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2013-02-09 12:45:33 PM
and another 10 percent said the content wasn't relevant.

When the only content is your friends that seems like a bullshiat answer. Either they have no friends, so there's no content, or they hate their friends.
 
2013-02-09 01:19:42 PM

Slaxl: Either they have no friends, so there's no content, or they hate their friends.


Remember kids:

Getting engaged in virtual online worlds, 2003: "LOL U JUST DON'T HAEV ANY FRIENDS"
Refusing to post on Facebook, 2013: "LOL U JUST DON'T HAEV ANY FRIENDS"
 
2013-02-09 01:38:36 PM
I quit... probably 3 years ago now. I don't miss it.

/also, I have no friends.
 
2013-02-09 02:26:17 PM

Slaxl: and another 10 percent said the content wasn't relevant.

When the only content is your friends that seems like a bullshiat answer. Either they have no friends, so there's no content, or they hate their friends.


The vast majority of my friends post vapid crap that I couldn't care less about. Every so often they get in touch with me directly, or notify me of something. If it wasn't for the fact that a lot of people use facebook events to arrange stuff, or that it's far easier to find someone on facebook than it is by googling, I wouldn't have it.

I don't really care what my friends had to eat or what news story caught their attention. It doesn't help that there's a few in particular who consistently post full-retard freeperville stuff about the Obama administration.
 
2013-02-09 03:00:03 PM
I've come to the realization that Facebook is like rooming with all your friends.
At first it's all, "This is great! We can stay in touch and talk."
Then later, it's all, "You listen to that crap? You watch what? You believe in what?"
 
2013-02-09 03:21:42 PM

Fubini: Slaxl: and another 10 percent said the content wasn't relevant.

When the only content is your friends that seems like a bullshiat answer. Either they have no friends, so there's no content, or they hate their friends.

The vast majority of my friends post vapid crap that I couldn't care less about. Every so often they get in touch with me directly, or notify me of something. If it wasn't for the fact that a lot of people use facebook events to arrange stuff, or that it's far easier to find someone on facebook than it is by googling, I wouldn't have it.

I don't really care what my friends had to eat or what news story caught their attention. It doesn't help that there's a few in particular who consistently post full-retard freeperville stuff about the Obama administration.


That's why I try to limit my face booking to late night drunken tirades.

small town people from Alabama... I should know better.
 
2013-02-09 03:22:11 PM
At least one quit because his girlfriend didn't like the fact that I destroyed her weak-ass argument with nothing more than logic and fact.

Oh, look. All evidence of such a defeat has suddenly been deleted by a moron ragequitting because his harpy girlfriend told him to make the pwnage go away. Isn't that convenient?
 
2013-02-09 03:29:32 PM

Fubini: The vast majority of my friends post vapid crap that I couldn't care less about. Every so often they get in touch with me directly, or notify me of something. If it wasn't for the fact that a lot of people use facebook events to arrange stuff, or that it's far easier to find someone on facebook than it is by googling, I wouldn't have it.


Yep, it's nice to keep up on 2nd or 3rd "circle" friends who get engaged, have babies, etc. but the vapid crap is indeed getting old.

I don't really care what my friends had to eat or what news story caught their attention. It doesn't help that there's a few in particular who consistently post full-retard freeperville stuff about the Obama administration.

...and also this. Unbelievable to me how an otherwise cool person goes pretty much batshiat insane when the subject is politics. Oh well, I just mark the DERP as SPAM and then try to forget about it.
 
2013-02-09 03:34:55 PM
1:5 != 1/5, innumeratemitter.

1:5 = 16.7%
1/5 = 20%

3:5 = 37.5%
3/5 = 60%

Did a second grader submit this?
 
2013-02-09 03:35:01 PM
I only use Facebook for its messaging properties, more reliable than email in most cases with my friends. I am, however, planning on paring down my personal page in favore of a more professional, business/group page. It's gotten pointless when only 25% of your friends see your stuff anyway, due to algorithms.
 
2013-02-09 03:38:06 PM
I changed my account to an anon one after the election. Dumped the "friends" that I found out this past year were basically insane (at least I think so...they probably think the same of me). Or to be fairer, dumped the "friends" with whom I had nothing in common with anymore and found their outlook on life to be depressing enough to put them on my "Contact via US Postal Service Only" list.

To date, no complaints so I guess it was a www.the-numbers.com
 
2013-02-09 03:38:38 PM
I was on Facebook for a few months. I reunited with my high school sweetheart, then we quit Facebook and lived happily ever after.

