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  • I find them to be entertaining - but I don't take them *too* seriously

    14 37.84%
  • I disregard any serious references to them when it comes to politics and so forth

    13 35.14%
  • I think the occasional fact can be taken from them - but not often

    5 13.51%
  • I think they're annoying, I avoid them

    11 29.73%
  • I have an account and use it frequently to connect with people

    14 37.84%
  • I think they're taken too seriously by other people

    15 40.54%
  • I think they're a legitimate source for facts and serious info and aren't valued and used enough

    0 0%
  • I don't know - haven't thought about it enough to form an opinion

    2 5.41%
  • What's a social networking site?

    1 2.70%
  • Something you didn't mention

    5 13.51%
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Thread: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    I use facebook essentially as a phonebook. If I ever need to get a hold of someone, I know where to find them quickly. Besides that, I don't use it very often.

    But Twitter boggles my mind. The only time I could see someone caring about your daily updates is if you are at least relatively famous, are giving updates for an organization, or are extremely interesting. Besides that, I'm not sure why people would take the time to tell the world about their daily lives.

    And something that worries me is the reach of search engines into facebook and other social networks. For a while now I have had my profile set to private so only my friends can view anything about me... but a while back I googled my name and what do you know, a friend of mine didn't have her profile set to private and a comment on her wall by me showed up in the google search. I Emailed Google at least 10 times over many months before the pages was finally removed for their cache. I am very conscious of the fact that employers google people now... and I'd like them, and anyone else I do not know, to know as little as possible about my personal life.

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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    I use them for two purposes:

    1. To connect with friends, including many old friends from years gone by. It's like an online reunion.

    2. To promote my books. In that regard, they are the best and cheapest way to promote yourself!
    I haven't bought you book yet, so I guess it isn't working.
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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    As a guy that does web stuff, they are incredibly powerful, specifically Facebook due to the APIs and technology behind them enabling you to essentially have a one username fits them all (CNN, Pogo.com, Marketwatch, Gamespot, digg, etc) not to mention the other neat things you can do with it, it has it's own GUI and is essentially in many cases like having an OS within your OS.
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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    I used to have facebook, but I deleted it. I found it stupefying. I'll admit that I was on it way too much as well. Deleting it freed up a lot of my mental energy.

    Social networking is here to stay but I don't think it provides too many social advantages. When I had it I got lots of invites to different events, but now my friends just end up calling me anyway because they weren't able to send a facebook invite.

    When people ask me if I have facebook, it feels so good now to say no.

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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    I frequently use Facebook to connect with friends and I love it.

    I didn't even know that social networking sites are being taken so seriously in news media. That hasn't been the case in Sweden (where I'm from).

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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    I have accounts on two social networking sites (Facebook and DailyMile -- the later is an exercise-specific networking site) and I use them regularly. DM has no political pages while on Facebook, I may "like" specific political personalities and parties I like to keep up with news from them, I don't take it particularly seriously as a source of objective political info or as evidence of a groundswell of any kind of political momentum. Howard Dean quite convincingly showed in 2004 how online support does not necessarily translate to support in the real world.
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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    I only use Facebook for keeping up with friends and families, and possibly to spread news I find interesting. I never get into political debates over FB, mostly because it's a different environment than a debate forum is. I just don't want to get into heated arguments with my family and friends who I disagree with. That can cause a lot of negative feelings in a friendship and I'd rather not have that.

    Twitter is different. I don't think it's a good avenue for debate either - however, I think it's wonderful for the dispensation of information. People can use Twitter to spread news and info from links but with little commentary. The power of Twitter for quick dispensation of info is best seen during the protests in Iran last year. It was vital in getting information of what was happening within Iran out to the world and allowed the protesters to mobilize quickly.

    I'm also considering getting a Twitter account and subscribing to the accounts of the Congressmen and Senators of my state. I'd like to know what issues they are concerned with and what issues they want their constituents to be concerned with. Because it provides a great flow of information, I may just do that.

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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    I tend to find those sites boring, but I am not info farming or forming an international mafia.

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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    My daughter lives an hour away, and I would only see my grandbabies once a year if it weren't for Facebook pics.

    Soon she will move and I will be able to visit at the same time as they are with her. Right now, there is no space.

    As for the rest, how do you promote your books there? Do you advertise, or just have a page?


    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    I use them for two purposes:

    1. To connect with friends, including many old friends from years gone by. It's like an online reunion.

    2. To promote my books. In that regard, they are the best and cheapest way to promote yourself!

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    Re: Thoughts on Networking sites (facebook, myspace, twitter)

    Invest in Skype. Does exactly what you would want it to do, even on a cell, for free.

    I've Skyped my cousin who is stuck in Qatar for the time being. Of course, I've heard in random places in the Middle East they'll be screwing with cell phones, so I'll wait and figure it out.

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