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2010-10-08 11:48:55 AM  
You shouldn't be friends with assholes
 
2010-10-08 12:15:12 PM  
Di Atribe: You shouldn't be friends with assholes

A fair point, but I have to counter that while most of my friends aren't assholes, most are utter morons.
 
2010-10-08 12:15:48 PM  
Oh for farks sake!! That's not what this feature does.

ZOMG FACEBOOK IS TEH DEBBIL!!!!!


Stop it.....just.....stop it
 
2010-10-08 12:20:46 PM  
MightyPez: A fair point, but I have to counter that while most of my friends aren't assholes, most are utter morons.

Hey! I resemble that remark!
 
2010-10-08 12:20:48 PM  
I was going to make a NAMBLA joke but the headline of the article beat me to it.
 
Xai
2010-10-08 12:27:46 PM  
anyone know if you can opt-out of having this ability?
 
2010-10-08 12:28:14 PM  
DJanomaly: Oh for farks sake!! That's not what this feature does.

ZOMG FACEBOOK IS TEH DEBBIL!!!!!


Stop it.....just.....stop it


Care to explain what it does then?
 
2010-10-08 12:28:48 PM  
Di Atribe: You shouldn't be friends with assholes

Almost all of my friends are assholes. The worst part - I think that I'm the bad influence.
 
2010-10-08 12:29:04 PM  
I have many areas of ignorance, and many of those areas are blissful. FaceBook is one of them. I have no idea what it does, except aid stalkers and teach people to farm. I imagine that this mean a huge swath of FaceBook is dedicated to bestiality porn.

Which is why I give people a strange look when I find out their on FaceBook.
 
2010-10-08 12:29:52 PM  
DJanomaly: Oh for farks sake!! That's not what this feature does.

Oh BS. Would it be that hard to force the added user to confirm? The existing groups weren't good enough, because they were opt in? Facebook needs to ditch the opt-out philosophy, or push it on the government so we can get more registered voters and organ donors
 
2010-10-08 12:30:03 PM  
t3knomanser: I have many areas of ignorance, and many of those areas are blissful. FaceBook is one of them. I have no idea what it does, except aid stalkers and teach people to farm. I imagine that this means a huge swath of FaceBook is dedicated to bestiality porn.

Which is why I give people a strange look when I find out they're on FaceBook.


Holy crap, I'm apparently very tired.
 
2010-10-08 12:32:15 PM  
This is a great idea. Facebook never fails to surprise me with their cutting edge innovations and features. It is no wonder Facebook is one of the largest companies in the world and has a firm commitment to the community.
 
2010-10-08 12:32:16 PM  
t3knomanser: t3knomanser: I have many areas of ignorance, and many of those areas are blissful. FaceBook is one of them. I have no idea what it does, except aid stalkers and teach people to farm. I imagine that this means a huge swath of FaceBook is dedicated to bestiality porn.

Which is why I give people a strange look when I find out they're on FaceBook.

Holy crap, I'm apparently very tired.


At least you caught it.

People give me a weird look when they find out I am not on FB.
 
2010-10-08 12:32:48 PM  
So of course the question is: How can I do this to my friends? :P
 
2010-10-08 12:34:16 PM  
Go around adding facebook employees to the NAMBLA group.
 
2010-10-08 12:35:01 PM  
I have faith in the goodness of my friends, they must know what is best for me.
 
2010-10-08 12:35:46 PM  
t3knomanser: t3knomanser: I have many areas of ignorance, and many of those areas are blissful. FaceBook is one of them. I have no idea what it does, except aid stalkers and teach people to farm. I imagine that this means a huge swath of FaceBook is dedicated to bestiality porn.

Which is why I give people a strange look when I find out they're on FaceBook.

Holy crap, I'm apparently very tired.



Um, that's the correct usage. They are --> They're
 
2010-10-08 12:36:30 PM  
Whoops, I'm an idiot. Carry on.
 
2010-10-08 12:37:43 PM  
fifthhorseman: Whoops, I am a idiot. Carry on.

ftfy

/pet peave
 
2010-10-08 12:38:27 PM  
Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: DJanomaly: Oh for farks sake!! That's not what this feature does.

ZOMG FACEBOOK IS TEH DEBBIL!!!!!


Stop it.....just.....stop it

Care to explain what it does then?


It allows you to separate your friends into different groups, ie work people, college friends, family etc. The article implies that you could just put your friend in one of the existing facebook groups, they even compare it to adding you to a mailing list.

It's a flawed feature, but not nearly as bad as it's being made out to be.
 
2010-10-08 12:42:06 PM  
Di Atribe: You shouldn't be friends with assholes

I'm not friends with any Cowboys fans - I'm good.

Sorry, I could not help myself.
 
