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2013-04-02 09:15:21 AM  
And the adults are getting pretty bored with idiots posting politics, religion, and pictures of food all the time.  But at least the bratty kids are gone.
 
2013-04-02 09:20:22 AM  
Somewhere a Google executive is dusting off his Kool & The Gang album.
 
2013-04-02 09:25:29 AM  
"There will be pictures of people you really don't like, or stupid spam stuff everywhere. Whereas on Twitter, you just follow friends and pretty much people you know. It's more select than Facebook. You're friends with everyone on Facebook, but you don't follow everyone on Twitter, and same with Instagram," Birnbaum says.

*Headdesk*

Nobody made you have a thousand friends on there.

"There's a lot of pop-ups on Facebook and ads everywhere, and you see your parents' status updates and older people's things that just aren't funny and you just don't care about them."

Ugh, just ugh.

I think they found the most inane teens there.
 
2013-04-02 09:46:24 AM  

LordZorch: And the adults are getting pretty bored with idiots posting politics, religion, and pictures of food all the time.  But at least the bratty kids are gone.


209.160.24.31
 
2013-04-02 11:15:29 AM  
I would say the site is losing popularity because it's a public company now, and obligated to try and turn a profit instead of provide a service.  The corollary effects that come along with that shift in priorities end up turning off users by the truckload.  Teens are just the most fickle of the bunch,
 
2013-04-02 12:14:32 PM  

loveblondieo: "There will be pictures of people you really don't like, or stupid spam stuff everywhere. Whereas on Twitter, you just follow friends and pretty much people you know. It's more select than Facebook. You're friends with everyone on Facebook, but you don't follow everyone on Twitter, and same with Instagram," Birnbaum says.

*Headdesk*

Nobody made you have a thousand friends on there.

"There's a lot of pop-ups on Facebook and ads everywhere, and you see your parents' status updates and older people's things that just aren't funny and you just don't care about them."

Ugh, just ugh.

I think they found the most inane teens there.


They're doing Facebook completely wrong. As you mentioned, you can restrict who you're friends with on Facebook, or who's feeds you see, or who sees your feed. It's very easy to customize your experience there. Which is why I roll my eyes at most of the complaints about Facebook.

Also, I've never ever seen a pop-up ad on Facebook. Get Ad-Block, or stop looking at all those shady sites all the time that infect your computer. Probably easier to get Ad-Block.
 
2013-04-02 12:22:53 PM  

Car_Ramrod: loveblondieo: "There will be pictures of people you really don't like, or stupid spam stuff everywhere. Whereas on Twitter, you just follow friends and pretty much people you know. It's more select than Facebook. You're friends with everyone on Facebook, but you don't follow everyone on Twitter, and same with Instagram," Birnbaum says.

*Headdesk*

Nobody made you have a thousand friends on there.

"There's a lot of pop-ups on Facebook and ads everywhere, and you see your parents' status updates and older people's things that just aren't funny and you just don't care about them."

Ugh, just ugh.

I think they found the most inane teens there.

They're doing Facebook completely wrong. As you mentioned, you can restrict who you're friends with on Facebook, or who's feeds you see, or who sees your feed. It's very easy to customize your experience there. Which is why I roll my eyes at most of the complaints about Facebook.

Also, I've never ever seen a pop-up ad on Facebook. Get Ad-Block, or stop looking at all those shady sites all the time that infect your computer. Probably easier to get Ad-Block.


I'd rather just use Google +.  I don't get any popups, ads, political controversy, or even a single conversation.
 
2013-04-02 12:34:56 PM  
Facebook has been massively educational for me.

From my old high school friend who grew up dirt poor and on welfare who is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended to my aunt who is actually on SSI Disability yet is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended (and who posted a crying gif and a "Missing Andrew so bad" on Breitbart's birthday) I'm learning all about how Fartb0ngo is the ultimate muslin dictator who's single-handedly taking Thomas Jefferson's head and shoving it in a rusty bucket full of Communist buttholes AND how 0'Bumbler couldn't find his own desk without a team of billion-dollar consultants.

You just can't this this kind of learnin' in school.
 
2013-04-02 12:39:35 PM  
So your saying it's back to myspace again?
 
