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Old 01-27-17, 07:20 PM
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So, I deleted my Facebook account...

... a move that I have been mulling for a while now. For a much longer while, I've been finding the damn thing useless, time-wasting, and overwhelming, on top of being addictive. Being something of an introvert, I tend to be a private person, so I'm not into the habit of "sharing" every last piece of crap that I happen to come across/eat/go to. At the same time, what little tolerance I used to have for the ***** other people (mostly inadvertently) dump into my "crapfeed" has long since been irretrievably depleted.

For all these reasons and more, I'd rather have less, rather than more, online presence - a smaller, rather than larger, digital footprint, of that's at all possible. I've also gone ahead and deleted my little-used Instagram account, and my time on Twitter was very short-lived. I don't have Yahoo, Snapchat, [read it], or Pinterest accounts (that I know of.) I still do have a LinkedIn account, which I hardly ever check into. I only heard of 4chan, but only because it seems to be a favorite of Cracked editors. Is Myspace still around?

I do use Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram, and Whatsapp, but only if and when I need to - mostly to talk to members of my family, the few close friends I've got, and people who happen to contact me about wanting to buy any of my disused bikes or the Mercedes-Benz wheels that I've managed to pile up over the years.

Oh, and I quit smoking cold-turkey last April. So, there.

The interesting this about this is that I don't feel like I'm missing/missing out on anything. In fact, if anything, life feels simpler and less... I don't know, competitive? Stressed? Pressurized?

That said, I had to learn of the death of my oldest friend's father from my own mother, rather than from him directly, probably because I happened to have had my FB account deactivated as of earlier this week when the sad loss took place (he's a very active FB user, but I have no idea if he even posted any sort of alert about the sad loss.)

Just tossing this up there.

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Old 01-27-17, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir View Post
I tend to be a private person, so I'm not into the habit of "sharing" every last piece of crap that I happen to come across/eat/go to.
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Old 01-27-17, 07:26 PM
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Guilty of the very sin I'm detracting!
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Old 01-27-17, 08:03 PM
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I keep my FB going primarily because things change. One of my sisters is out in Texas, I have a good buddy and a handful of cousins that live in Pennsylvania, one of my best friends growing up lives in Vegas, etc, etc. I'm lucky to see any of them even once a year, so FB or Google Hangouts might be the only place we interact.

But I'm sure as hell not posting selfies or pictures of my dinner.
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Old 01-27-17, 08:15 PM
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Meh, some folks take Fauxbouquet way too seriously. But if anyone finds it impossible to ignore to the extent that it's interfering with life, sure, it's probably a good idea to delete the account.

I like it to keep up with real life friends locally, some family members (not as much as I used to -- amazing how the election had a Jeckyll and Hyde effect on some folks), artists and creative folks I like to follow. If someone mostly posts self indulgent whines ("My REAL friends will..." etc.), rants or dozens of unfunny memes a day I block 'em but seldom unfriend them. In 10 years on FB I've unfriended maybe two people who went off the rails with racist rants.

Occasionally I get annoyed by some folks who indulge in way too much crap posting -- like, a dozen or more memes a day. Not exaggerating. But there are fixes for that. Besides FB's inadequate filters, there are browser extensions that can help with custom filters.

The best I've tried is FB Purity (Fluff Busting Purity or FBP). Easy to set up custom filters to weed out excessive crap, while still allowing useful or amusing posts from contacts. And it doesn't bog down the feed much. If I'm recalling correctly there are also versions for mobile devices.

I used to use Social Fixer but it was way too sluggish. And no options for the mobile devices most FB users prefer. The developer had problems with FB breaking the extension and he took it offline for awhile for further development. But since it's come back it's just as sluggish and user-unfriendly for custom filters -- the numerous identical questions from users should have been a clue that it needed easier templates. I wish the developer well but he's hindered by a sluggish tool that's not easy for rookies to customize, and a volunteer moderator team who are impatient, snippy and snotty with the rookie questions they should expect.
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Old 01-27-17, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Besides FB's inadequate filters, there are browser extensions that can help with custom filters.

The best I've tried is FB Purity (Fluff Busting Purity or FBP). Easy to set up custom filters to weed out excessive crap, while still allowing useful or amusing posts from contacts.
See, here's the thing. I feel that most things get too ridiculous when they get too involved. If it does get to the point where I find myself needing to install browser extensions just to have a little more control over the FB home page, that crosses the line as far as I'm concerned, so I might as well just opt out altogether. Those who want to get in touch with me badly enough will easily find a way to reach me. And I have other ways to reach the people I care enough about.
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Old 01-27-17, 08:27 PM
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Regarding stuff like 4chan and the many spinoff image boards, those were amusing and occasionally enlightening about the pop culture underground until around 2012 or so. But it's no longer cutting edge. You missed the wave so don't worry about it now. (Damn, I sound like a snobbish hipster oldf*g...)

Fact is, by 2012 Facebook had devolved into a 4chan for middle aged, middle class people. Same crap posting, other than the gore and pr0n. Same recycled unfunny memes. Same racism, misogyny and meanness, without the ironic edge and barbed wit of chantards in ye olden days. Facebook news media comment sections are like /b/ and /pol/ without the acid wit and without the advantage of anonymity. There's nothing stupider than bubbas trolling and posting ignorant rants under their real names on FB.

Funny thing, the news media -- often regurgitated by Fox News -- often referred to 4chan as the internet hate machine before 2012. After 2012 Fox and the many alt-right noise-nooz sites took over that role.

And the popularity of ****** (hmm... bikeforums won't let us speak the unmentionable name of the site that rhymes with "Read it, thanks, great book!") took over much of what 4chan used to do.