2010-10-08 12:42:33 PM  
PoochUMD: Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: DJanomaly: Oh for farks sake!! That's not what this feature does.

ZOMG FACEBOOK IS TEH DEBBIL!!!!!


Stop it.....just.....stop it

Care to explain what it does then?

It allows you to separate your friends into different groups, ie work people, college friends, family etc. The article implies that you could just put your friend in one of the existing facebook groups, they even compare it to adding you to a mailing list.

It's a flawed feature, but not nearly as bad as it's being made out to be.


I already grouped my friends years ago. How is this different. I have a group called "close friends". This article is terrible. I have no idea what they are talking about.

Does anyone? I see nothing on facebook. Also, facebook has the worst navigation ever created.
 
2010-10-08 12:45:02 PM  
Since I'm not on FB, I've noticed that some friends I've known for a long time are not calling much any more. I think it's easier for them to be on FB and dole out little snippets of their lives that will impress people or make them look more "hip" that they really are. Serious, how the hell can you have 236 "friends"?

Maybe it's because I know who they really are. Or I'm just a douchebag.
 
2010-10-08 12:45:27 PM  
enforcerpsu: Does anyone? I see nothing on facebook. Also, facebook has the worst navigation ever created.

Same here, I was thinking at first this was like the "lists" feature but they already have that. I can't seem to find this new feature unless it's only available for some people. You know I'm signed up for FB betas and I almost never notice new features until they're suddenly implemented across the board.
 
2010-10-08 12:50:30 PM  
Why do people still use facebook? I don't get it...
 
2010-10-08 12:53:53 PM  
Pinner: Since I'm not on FB, I've noticed that some friends I've known for a long time are not calling much any more. I think it's easier for them to be on FB and dole out little snippets of their lives that will impress people or make them look more "hip" that they really are. Serious, how the hell can you have 236 "friends"?

Maybe it's because I know who they really are. Or I'm just a douchebag.


You honestly don't know how FB works. Nowadays any girl you meet would rather give her facebook info than her phone number so a night on town might net you 3-10 new "friends". The problem is that people are too lazy to delete those "friends" once they see that it doesn't lead to anything.
 
2010-10-08 12:55:29 PM  
PsyLord: Why do people still use facebook? I don't get it...

To keep in touch with friends and family spread all over the world. Is it really that hard to "get"?

Sure, there are a lot of people who use the site for Farmville and shiat like that, but most people use it to stay in touch, sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc.
 
2010-10-08 12:55:56 PM  
PsyLord: Why do people still use facebook? I don't get it...

Why not? It's a great tool if you use it to keep in touch with people in your life. If you don't want private information on the net don't put it but there's nothing inherently bad about FB.

As with any tool (ie guns), a person might use it for good things or bad things but overall I think FB is a positive. Your milage might vary.
 
2010-10-08 12:57:08 PM  
Apples01: but most people use it to stay in touch, sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc.

That doesn't really answer the question, though. I don't need FaceBook to do any of that. I did all of that before FaceBook even existed.
 
2010-10-08 12:58:13 PM  
Apples01: sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc

Also, and I admit it's been awhile since I've checked, the last time I tried to view something on FaceBook, I had to have an account. What the hell good is that? I can't link people to things unless they're already on FaceBook?
 
2010-10-08 01:00:36 PM  
t3knomanser: Apples01: but most people use it to stay in touch, sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc.

That doesn't really answer the question, though. I don't need FaceBook to do any of that. I did all of that before FaceBook even existed.


Okay, well most people didn't. If you don't need to use it, don't use it, but I'm amazed that you can't wrap your head around why a lot of people do use it.
 
2010-10-08 01:02:02 PM  
t3knomanser: Apples01: but most people use it to stay in touch, sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc.

That doesn't really answer the question, though. I don't need FaceBook to do any of that. I did all of that before FaceBook even existed.


I think Myspace actually has tighter security measures than Facebook. I thought I read something about that about half a year ago.

/don't know for sure since I don't really use either
 
2010-10-08 01:02:14 PM  
t3knomanser: Apples01: but most people use it to stay in touch, sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc.

That doesn't really answer the question, though. I don't need FaceBook to do any of that. I did all of that before FaceBook even existed.


Why use email? I've been using letters for correspondence for decades, even before this whole fad called the 'interweb' existed!
 
2010-10-08 01:02:43 PM  
t3knomanser: Apples01: sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc

Also, and I admit it's been awhile since I've checked, the last time I tried to view something on FaceBook, I had to have an account. What the hell good is that? I can't link people to things unless they're already on FaceBook?


Well...yeah. Would you want anybody, anywhere to be able to access your (somewhat) private photos and info? A lot of people put their phone number, address, e-mail, etc. in their profile, information that they'd only want their friends and family to know.
 
