I don't know about you but.... (in Off-topic)

QBRanger April 14 2009 8:36 PM EDT

I have never done Facebook. Never wanted to, likely never will in the future.

My wife lives by it. Makes her walls (whatever that is), messages all her contacts and many other things.

For me, CB is sort of my Facebook.

Guess that is why I keep coming back. Even though every couple years I get so frustrated I leave for a time.

So, to all my Facebook pals, and non pals--Hello. It is great to have met most of you.

Hope this game goes on for a long time. So please Jon, fix those bugs. So we can continue to enjoy a great place to hang out from time to time.

Just had to put that out there.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] April 14 2009 8:40 PM EDT

I use facebook, and enjoy it. But, I have to say I enjoy CB way more than I ever have FB.

Hakai [Aye Phelta Thi] April 14 2009 8:50 PM EDT

I can't stand facebook. MySpace either. I have both simply so I could (at my mother's request) keep an eye on my younger sisters that were a bit too trusting with strangers when they were younger. x_x

Now I can't even remember the last time I actually used either other than to add a friend or family member that kept harassing me to do so.

QBsutekh137 April 14 2009 9:08 PM EDT

I used Facebook for a year then stopped. Various reasons. But yeah, I don't get it.

Then again, Twitter _really_ bothers me, and yet it appears to be finding uses in friendships, businesses, etc. I'm wondering why people just don't put a variable lowjack on themselves? Isn't it the same thing?

BadFish April 14 2009 10:26 PM EDT

never had a facebook/myspace page, never will.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] April 14 2009 10:30 PM EDT

I use facebook like it is another form of email. In fact I think it is easier than email, adding pictures and applications to your profile just gives it an added bonus. I play in the weekly tournament of Texas Hold 'em, it i quite fun, =) What I don't understand is Twitter, Facebook has that 'Update Your Status' option plus 10,000+ other things.

Demigod April 14 2009 11:09 PM EDT

Oddly enough, I've never used any of them myself. I say "oddly enough," because I felt like I was the only one holding out on it. I just don't understand the urge.

(dark secret: I've lurked the heck out of friends' myspace sites, but that doesn't count)

Lochnivar April 15 2009 12:08 AM EDT

Celebrity support for ya Ranger:
"Keira Knightley 'Hates' Twitter & Facebook"

Ironically this was internet....

bartjan April 15 2009 12:20 AM EDT

Facebook Users Get Worse Grades in College

Canibus April 15 2009 12:30 AM EDT

*delete rant I had written*

To put it simple, I think Facebook/Tons of other similiar sites are silly and exhibitionist, "look I have a life, and friends etc - and I want to push that deep down your throat, and every other bysurfers".

And my girlfriend disagrees, she has some hot friends on there though, god Im awful.

AdminShade April 15 2009 1:18 AM EDT

I'm using Hyves, a sort of Dutch facebook. :)

QBOddBird April 15 2009 1:27 AM EDT

I can believe that, bartjan; one of my classmates who is in my various polisci classes with me dropped classes because she didn't have enough study time. She's up until 1-2 AM on facebook, though...

Hakai [Aye Phelta Thi] April 15 2009 1:37 AM EDT

That is so not why she dropped that class.... xD
That is, if you're talking about who I think you are. ;p

QBOddBird April 15 2009 1:55 AM EDT

no, that's really why she dropped the class.

or at least, why she told ME she dropped the class.

Cube April 15 2009 2:18 AM EDT

Yeah, I was gonna say I saw this article recently, but it's the same one bart linked.

I find facebook useful in that it's the easiest way to contact people just via their name. Easy to reconnect etc. Otherwise though I don't use it much. I have any idea why people waste all that time with facebook apps. Some people do way too much facebook stalking too.

Cube April 15 2009 2:19 AM EDT

*I don't have any idea...

Flamey April 15 2009 3:06 AM EDT

Twitter is used to give updates right? I think twitter is awesome when it's for celebrities or bands or whatever, when it's the average joe, not so much.