So I begrudgingly owe Facebook for my happiness. But that doesn't mean I'd stick around to deal with the rest of the idiots on there. We got lucky and found each other with minimal exposure to the heaps and heaps of stupidity on Facebook.
 
2013-02-09 03:40:39 PM
And people call me crazy and/or stupid for refusing to have a Facespace account.
 
2013-02-09 03:40:46 PM

ZeroCorpse: We got lucky and found each other with minimal exposure to the heaps and heaps of stupidity on Facebook.


you know that obnoxious snide twit who will let you know at any opportunity that 'I don't even have a TV'?

yah. that's me with facebook.

 so they can have piles of stupidity. they can have stacks of stupidity. they can have a shimmering glob of stupidity. but heaps of stupidity? those are mine.
 
2013-02-09 03:42:12 PM
Seem like pretty good odds to me.
 
2013-02-09 03:42:23 PM

Mike_LowELL: Slaxl: Either they have no friends, so there's no content, or they hate their friends.

Remember kids:

Getting engaged in virtual online worlds, 2003: "LOL U JUST DON'T HAEV ANY FRIENDS"
Refusing to post on Facebook, 2013: "LOL U JUST DON'T HAEV ANY FRIENDS"


I found that my life became far easier when I stopped trying to have friends.
 
2013-02-09 03:55:46 PM

Slaxl: and another 10 percent said the content wasn't relevant.

When the only content is your friends that seems like a bullshiat answer. Either they have no friends, so there's no content, or they hate their friends.


A good portion of the content in my newsfeed is adverts which Facebook may think are relevant to me but I don't.

Most of remainder is from two or three friends who, while decent folks to have a drink with, spend a lot of time spamming crap on their Facebook page.

/I use it as a glorified e-mail service
 
2013-02-09 03:58:42 PM
Who needs friends on Facebook when you can have enemies on Fark.com?
 
2013-02-09 04:03:07 PM
I avoid FB for the exact same reasons I avoid the fark political tab
 
2013-02-09 04:09:09 PM
I quit Facebook a few months ago, mostly because my news feed devolved into cat pictures and retarded memes. If I wanted that crap, I would go to reddit.
 
2013-02-09 04:15:03 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: 1:5 != 1/5, innumeratemitter.

1:5 = 16.7%
1/5 = 20%

3:5 = 37.5%
3/5 = 60%

Did a second grader submit this?



www.gscdn.org

wants an appology.  You're mean.
 
2013-02-09 04:28:04 PM
I decided not to create an account in 2008 because I had read back then about how people were fired or did not get hired because of their account. Since then I keep getting more reinforcement that I made the right decision.
 
2013-02-09 04:38:41 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: 1:5 != 1/5, innumeratemitter.

1:5 = 16.7%
1/5 = 20%


People here who get out alive:  0%

/we got the numbers
 
2013-02-09 04:39:38 PM
I joined briefly about 4 years ago and quit within three months due to ....hatred of people? Yeah sure, I'll go with that.
 
2013-02-09 04:43:36 PM

bsharitt: I quit Facebook a few months ago, mostly because my news feed devolved into cat pictures and retarded memes. If I wanted that crap, I would go to reddit.


You know that you can easily filter which subreddits you have on your front page. There are hundreds of groups there, you don't have to stick with the middle school crap that is on by default.
 
2013-02-09 04:46:26 PM

rev. dave: I decided not to create an account in 2008 because I had read back then about how people were fired or did not get hired because of their account. Since then I keep getting more reinforcement that I made the right decision.


In 2008 I heard about people that were arrested for breaking windows and assaulting people in the street.  I haven't been on the street since then and I think I made the right decision.
 
2013-02-09 04:57:42 PM
Facebook seems to bring out the vapidness, the crazy and just sheer stupidity in people, and allows them to display it to the world. It seems that most normal adults are starting to see that even if they aren't posting things that would negatively reflect on them, other people are, and it is easier not to be on Facebook at all than to be constantly trying to disassociate themselves with these people on Facebook.
 
2013-02-09 05:16:55 PM

ongbok: Facebook seems to bring out the vapidness, the crazy and just sheer stupidity in people, and allows them to display it to the world. It seems that most normal adults are starting to see that even if they aren't posting things that would negatively reflect on them, other people are, and it is easier not to be on Facebook at all than to be constantly trying to disassociate themselves with these people on Facebook.



heh heh....if you haven't done so, see if you can get on teapartycommunity[dot]com (they may have locked off new signups). The format is basically a Facebook rip. It will re-define vapidness, the crazy and just sheer stupidity for you.

ok,well maybe just the crazy and stupid part.