2010-10-08 01:07:10 PM  
Apples01: Would you want anybody, anywhere to be able to access your (somewhat) private photos and info?

Some of it, absolutely. If I post a picture, I want the option of making that picture 100% public. Otherwise, I can only share that picture with other people on FaceBook. Great, if everyone I know is on FaceBook, but pretty awful, otherwise.

About 90% of the stuff I put online is stuff I want anyone to see, not just people with FaceBook accounts. The remaining 10%, I can secure as I see fit.

//Anyone with any amount of Google-fu can find my phone number, most likely.
//Of course, that's also true if you just used a phonebook.
 
2010-10-08 01:07:15 PM  
Apples01: PsyLord: Why do people still use facebook? I don't get it...

To keep in touch with friends and family spread all over the world. Is it really that hard to "get"?

Sure, there are a lot of people who use the site for Farmville and shiat like that, but most people use it to stay in touch, sharing their experiences through pictures, messages, etc.


I know why they use it, I'm asking why thy STILL USE it after all these privacy issues have popped up. I guess people aren't worried that much about their personal info.

BTW - a colleague told me that he knows of a high school student that got his college app rejected because of an opinion that he had written on his facebook private wall.

/CSB.
 
2010-10-08 01:08:51 PM  
t3knomanser: Apples01: Would you want anybody, anywhere to be able to access your (somewhat) private photos and info?

Some of it, absolutely. If I post a picture, I want the option of making that picture 100% public. Otherwise, I can only share that picture with other people on FaceBook. Great, if everyone I know is on FaceBook, but pretty awful, otherwise.

About 90% of the stuff I put online is stuff I want anyone to see, not just people with FaceBook accounts. The remaining 10%, I can secure as I see fit.

//Anyone with any amount of Google-fu can find my phone number, most likely.
//Of course, that's also true if you just used a phonebook.


You do realize that companies can pay Facebook to access the private content on your account... right?
 
2010-10-08 01:09:37 PM  
Don't know what all of the serious talk in this thread is about... if you haven't realized that Facebook does it for teh lulz, you're far behind.
 
2010-10-08 01:09:50 PM  
t3knomanser: Apples01: Would you want anybody, anywhere to be able to access your (somewhat) private photos and info?

Some of it, absolutely. If I post a picture, I want the option of making that picture 100% public. Otherwise, I can only share that picture with other people on FaceBook. Great, if everyone I know is on FaceBook, but pretty awful, otherwise.

About 90% of the stuff I put online is stuff I want anyone to see, not just people with FaceBook accounts. The remaining 10%, I can secure as I see fit.

//Anyone with any amount of Google-fu can find my phone number, most likely.
//Of course, that's also true if you just used a phonebook.


Then make your profile public, so that anyone can see anything.

Or don't use it, and use whatever method you prefer.
 
2010-10-08 01:12:31 PM  
PsyLord: You do realize that companies can pay Facebook to access the private content on your account... right?

I'm not sure what that has to do with anything...

Apples01: Then make your profile public, so that anyone can see anything

The last time I looked at FaceBook, stuff that was public still required me to have an account to look at it. Like I said- this was some time ago.

//I've had a bad feeling about FaceBook since back when you needed to be a college student to join. I had just graduated.
 
2010-10-08 01:13:02 PM  
be glad someone didn't add you to the nambla group

Link (new window)
 
2010-10-08 01:16:55 PM  
ddam: Pinner: Since I'm not on FB, I've noticed that some friends I've known for a long time are not calling much any more. I think it's easier for them to be on FB and dole out little snippets of their lives that will impress people or make them look more "hip" that they really are. Serious, how the hell can you have 236 "friends"?

Maybe it's because I know who they really are. Or I'm just a douchebag.

You honestly don't know how FB works. Nowadays any girl you meet would rather give her facebook info than her phone number so a night on town might net you 3-10 new "friends". The problem is that people are too lazy to delete those "friends" once they see that it doesn't lead to anything.


A buddy of mine asked if it was okay to give my e-mail to a friend from college... she wanted to get in touch. She has not sent a thing. BUT, I bet if I were on FB, then I'm sure it's a "look at me! look at me!" fest.


"Socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality"
-Aaron Sorkin
 
2010-10-08 01:20:01 PM  
Don't see why anyone would have a problem with Marlon Brando look-alikes.
 
2010-10-08 01:22:43 PM  
PsyLord: BTW - a colleague told me that he knows of a high school student that got his college app rejected because of an opinion that he had written on his facebook private wall.

/CSB.


That is one hell of a CSB. Did they explicitly state that on the rejection letter? "Thank you for your application, but after looking at your recent Facebook posts..."

Hey, Favra! What's the name of that restaurant you like with all the goofy shiat on the walls and the mozzarella sticks?
 