2013-04-02 12:40:33 PM  
I learned from Facebook that we're bad people unless we spend all our ding-dong days being sad that people who volunteer to go to warzones and fight people die sometimes.
 
2013-04-02 12:41:15 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: LordZorch: And the adults are getting pretty bored with idiots posting politics, religion, and pictures of food all the time.  But at least the bratty kids are gone.

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GODDAMMIT I LEFT FACEBOOK TO IGNORE THIS CRAP PLEASE NOT HERE
 
2013-04-02 12:41:59 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Facebook has been massively educational for me.

From my old high school friend who grew up dirt poor and on welfare who is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended to my aunt who is actually on SSI Disability yet is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended (and who posted a crying gif and a "Missing Andrew so bad" on Breitbart's birthday) I'm learning all about how Fartb0ngo is the ultimate muslin dictator who's single-handedly taking Thomas Jefferson's head and shoving it in a rusty bucket full of Communist buttholes AND how 0'Bumbler couldn't find his own desk without a team of billion-dollar consultants.

You just can't this this kind of learnin' in school.


I only have one friend that posts political crap on regular basis and he's a former Marine that is using his GI bill to get some education while working for one of those home security firms. He's been rejected by the police academy once for PTSD although he got his own doctor to certify that he doesn't have PTSD so he's applying again.
 
2013-04-02 12:43:10 PM  
To all the other parents of teenagers: well done, gang. Well done.

One of the greatest joys of being a parent comes from spoiling "cool" things for your children by adopting them.
 
2013-04-02 12:44:26 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: So your saying it's back to myspace again?


You could also try calling and talking to your friends or actually meeting them off the internets
 
2013-04-02 12:44:29 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: So your saying it's back to myspace again?


Nah, BBS's are the in thing again.
 
2013-04-02 12:45:30 PM  
As someone said upthread, no one held a gun to their little hands and made them friend 10,000 people they have no idea who they are.

My FB has 41 'friends'.  All family, or real friends, that I actually talk to and see regularly.  It's an easy place for the niece and nephews* to post pics of the kids instead of emailing to 20 different people.

Meh, let them leave, I never really knew they were there.  :)

*my nieces and nephews are all in their mid-late 30's
 
2013-04-02 12:45:33 PM  
I'm not comfortable having a Googleable online presence, not because I am doing anything particularly wrong, but because I don't believe we've thought this one through so I'm on the fence.
As such I have no facebook or other social media, it has meant that some/most of my old friends don't bother anymore as they do what everyone else does and that's facebook not real-life, but I'm ok, people come and go like the tides.
I'm unGoogleable, my real name plus any of the cities I've lived in over the past 20 years, nothing. I value that, so much that I even left Fark about seven years ago as I was worried that one or two things I'd said were sufficiently personal and unique. I came back as I'm off work and on the sick, this is kind of a distraction but definitely not social media.
 
2013-04-02 12:45:47 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-02 12:45:51 PM  
I'm fine of there are no teens, I don't like them in bars either. Is there no MySpace anymore for them?
 
2013-04-02 12:45:55 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: So your saying it's back to myspace again?


That's just crazy talk.

Oh, and all the other time-wasters, too, but mostly crazy talk.
 
2013-04-02 12:46:39 PM  

Hawnkee: justanotherfarkinfarker: So your saying it's back to myspace again?

Nah, BBS's are the in thing again.


Only if they bring back Trade Wars 2002
 
2013-04-02 12:47:23 PM  

Wellon Dowd: To all the other parents of teenagers: well done, gang. Well done.

One of the greatest joys of being a parent comes from spoiling "cool" things for your children by adopting them.


I plan on keeping my kids off drugs by telling them about how awesome they were when I did them back in the day, and how everyone my age thinks they're great. Follow that with "if you ever want to do them, come talk to me, and we'll discuss responsible and safe use, and I'll even let you and your friends do them in the backyard so you don't have to worry about getting busted for a DUI because you're all jammed into some tiny hatchback in the mall parking lot."
 
2013-04-02 12:47:26 PM  
I wonder how low their stock price will go when investors figure out how large a percentage of Facebooks reported users are either, spam accounts or accounts that haven't seen activity for years because somebody singed up, didn't care for it, and just stopped visiting without closing the account.
 