It does have it's entertaining moments though....in a Nick Cage / Knowing sort of way.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-09 05:18:09 PM

Karne: rev. dave: I decided not to create an account in 2008 because I had read back then about how people were fired or did not get hired because of their account. Since then I keep getting more reinforcement that I made the right decision.

In 2008 I heard about people that were arrested for breaking windows and assaulting people in the street.  I haven't been on the street since then and I think I made the right decision.


Well there were more reasons but I had to be brief while posting on fark from the restaurant I was eating at on my phone.
They include me not wanting to participate in what goes on there.   If I want to know what a friend is doing, I call them.   But since a few of them only communicate on facebook, it also was a good time for me to end some friendships.   Maybe it means I am anti-social or play the friend game which seems really superficial to me.
 
2013-02-09 05:22:03 PM
I've never had a problem on Facebook. Then again, the relatives and friends on there know how to not act like farking idiots. We've actually managed to just share interesting and useful things with one another.
 
2013-02-09 05:38:40 PM

ongbok: Facebook seems to bring out the vapidness, the crazy and just sheer stupidity in people, and allows them to display it to the world.


Yeah, like I said; just like the politics tab

/there an echo in here?!?
 
2013-02-09 05:40:33 PM

GRCooper: ongbok: Facebook seems to bring out the vapidness, the crazy and just sheer stupidity in people, and allows them to display it to the world.

Yeah, like I said; just like the politics tab

/there an echo in here?!?


At least on Fark people do it under an alias. On Facebook people are doing it under their real names for the world to see.
 
2013-02-09 05:41:12 PM
I deactivated my Facebook account about two months ago.  How long do I have to wait before I go full-on smug hipster douchebag, a la "I don't even have a TV"?
 
2013-02-09 05:54:24 PM
I have filtered the stupid out of my FB feed for the most part.  It makes my feed a happier place. Sadly, one of the ones I had to put on ignore was Dad.  Since he retired and discovered FB, he's gone full tard, sharing every update from the far right wing groups.  This was a guy that voted for Carter once upon a time.

I also have customized who gets to see my posts as well.  Less hassle from the the far right and far left, which can turn the most random post into a political rant.   Also, there are those that will drop the oddest non-sequiturs right in the middle of a conversation.  :/

Funny thing is, my favorite contact is a guy that I've only met through an online forum.  He posts some pretty funny (to me) original stuff every day or so.  I, of course, shamelessly steal his material.

I think the drop-out rate is probably normal.  There's always a percentage of people that are going to join to "see what all the fuss is about", then realize they still don't really care about the internets other than for the occasional search and to find out who played the supporting role in the movie they watched last night.
 
2013-02-09 06:08:19 PM

darwinpolice: I deactivated my Facebook account about two months ago.  How long do I have to wait before I go full-on smug hipster douchebag, a la "I don't even have a TV"?


When you stop eating gluten.
 
2013-02-09 06:47:24 PM
I live in the sow-uth.  About 98% of my nearly 800 friends on Fb are in the "Obama killed Lincoln and is going to take our guns " category.

What's the ratio elsewhere in the country, seriously?  Please say it's not like this everywhere.
 
2013-02-09 07:28:54 PM
Like most sane people, I've never used it for anything but a way to get in touch with people and almost never even read anything but the "messages" pane.

Then, I got signed up when I was in actual school, so eh.

//As far as secondary services, I actually use G+ a lot more, since they've bundled actual useful tools into it.
//I've been logging in less frequently, admittedly, since they made it so that you have to keep an entirely separate dedicated browser open for it to keep it from handing your real name to the entire internet.
 
2013-02-09 07:43:07 PM

FunkOut: I've never had a problem on Facebook. Then again, the relatives and friends on there know how to not act like farking idiots. We've actually managed to just share interesting and useful things with one another.


This. It's also one of the most easiest ways to coordinate group activities and events because of its ubquity. I'm also not shy about dropping connection with the few people who chronically behave like jackaninnies.

I think where most people get in trouble is when they treat the thing like their private diary rather than as a little soapbox to announce things to their world.
 
2013-02-09 07:45:54 PM
a Facebook thread mostly filled with FB haters? holy shiat, haven't seen that in a whole week.

long ago i had my first FB account under my real name. as the months went by and people found me or vice-versa i learned a huge amount of the fellows i went to school and church & CCD classes in our boring little hick lily white town got married. and after their kids graduated college a whole lot of those guys came out of the closet, dumped their wives and are now happy with boyfriends.

this taught me that a lot of people are raised in families so screwed up by their religious beliefs and peer pressure they are unable to be themselves and try to fit into someone else's mold. the whole experience left me very sad. your parents, your peers and/or your religion should not make you waste most of your life pretending to be someone you aren't.
 