2010-10-08 01:25:11 PM  
Pinner: ddam: Pinner: Since I'm not on FB, I've noticed that some friends I've known for a long time are not calling much any more. I think it's easier for them to be on FB and dole out little snippets of their lives that will impress people or make them look more "hip" that they really are. Serious, how the hell can you have 236 "friends"?

Maybe it's because I know who they really are. Or I'm just a douchebag.

You honestly don't know how FB works. Nowadays any girl you meet would rather give her facebook info than her phone number so a night on town might net you 3-10 new "friends". The problem is that people are too lazy to delete those "friends" once they see that it doesn't lead to anything.

A buddy of mine asked if it was okay to give my e-mail to a friend from college... she wanted to get in touch. She has not sent a thing. BUT, I bet if I were on FB, then I'm sure it's a "look at me! look at me!" fest.


"Socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality"
-Aaron Sorkin


I dunno about you but I've used FB to set up real life meetings with my friends to ride our motorcycles or go out on the weekend or plan a trip. It's much easier than anything else I've done before especially since I'm out of college and my friends are scattered through Los Angeles.

Also, I can keep up with my childhood friends from Eastern Europe and my family. So you can biatch and moan all you want about how bad FB is but I use it for what I need and it's very useful to me. I don't play their Java games and all that but if that's what you wanna do, by all means do it.

By the way, it's kind of ironic of you to make fun of how fake FB is when you're spending time writing in an online thread. Shouldn't you only share your thoughts in real life settings?
 
2010-10-08 01:27:21 PM  
In practice, however, the new Facebook Groups has rapidly traced the same familiar path just about every new Facebook feature seems to do, which is riding roughshod over the privacy concerns of its 500 million users.

Why do people keep acting like having a facebook account and using it is as much of a necessity as a cell phone or email?

If you're that concerned about privacy issues, don't use facebook. Or don't post anything you'd be uncomfortable with the entire world seeing.
 
2010-10-08 01:37:41 PM  
ddam: By the way, it's kind of ironic of you to make fun of how fake FB is when you're spending time writing in an online thread. Shouldn't you only share your thoughts in real life settings?

What? This IS real life, isn't it?
You're right. It's a great tool to do those things.
On the other hand I see a lot of people constantly checking their page, LOL this LOL that... creating an image of themselves that is easy to hide behind especially if you're projecting yourself to over 100 people that you most likely will rarely see face to face. They "Friend" people just because they kind of know someone that knows them. Up the count and all of a sudden you look REALLY popular. Fact is you only really hang out with 4 or 5 people.
It's odd.
Enjoy it if it works for you.
 
2010-10-08 01:45:26 PM  
Pinner: ddam: By the way, it's kind of ironic of you to make fun of how fake FB is when you're spending time writing in an online thread. Shouldn't you only share your thoughts in real life settings?

What? This IS real life, isn't it?
You're right. It's a great tool to do those things.
On the other hand I see a lot of people constantly checking their page, LOL this LOL that... creating an image of themselves that is easy to hide behind especially if you're projecting yourself to over 100 people that you most likely will rarely see face to face. They "Friend" people just because they kind of know someone that knows them. Up the count and all of a sudden you look REALLY popular. Fact is you only really hang out with 4 or 5 people.
It's odd.
Enjoy it if it works for you.


FB is a tool. How you use it is up to the user. I'm not going to slam FB because a person decides to friend 10000 people, it's their choice. I'll slam FB if they lax security but this isn't an example of that.
 
2010-10-08 01:48:15 PM  
Pinner: ddam: By the way, it's kind of ironic of you to make fun of how fake FB is when you're spending time writing in an online thread. Shouldn't you only share your thoughts in real life settings?

What? This IS real life, isn't it?
You're right. It's a great tool to do those things.
On the other hand I see a lot of people constantly checking their page, LOL this LOL that... creating an image of themselves that is easy to hide behind especially if you're projecting yourself to over 100 people that you most likely will rarely see face to face. They "Friend" people just because they kind of know someone that knows them. Up the count and all of a sudden you look REALLY popular. Fact is you only really hang out with 4 or 5 people.
It's odd.
Enjoy it if it works for you.


It helps if you know less fake & vapid people as well, sounds like you need to know less fake & vapid people and act like less of one yourself. Sure I have some friends that lol-post 2500+ pictures of themselves cataloging literally every weekend's drinking nights(talk about applying a virtual 'do not hire me' sign :P) and others that are trying to treat the thing like just another avenue to push their professional ambitions but meh they're a few among 200 and very easily set to 'not display on feed' if one really bothers me that much.
 
2010-10-08 01:51:19 PM  
So, i have skimmed the article and replies and no resolutions that i can see. HOW DO YOU OPT OUT OF THIS FEATURE?
 
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