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Following on from my previous post today regarding personal websites I wondered how many of us more mature types use facebook?

My teenage children tell me they would disown me (or worse!) if I were to become a member.

What are your experiences?

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Re: Facebook

My 24 year old daughter said a similar thing!
I don't really know what I would use Facebook for anyway!
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Re: Facebook

My 14 and 10 year old would hate me being on there too! I do have a log on, I'm in the computer business and we were forced to open up an account so I used it for that and know what it can do etc.

My rather grumpy view of it is that apart from the obvious attraction of younger people for building relationships which I completely understand, it seemed to a place to broadcast to the world to "celebrate yourself" so if that's anybody's cup of tea, they would love it.

This forum and LinkedIn are my forays into the world of social networking and I find them both very valuable.
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They call it social networking...

I call a spade a spade: Spam networking.

I have no need to be online, where every friend and family member can and does watch my every move. I DO use my real name in most forums... the few times I have signed up with a different username, I make people aware of my real name... so I'm not "hiding" in any way or form. I just don't like the idea of not having my online life in peace, and free from the "oversight" of nosey aquaintances.

I have been asked 20-30 times to join the infamous facebook, but I won't touch that crap. My wife and 3 kids are there, and most of my close family and relatives... good for them. They can network themselves as they want. I choose my own path.

On a side note: Facebook was partially financed by the CIA, or at least that's how the story goes... and if one thinks of it, it's a brilliant way for them to get people's private data (name, address... and even images to go with the name, and those can be processed with facial reckognition software, and the big abusive "brother" will be happier.

If the CIA angle is just a wandering conspiracy story online, then so be it... but it is easy for the CIA (or NSA or any other abusive agency) to access the databases that contain personal information and pictures... why would anyone help them to get personal information on oneself?

From what (VERY LITTLE) I have seen over the shoulder of my wife, the activities going on in Facebook range from small stupid comments about nothing, to playing childish games and answering complete nonsense surveys, that make astrology seem scientific in comparison.

One can waste one's life in different ways... Facebook is (from what I have seen) as needed for people to function properly online/offline, as an electric teaspoon.
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Re: Facebook

Facebook yep I am on it, mainly using to to try and find old friends.

My teenage son is on there and I am linked to his site as he is to mine. Facebook is a big waste of time I agree, but sometimes it can also be fun.

As for information, I stick the minimum amount on there so the good old CIA might have to work a bit harder to track me down
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Yep. I use Facebook lots. My ID is Wreckdiver, if you couldn't guess

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Hi Graydon -

It has never appealed.

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Re: Facebook

Nope, not for me. My teen boys are on it, but no, I'm afraid I can't see the point of it (for me)

I have email, and I have work forums and hobby forums I visit, and I have my own website that keep my busy in the online world.
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No, not my generation !
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Re: Facebook

Too many people can read my face like a book - at least the parts that are not camoflaged with hair.

Social networking - isn't that going to the pub, at least there is a chance to meet real people to bore with unreal tales.

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My experience mirrors many others here, my teens are signed up but personally I have never even logged on and can't think of a good enough reason why I ever would....but who knows...
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Re: Facebook

Thank you for your thoughts. I think I will keep away for now, though I won't share this decision with my daughters and son as its too much fun teasing them with the possibility dad may join
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Re: Facebook

I have a large number of my family on "Farcebook". They keep on asking me to join.

No chance. As I work in the IT security sector, being on any social networking site can cause problems.....especially when going through any vetting.

Given the UK governments new proposal to make more people get checked for working with minors, and other vetting processes, being a member of a social networking site may cause problems.

Before anyone points out my participation on this forum, it's a little different than "Farcebook", "Myfarce" or "Fiends Reunited"
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Re: Facebook

Nope, not on Facebook. All too new.


I think the reason Facebook took off with younger folks is because old f*rts like me got themselves Myspace pages.

So, expect a mass migration to Twitter when we oldies invade Facebook :-)

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Re: Facebook

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Nope, not on Facebook. All too new.


I think the reason Facebook took off with younger folks is because old f*rts like me got themselves Myspace pages.

So, expect a mass migration to Twitter when we oldies invade Facebook :-)

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Maybe we should set up a new one Grumble(tm) for us of a certain age and disposition...

Anyway isn't this the No. One Social networking site on the WWW

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