2013-04-02 12:47:42 PM  

ddam: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Facebook has been massively educational for me.

From my old high school friend who grew up dirt poor and on welfare who is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended to my aunt who is actually on SSI Disability yet is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended (and who posted a crying gif and a "Missing Andrew so bad" on Breitbart's birthday) I'm learning all about how Fartb0ngo is the ultimate muslin dictator who's single-handedly taking Thomas Jefferson's head and shoving it in a rusty bucket full of Communist buttholes AND how 0'Bumbler couldn't find his own desk without a team of billion-dollar consultants.

You just can't this this kind of learnin' in school.

I only have one friend that posts political crap on regular basis and he's a former Marine that is using his GI bill to get some education while working for one of those home security firms. He's been rejected by the police academy once for PTSD although he got his own doctor to certify that he doesn't have PTSD so he's applying again.


They won't care.

/ marked no to everything on my post-deployment PTSD worksheet thingy
// keeps severed heads in fridge
 
2013-04-02 12:48:24 PM  
I'm 30 but I can relate now that even my mom's friends are sending me friend requests. It's not that I plan on making jokes about dicks or Jesus or Jesus's dick, but I would like to know I can without dishonoring the family or some shiat.
 
2013-04-02 12:48:31 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Facebook has been massively educational for me.

From my old high school friend who grew up dirt poor and on welfare who is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended to my aunt who is actually on SSI Disability yet is now a mega-teabagger who wants all the soshulisms ended (and who posted a crying gif and a "Missing Andrew so bad" on Breitbart's birthday) I'm learning all about how Fartb0ngo is the ultimate muslin dictator who's single-handedly taking Thomas Jefferson's head and shoving it in a rusty bucket full of Communist buttholes AND how 0'Bumbler couldn't find his own desk without a team of billion-dollar consultants.

You just can't this this kind of learnin' in school.


That's where I start defriending family members. The ensuing shiatstorm is always enjoyable.
 
2013-04-02 12:48:45 PM  
So glad I never got involved in that site.

/braces for the inevitable "Oh, you think you're better than everyone else, do you?"
 
2013-04-02 12:48:49 PM  
The article leaves out the most important fact: where are they going next?

Millions of mothers and grandmothers want to know. They are sitting by the computer with their pens posed to write down the address, complete with www. and .com at the end.

I guess you'll have to wait and ask a sexy schoolteacher.
 
2013-04-02 12:49:18 PM  
Perhaps kids aren't migrating to just some other web site.

Maybe they've taken up a spot next to a lake somewhere, contemplating their place in the universe.
 
2013-04-02 12:50:34 PM  
LordZorch: And the adults are getting pretty bored with idiots posting politics, religion, and pictures of food all the time. But at least the bratty kids are gone.

Hey I COOKED that food!

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-04-02 12:53:14 PM  
Well, now that we've accomplished that, let's go over to 4chan and ruin that for the young'ns.
 
2013-04-02 12:53:22 PM  

monoski: justanotherfarkinfarker: So your saying it's back to myspace again?

You could also try calling and talking to your friends or actually meeting them off the internets


Facebook is a great resource for organizing meet-ups and events for the real world, and sharing pictures of said events. And for keeping track of friends that move around a lot. Especially international ones.
 
2013-04-02 12:53:51 PM  
Don't forget old high school girlfriends that want to talk about the old days, indirectly looking to rekindle an old flame after 2 failed marriages.
Look honey, you had a huge set of tits when we were in 11th grade, your ass has now caught up and I really wasn't interested in what you had to say back then, I was in it for your tits.
Nothing personal.
 
2013-04-02 12:54:05 PM  

loveblondieo: Nobody made you have a thousand friends on there.


Its a generational thing.  My twenty-something friends have 500+ "friends" on Facebook.  My forty-something friends have maybe a hundred on average.  I keep it below 100 myself but I have no qualms about ignoring friend requests.  Even those from my own family.
 
2013-04-02 12:54:40 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: So glad I never got involved in that site.

/braces for the inevitable "Oh, you think you're better than everyone else, do you?"


Oh, you think you're better than everyone else, do you?
 
