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  •  Never saw the appeal of Facebook (6+ / 0-)

    You sound an awful lot like me: MS in CompSci, 20-year career working with computers.  I never saw the appeal of Facebook.  To me, joining such a thing just seemed like work.  I'd have to check my feed every day, not because I wanted to, but because if I didn't, it would pile up.  That's pretty much how I feel about email.  (People who need to get in touch with me have learned to send texts.)  Why would I willingly sign up for something like that if I didn't have to?

    I was told about various people I used to know that I'd be able to reconnect with on Facebook, but the way I see it, I lost contact with those folks for a reason.  It would be interesting briefly and then it would get awkward.

    The biggest reason that social media in general doesn't appeal to me is that I'm a very private person.  I don't like to share, especially not to a general audience of the internet.  Hell, when I got married, I only told my closest co-workers.  The rest of the company only found out when they saw the ring.  The idea of posting random pictures from my life is utterly alien to me.

    I've always told myself that I'd join Facebook if I had to, if one or more people whom I needed to communicate with were on the site and that was the only way for me to do it.  Thankfully, that day has never come.


    •  I would invite you to join (1+ / 0-)
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      my anti-social-media site,, but I have strict membership requirements.  I'm the only one allowed to join.  It's great though.  No updates to check, no pics to like, and best of all, no ads.  

      "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese proverb

      by VALuddite on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 03:47:24 PM PST

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    •  I joined Facebook (0+ / 0-)

      mostly for the OpenID convenience. I have over 800 "friends" - and I look at my feed once or twice a week, when I'm bored. For the most part, Facebook exists in the background of my life. I ignore it, and, mostly, it ignores me.

      •  Oh, and... (0+ / 0-)

        I just checked, it's 650, not 800, and almost none of those are astroturf... almost all of them are people I've connected with outside FB. I teach, and I do let students and residents connect with me (networking is seldom bad), so that's years and years of that. Plus all the nurses and other doctors, plus college and high school and family connections...

        (I did have ~300 astroturf connections through an iPhone game I was playing, but I quit the game and deleted all those "friends" last week.)

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