2013-02-09 07:52:17 PM

darwinpolice: I deactivated my Facebook account about two months ago.  How long do I have to wait before I go full-on smug hipster douchebag, a la "I don't even have a TV"?


Mission accomplished.  Now, go have a PBR and celebrate.
 
2013-02-09 08:04:48 PM
I like Facebook, but one or two friends who go on Share-binges and post about 30+ pictures a day they found on funny sites can just wear you down after a while. I want to block them but the problem is that they occasionally post something relevant to my interests and are friends of mine so I end up just working around their junk.
 
2013-02-09 08:13:19 PM

rev. dave: Karne: rev. dave: I decided not to create an account in 2008 because I had read back then about how people were fired or did not get hired because of their account. Since then I keep getting more reinforcement that I made the right decision.

In 2008 I heard about people that were arrested for breaking windows and assaulting people in the street.  I haven't been on the street since then and I think I made the right decision.

Well there were more reasons but I had to be brief while posting on fark from the restaurant I was eating at on my phone.
They include me not wanting to participate in what goes on there.   If I want to know what a friend is doing, I call them.   But since a few of them only communicate on facebook, it also was a good time for me to end some friendships.   Maybe it means I am anti-social or play the friend game which seems really superficial to me.


I gotta get one of those. I'm antisocial and hate IRL restaurants too.
 
2013-02-09 08:16:36 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: 1:5 != 1/5, innumeratemitter.

1:5 = 16.7%
1/5 = 20%

3:5 = 37.5%
3/5 = 60%

Did a second grader submit this?


Frances in this thread who need to lighten up: At least one

firedaily.com
 
2013-02-09 08:18:56 PM

darwinpolice: I deactivated my Facebook account about two months ago.  How long do I have to wait before I go full-on smug hipster douchebag, a la "I don't even have a TV"?


at the two month mark?  You may only tweet about it for the irony's sake, it takes at least 6 months of cold turkey before you can declare yourself social site free...via your fark account...again for the irony.
 
2013-02-09 08:21:12 PM
I don't really like being annoyed with the banalities of my old classmates, but I love annoying my old classmates with my banalities.
 
2013-02-09 09:19:26 PM
I'm wanted in 16 states so I only post on sites that no one reads.
 
2013-02-09 10:36:05 PM
 
2013-02-09 11:14:26 PM
Never had it, never will. As my adult daughter told me, "Dad it's a good thing you're not on facebook. Everybody named (our last name) is arguing with each other on there." She even had to de-friend (un-friend? not clear on the terminology) my brother - her uncle - because of his wingnutty rants.

Of course maybe that says more about my family than anything else. But to quote W. C. Fields: "Gentlemen, include me out."

/Still marginally misanthropic. I just keep it to myself.
 
2013-02-10 12:03:45 AM

Mawson of the Antarctic: I only use Facebook for its messaging properties, more reliable than email in most cases with my friends. I am, however, planning on paring down my personal page in favore of a more professional, business/group page. It's gotten pointless when only 25% of your friends see your stuff anyway, due to algorithms.


That's ok, your future employers will still see your current page in the future thanks to archive.org.  And then they won't hire you.  So you might as well leave it as is.
 
2013-02-10 12:15:54 AM

Top Geezer: Never had it, never will. As my adult daughter told me, "Dad it's a good thing you're not on facebook. Everybody named (our last name) is arguing with each other on there." She even had to de-friend (un-friend? not clear on the terminology) my brother - her uncle - because of his wingnutty rants.

Of course maybe that says more about my family than anything else. But to quote W. C. Fields: "Gentlemen, include me out."

/Still marginally misanthropic. I just keep it to myself.


I admit, that's part of why I won't go back. I could see it coming. I'm the only member of my family that leans to the left (although I'm now apolitical and don't give a shiat about any political party). While on Facebook, I couldn't post anything that would make my conservative parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and all their respective friends decide they needed to "set me straight" by sending me shiatloads of propaganda they dug up from some stupid chain letter or the Drudge Report.

It's my duty, in the name of keeping the peace in my family, to not get involved in their conversations about politics, religion, and the economy.

/I'm also apathetic about religion. That doesn't help.
//And yeah, I still get stupid chain emails that never seem to check Snopes for accuracy.
 
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