EG: blink-182's bassist/singer Mark Hoppus uses twitter. He's also a producer for a few bands. It's nice to see progress, you'd find out whether he's writing a song, going to help a band out, or they're in the studio recording.

Sure it might be a bit obsessive, but I think it's nice for those who appreciate an artist/celebrity to find out what's going on. 'Cos really, when you're heavily in to music, all you've got is hearsay and the odd interview, plus an album release. It's not much to go by. Plus when you wait 2 years for an album, it's nice not being in the dark, so to speak.

In reality, it's like interviews with bands, only on a pretty much daily basis.

QBJohnnywas April 15 2009 3:20 AM EDT

I hate Facebook, but yes, my wife loves it. However she's not so keen right now, since we discovered that photos she has on the site have been used in an advertising campaign by a matchmaking agency - sold to them apparently by Facebook, as allowed by Facebook's ToS....so nothing we can do about it.

Watch what you post on there. If you've something you don't want distributed without your permission, remember by posting it on there you've already given your permission.

Hakai [Aye Phelta Thi] April 15 2009 3:23 AM EDT

That's terrible, JW. I would be furious. And she can't do anything? Such a pity. And shame on them for using a fake picture to sell their "successful" business...

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] April 15 2009 4:18 AM EDT

JW, I'm in the same boat, Hate Facebook, Claire loves it. She removed all pictures of Emma off the site, but Facebook were forced to change thier ToS so they no longer 'own' pictures (even if you delete them) uploaded to thier site.

As they no longer own your content, if it was sold off and used, I think you might have a case for legal action. But don't hold me to it! ;)

Lochnivar April 15 2009 4:22 AM EDT


I think camping back on the old days of CB1 was none to conducive to high marks back in my college days....

... so in conclusion, the internet is evil (at least the good stuff on it is!)

Ernest-Scribbler April 15 2009 4:52 AM EDT

I have to use facebook so i can be cool. If i don't get any messages for a while or get poked i practically start reaching for those pills. It is an excellent gauge of how cool you are as everyone knows that the people with 1000+ friends are incredibly cool and are annoying high maintenance attention seekers. These people are actually the closest things we have to gods in this day and age.

blackshadowshade April 15 2009 6:00 AM EDT

I like Facebook a lot, because it helps me stay in touch with a whole pile of friends who I wouldn't otherwise email, since I'm slack.

Part of the thing is that almost all my friends live in other countries, and it would otherwise be REALLY tough to know what's going on with them and to let them know what's going on in my life.

My wife is just new to Facebook, but she loves it for the same reason.

QBsutekh137 April 15 2009 8:12 AM EDT

Flamey, you touch on a good point, and I'll admit it shines a light on my (somewhat irrational) dislike of Twitter. I just don't like that Twitter is considered something so new and amazing. I don't even understand why it has its own (utterly moronic) moniker.

Indeed, dynamic updates are nice. And Twitter is good at that. But why does it need to have a new name: "Twitter"? It's all the same thing -- communication. We've had updates via email lists, posting boards, and blogs for, what, well over a decade now? Twitter comes along and suddenly, "OMGZ TEH TWITTERS PWN ALL!" Huh?

I am sure the fellow from Blink 182 kept a nice update before Twitter was around, too? When a friend of mine went through the lengthy adoption process (and travels) of a lovely little Russian girl. He just used a common blogger tool. He'd make two-three updates a day from wherever he was, and everyone could comment on his post, wish him well, etc.

Can anyone explain to me something Twitter can do that delivers more "bang for buck"? In other words, for each time I need to type something in to give folks an update, what do I get MORE than I would get simply by posting on a blog, or even, yes, on Facebook? I understand that Twitter can be 100 times more granular, but only if I Twitter 100 times a day. That sounds like the opposite of productive, though.

Am I just missing something?

Ancient Anubis April 15 2009 8:16 AM EDT

i use facebook only to communicate with my best m8 who is currently working on a cruise ship for the next 7 months otherwise not a fan of it.
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