Veterans day with a pic of my step-grandfather who died 20 years ago
2 - Happy Veterans day from my sister with pics of her husband, son, and our dad
3 - Ad about celebrities
4 - Post from my mom's group, scheduling our holiday party
5 - Bunch of words in front of a picture, to be inspirational, but you know, there's a grammatical error (your instead of you're)
6 - The next 5 are all fitness-related. A few people on my feed post too many of those, but it's their business.

I have to say, as a 40-something mother of 2, I am on FB too much. But it really is how I schedule things with my mom's group, and how I share photos with family and friends.  Our family is on the other coast.

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« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2014, 08:40:08 PM »
It's a tool. No need to check it constantly, but a good crowd sourcing tool (where should I go when in NYC? Any suggestions for an all you can eat Portuguese steakhouse open at 4am? I'm looking to invest in real estate through buy and hold with down payment through heloc and joint venture the balance, anyone have any experience?)

Digital Rolodex.

Moderation is key.

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« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2014, 08:44:24 PM »

I REALLY like the event organizing capabilities of Facebook. Our friend circles use it very frequently and it's ridiculously convenient - gives you all the event details, guest list, maps, and any changes that are made to any of those. Especially for anything that involves a lot of people.

Also, this. I haven't had an evite since 2009. It seems events are all either through fb or Instagram.
Scrolling through, it's all art openings (at least free wine and cheese!) or people venturing into standup comedy (laffs, I hope).

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« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2014, 09:36:34 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion! I just went in and unfollowed the first few dozen people that showed up on my newsfeed that weren't really my IRL friends.

Why the F was I friends with my mom's x boyfriend, who I never met?

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« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2014, 05:30:39 AM »
I live far away from most friends and family, so I stay on FB to keep up on their news and photos.  I've also been able to maintain ties that would normally have been dropped--- which I actually like.  I live in NYC, so in the past year a former HS teacher and several friends from different eras in my life that I wouldn't normally talk with have been through town on business and we had dinner.  It supplements my social life in a lovely way.

I also regularly go through and curate my list by unfollowing people who consistently post negative things, excessively post annoying things, or for whom I don't care that much about.

 My 10:
Family photo of a fellow returned Peace Corps volunteer
Invitation to a Moldovan wine tasting in Abidjan (where a fellow RPCV resides)
Article by an health advocate I follow and consistently read
Photo of a friend in which she was tagged
Picture of a friend's son-- they live in India
Reposted article on raising sons by a family member
Commentary on an article about funeral directors by a HS friend that is a funeral director
NPR link (will read)
NYT link (will read)
NPR link (won't read)

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« Reply #35 on: November 13, 2014, 10:01:31 AM »
It's a tool. No need to check it constantly ....

Moderation is key.

Pretty much this.

I check it at most maybe twice a day if I am really bored. Usually about once. I also rarely post.

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« Reply #36 on: November 13, 2014, 11:38:43 AM »
Sounds like you are friends with the wrong people.

As far as the question in the title, well, it's not really a bother.  I set it up in 2005.  I haven't updated it really since then (I think it says I'm still in college, despite having been a teacher for 8 years now), and I've never posted a status update.  I go on about once a month for five minutes.

So it's not too much work at all.

But the benefits for that tiny amount of work is pretty good - easily have a way to connect to friends that stays up to date (unlike emails, which may not last - e.g. if they have an @cox.net or something and change ISPs, phone numbers that can change, etc.) automatically.  Go on and scan once/mo to catch up and see what's going on in people's lives.  That's neat.

Sure, you could pick up the phone and call everyone individually, but by going on every once in awhile and checking you can get a brief overview and see who you need to call.

And then being able to go on and message someone you haven't connected with in awhile is quite useful.

That doesn't mean you have to be on FB daily, be posting pictures, status updates, etc.  Use it for what it's useful for you, and skip that other stuff. And what it's useful for you might change - you may have a baby and relatives may constantly want pics, and that's an easy way to share it with mass people at once, and the people who don't want to see it can hide those updates.  But no one's FORCING you to use it a certain way, or go on it.  That doesn't mean it's not worth having an account.
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« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2014, 11:47:35 AM »
The natural state of the relaxed, unoccupied mind is chaotic entropy. (What bad things could be happening?) We try to occupy the mind either with something easy and pleasurable, or with something challenging and enjoyable.

Facebook is easy and pleasurable (at least the brain on some level seems to think so). It consumes time while occupying our mind. In rare occurrences it also challenges us and improves our interpersonal relationships. (It's not designed to do so, at least not in the current, profitable iteration.)

If you want to improve interpersonal relationships, there are probably better tools and methods out there in comparison to Facebook. If you want to challenge yourself, grow as a person, and experience lasting enjoyment, there's really no question - Facebook is not the answer.

To relate to MMM's latest post about taking care of your future self, don't do the easy thing and waste your time on Facebook. Do something challenging. Whatever you think your goals are in visiting Facebook, think about if there are other ways to accomplish those goals.

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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2014, 02:26:16 PM »
* Oscar Wilde photo/quote
* Picture of someone I don't know at a fashion release
* "Disney announces new holiday food fest at Epcot"
* The following status which I actually found hilarious:
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I feel more and more like an Angeleno every day. Yesterday, someone asked me for directions and I didn't have to make them up! Then, a woman was buying a ton of baby food, and my first thought wasn't, "Oh, she has a baby," but "I wonder if she's doing the baby food diet."
* Link to sports article
* Link to education article
* Link to article about watch that tracks pizza delivery
* Link to article on quality of sleep TED talk
* Link to article on US companies sheltering income in Luxembourg
* "Hey friends who are pronoun-sensitive, lojban doesn't inflect gender on sumti ‪#‎justsaying‬"

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« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2014, 02:42:55 PM »
Ditto on the Adblock+.  I don't get those sponsored posts 95% of the time.  It really cleans FB up a lot.