Anyway, the corpse of anon lingers. It isn't funny. It just smells that way.
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Old 01-27-17, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir View Post
See, here's the thing. I feel that most things get too ridiculous when they get too involved. If it does get to the point where I find myself needing to install browser extensions just to have a little more control over the FB home page, that crosses the line as far as I'm concerned, so I might as well just opt out altogether. Those who want to get in touch with me badly enough will easily find a way to reach me. And I have other ways to reach the people I care enough about.
Just think of Facebook as *your* personal library or cork bulletin board. These extensions just return to you the control and organization we should have had all along, before FB choose to monetize user content by trolling us rather than giving us a tool for social networking.

FBP just lets you go back to shelving your books the way you like, and keeping your bulletin board or fridge magnets set up the way you like, rather than some stranger coming in and covering up pix of your family and friends with ads and annoying newspaper clippings.
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Old 01-27-17, 08:35 PM
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I have a facebook account. I've looked at it a few times. Not in several years though.
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Old 01-28-17, 08:25 AM
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(Damn, I sound like a snobbish hipster oldf*g...)
Not too old if you're not using usenet as a benchmark
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Old 01-28-17, 08:43 AM
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I've never had a Facebook account. I was on Linked-In for a while; I never could figure out what it was for so I deleted my account. If my friends/relatives want to contact me I have a phone number (2 of 'em, a landline and a cell), plus an email linked to my cellphone. Nice and simple.

FWIW: I also have a second email address that I use when ordering stuff online. All the followup junk email and spam goes to that one. I'll look at it maybe once a week to delete all the crap out of it.
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Old 01-28-17, 09:22 AM
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I never signed up for Facebook in the first place,especially after hearing stories about some employers using using it as a first go to on prospective employees, as well as reading in how some Internet forum individuals using personal information against other forum users.
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Old 01-28-17, 10:31 AM
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linkedin is like facebook for people you never want to hear from?
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Old 01-28-17, 10:47 AM
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LinkedIn is turning into Facebook with a tie. And if I mention that my online days go back to using a IBM 8088 dual floppy with a 300 baud accoustic coupler to connect to Usenet bulletin boards, am I a certified geezer?
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Old 01-28-17, 10:55 AM
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LinkedIn is turning into Facebook with a tie.
Beat me to it. I was about to say that while FB seems to have descended into an arena of oneupmanship in exploring the depths of human stupidity, LinkedIn has long since become some sort of battleground for corporate ******baggery. It's like everyone is trying to say, "see? I just became an even bigger corporate *******! Bigger than you, anyway!"
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Old 01-28-17, 11:01 AM
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I just quit using Facebook about 5 years ago and didn't miss much of anything important. I did regain the time I spent trying to find the important stuff mixed in with all the alternative facts and ranting from people I didn't really know anymore, and found that to be a bargain.
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Old 01-28-17, 11:09 AM
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I deleted my FB account over a year ago, and I don't miss it. I grew to hate it, and I work behind a keyboard several hours a day, so the temptation to constantly keep checking it was overwhelming.

I much prefer forums such as BF, as they are (obviously) more focused on particular topics of interest, while still having a "social" type of atmosphere.

One of the things I find disturbing about FB is that it is so ubiquitous: people just naturally assume that you are there, whether you are or not, and when you tell them you don't have an account, they look at you like you have bugs crawling out of your ears, or something.
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Old 01-28-17, 11:13 AM
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I've always felt that Facebook was little more than a tool to allow a corporation to do deep data mining while you do their data entry. So, I signed up and proceeded to fill it with disinformation.
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The only one in our family who has a facebook account is our dog. (Our breeder pressured us into creating one so that she can keep track of every crap the puppy excretes.) I had a linkden acct for awhile but deleted it after the password breach and Microsoft purchase. Pretty much my only non-work internet presence is here (and a couple of other BB).
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Rarely post to FB. But keep tabs on relatives, friends, old friends thru FB. Check it once a week or so.

When my uncle broke his hip then subsequently had a heart attack I was glad it was there. That was easiest way for my cousin to keep a very large family informed. The old fashioned way, via telephone, would be horrible for close family.

During the critical period I was checking FB daily. And yes ignoring 99% of the stuff on my wall. Just like I ignore 99% plus of the posts on BF. Can't read everything.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
Not too old if you're not using usenet as a benchmark
Usenet never quite matched the later image boards for ragged caffeinated hyperconnected tangents. The ability to upload images led to entire conversations being conducted with reaction images only, which fueled the memescape.

And uselessnet still held onto that vestige of ownership of content through attribution. Even when multiple accounts were sockpuppets uselessnet was heavy on the "Me, me, looky what I wrote, how clever I am."

4chan and some image boards that allowed and even encouraged anonymous posting dispensed with individual recognition in favor of a collective vibe. Not quite a hive mind, more like fits of feverish collaboration on a theme or topic. It provided a terrific venue for the exquisite corpse collaborative effort.

Users could choose a form of identification through tripcodes but those were often mocked by the true anons. The less controversial hobbyist and topic specific boards did accommodate more attribution through tripcodes but anonymity still dominated the random and politically active boards.

That's often what's missing from most social media. The attribution gets in the way, through egos and retaliations detracting from any real collaborative effort.
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Is Myspace still around?
Rupert Murdoch bought it then sold it to Justin Timberlake who sold it to Time Inc.
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What is this facedbook thingy ya'll talkin' 'bout?
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I use Facebook to keep in touch with my family who are scattered around the world.

I also use it as one used to use magazine subscriptions. My newsfeed is full of cycling, travel, and recipes.

Facebook can be what you want it to be.
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Not too old if you're not using usenet as a benchmark
I used to post MPGs and fills by request into usenet on dialup

Just leave it posting steadily for about four days.
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