2013-04-02 12:55:42 PM  
I'm still to make a account and I'm sure I did not miss anything
 
2013-04-02 12:56:33 PM  

IsNoGood: I'm still to make a account and I'm sure I did not miss anything


Oh, you think you're better than everyone else, do you?

\on a roll
 
2013-04-02 12:56:50 PM  

RedPhoenix122: I'd rather just use Google +.  I don't get any popups, ads, political controversy, or even a single conversation.


ISWYDT.

I really did try to make the transition to G+, but it's a freaking ghost town.

Facebook is the dive bar where everyone I know hangs out. Sure, the place sucks balls, but that's not the reason I'm there.
 
2013-04-02 12:57:00 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: So glad I never got involved in that site.

/braces for the inevitable "Oh, you think you're better than everyone else, do you?"


So what? They'd be right. Social networking is a waste of time and a complete brain-drain. It's roughly the equivalent of how watching TV is stereotyped: sure, there might be a few things you have to be specifically looking for to get something out of it, but otherwise it's just wasting your time.
 
2013-04-02 12:57:42 PM  
I trolled the living shiat out of my retarded arse cousin on there last night
 
2013-04-02 12:58:32 PM  

TomD9938: Maybe they've taken up a spot next to a lake somewhere, contemplating their place in the universe.


Nah, they are too busy trying to take that "perfect picture" of the lake so everybody else can know exactly what they are feeling right now and sharing it with their friends making sure that everybody knows that they are contemplating their place in life.

To actually just do it and not let anybody know...that is just crazy talk!
 
2013-04-02 12:59:24 PM  
That's silly, because if somebody keeps posting stuff you don't like, you can adjust the settings so that their updates don't appear in your news feed.   I have several people who  post crap all the time.   I didn't want to unfriend them, so this is a great alternative.  I never see them unless I go directly to their page.  Problem solved.
 
2013-04-02 01:00:11 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-02 01:00:15 PM  
nope never got around to it and found that I did not need it

do Piss me off that a lot of times now you need account to enter some lucky draw or free gifts
 
2013-04-02 01:00:16 PM  

dj_spanmaster: \on a roll


Oh, you think you're better than everyone else, do you?
 
2013-04-02 01:00:21 PM  
You know with Notscript, Adblock+, Unbaby.me, and Social Fixer; Facebook is a very usable site, I get the basic news feed, all the instashiat photos go on their own tab, you tube videos go on another, I'm able to have all baby pictures transformed into pictures of models, and all Daily Fail links are automatically removed from my sight.

These teens are just doing it wrong.


How to Make Facebook Infinitely Better with One Browser Extension
 
2013-04-02 01:01:01 PM  
I guess if they didn't have the confidence to ever decline a friend request, it shouldn't be a surprise that they're not confident enough to actually *quit*.
 
2013-04-02 01:01:06 PM  
Too bad that teen-exorcism strategy doesn't work with X-Box Live.
 
2013-04-02 01:01:19 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: As someone said upthread, no one held a gun to their little hands and made them friend 10,000 people they have no idea who they are.

My FB has 41 'friends'.  All family, or real friends, that I actually talk to and see regularly.  It's an easy place for the niece and nephews* to post pics of the kids instead of emailing to 20 different people.

Meh, let them leave, I never really knew they were there.  :)

*my nieces and nephews are all in their mid-late 30's


This right here.
 
2013-04-02 01:01:25 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Rev. Skarekroe: LordZorch: And the adults are getting pretty bored with idiots posting politics, religion, and pictures of food all the time.  But at least the bratty kids are gone.

[209.160.24.31 image 720x714]

GODDAMMIT I LEFT FACEBOOK TO IGNORE THIS CRAP PLEASE NOT HERE


This is Fark. We handle things a little differently here. Good kids are moving off it. Bad because now there's less stuff to point and laugh at.

csb/ one of my college courses I took recently was supposedly 3rd/4th year English. One kid made a research paper based on how people convey information differently, from one social media to the other, styles, mannerisms....what not. And gotdamn it if during the peer-reviewing he didn't write it from the POV of some kid texting his friends. Creative actually. He thought by using some "frame of reference" and write as poorly as most kids do online, he could circumvent the more strict style and grammar guidelines that were clearly laid out 3 months prior.

The instructor was amused, then tore it to shreds.
 
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