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The Future of Social Networking

I think there are shifting paradigms at work and that people are increasingly deciding that keeping personal data personal is less valuable to them than networking (or having an e-posse of e-friends to prove their e-popularity). Of course the companies are taking that data and using it to target ads and other revenue generating activities. MySpace isn't a charity. It's a matter of "how much data am I willing to part with to pay for using this service?"

It depends on what it's for. Myself, I loathe MySpace. But even the luddites of my acquaintance have MySpace pages. Actually, they are significantly more likely to have MySpace than the non-luddites. Often it's the only form of online communication where they are regularly reachable. I find it strange to check MySpace more often than email, but some people do.


So what do you guys think?

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TL;DR [Wink]

Speaking as someone who maintains a not-insignificant Intarweb resource, I find it terribly sad that a lot of people do check their e-mail...to see if Facebook mail has come in for them! I can't speak for MySpace, as I know considerably less about it, and frankly don't want to know much about either. (OTOH, almost all of my friends use at least one of them. Instead, I'm the stick in the mud who sends (via e-mail) articles around citing the 'social networking attack of the week.' =P)

Today, my curiosity is kind of picqued by cuil.com; alas it doesn't seem to be handling the onslaught terribly well on day 1. :/

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
TL;DR [Wink]

I hope that [Wink] means you were kidding.

I think that we all use social networking aps to some extent, whether we actually like them or not.

Of course it's necessary to define social networking. I mean pretty much anything with a "friends" list from which you can wander through a network of personal connections, whether it's MySpace or FaceBook or LiveJournal.

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I use neither, and in fact see no reason to use either. I believe that these things can expose you to too much unwanted attention, say, when job hunting. Do you really want a potential employer to know that you and your e-friends like to have Twinkie eating contests every Friday?

I think the biggest problem is that these sites make it too easy to write things for the whole world to see, without privacy, that can, and many times are, embarrassing, and at worst will come back to haunt you later.

Call me a Luddite, or Outcast Genius, if you will. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by tweety:
I use neither, and in fact see no reason to use either. I believe that these things can expose you to too much unwanted attention, say, when job hunting. Do you really want a potential employer to know that you and your e-friends like to have Twinkie eating contests every Friday?

I have no interest i workig for a company that wouldn't hire me because because of my partiality to Twinkies.
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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
quote:
Originally posted by tweety:
I use neither, and in fact see no reason to use either. I believe that these things can expose you to too much unwanted attention, say, when job hunting. Do you really want a potential employer to know that you and your e-friends like to have Twinkie eating contests every Friday?

I have no interest i workig for a company that wouldn't hire me because because of my partiality to Twinkies.
I think "Twinkies" might be code for unsavory sexual acts.

But your point may still apply.

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
quote:
Originally posted by tweety:
I use neither, and in fact see no reason to use either. I believe that these things can expose you to too much unwanted attention, say, when job hunting. Do you really want a potential employer to know that you and your e-friends like to have Twinkie eating contests every Friday?

I have no interest i workig for a company that wouldn't hire me because because of my partiality to Twinkies.
I think "Twinkies" might be code for unsavory sexual acts.

But your point may still apply.

It does. Anything that doesn't directly affect my ability to do my job.
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Having left university not too long ago, and living in a different country from the vast majority of my friends, I do find Facebook a very useful tool at times. It allows me to aggregate information from a lot of different people in a convenient format, which saves me a lot of time and effort. I hate to admit it, but I can be lazy about keeping in touch with people. Using Facebook, I can find out what they're up to and let them know what I'm up to relatively quickly and easily, and there really is no excuse for not dashing off a quick wall post or photo comment from time to time, just to show you're still there, and you're still interested.

Having said that, though, I am very wary about the amount of information which can potentially get out using that system, which is why I have extremely high and stringent privacy settings. I think the key is not necessarily to avoid social networking sites altogether, but rather to make sure you know exactly what you're getting yourself into, and how to control what is found out about you - both by using the site's built-in features, and by just keeping your mouth shut when it comes to certain things [Razz]

Myspace, though, is naturally the root of all evil [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
Having said that, though, I am very wary about the amount of information which can potentially get out using that system, which is why I have extremely high and stringent privacy settings. I think the key is not necessarily to avoid social networking sites altogether, but rather to make sure you know exactly what you're getting yourself into, and how to control what is found out about you - both by using the site's built-in features, and by just keeping your mouth shut when it comes to certain things [Razz]

The crux of that issue, of course, is that there is no technical solution to human failing.

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
I hate to admit it, but I can be lazy about keeping in touch with people. Using Facebook, I can find out what they're up to and let them know what I'm up to relatively quickly and easily, and there really is no excuse for not dashing off a quick wall post or photo comment from time to time, just to show you're still there, and you're still interested.

I'm just the same. As much as I'm ashamed to admit it, it's amazing the difference in my relationship with old school friends between those who use facebook and those who don't, after only four years at university.

It may be a sign of this modern age that people don't have to put the effort in to keep in touch, but when I'm manically busy with uni/employment/VAS/sports stuff I don't have the time to write letters or make long phone calls. The same goes for my friends - everyone lives stupidly busy lives. Facebook then provides a very convinient interface for finding out all about each others' lives, and more importantly commenting on said lives to keep the interactions between equally business and distant friends going.

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Facebook has been wonderful for me, I've been able to know how my acquaintances are doing, even people I haven't met since Elementary. I still have a long way to squeeze the juice out f it.

On a downside, I can confirm it's a great tool for stalking, something that though I regret doing it at times it worries me that people simply don't care about their privacy and safety. Thinking about it, I could be a great security adviser.

MySpace is awful, it feels just like a dating service with ugly makeup.

About social networks in general, I have my doubts of them as a reliable business model, like leading a Bubble 2.0.

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
The crux of that issue, of course, is that there is no technical solution to human failing.

Sure there is. Starts with 'm' ends with 'urder'. [Big Grin]

Or, for those that like to go big, there's the one that starts with 'w' and ends in 'ar'. That one seems to have gotten quite technical as of late. [Razz]

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I don't know a single person with an IQ over 50 who has a myspace account.
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Facebook itself isn't a bad idea -- it's just that all the applications and viral thingies seemed to have been written by 12-year-old fucktards. And so many of my acquaintances come across as 12-year-old fucktards as well (when they're quite human when you speak to them in the flesh). Social Networking sites just seem to have this symptom of lobotomizing its users... I think they need to update the capchas to differential equations, or latin translations, or something... anything that requires evidence that the user can string two words together without drooling into their own lap.

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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
I don't know a single person with an IQ over 50 who has a myspace account.

I know two or three people who have such against who have very functional brains. The majority, though....are on par with Digg commenters. (I'm mixed on the site in general - I find some useful links, but the comments...*shudders*)

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quote:
Originally posted by Stibbons:
It may be a sign of this modern age that people don't have to put the effort in to keep in touch, but when I'm manically busy with uni/employment/VAS/sports stuff I don't have the time to write letters or make long phone calls. The same goes for my friends - everyone lives stupidly busy lives.

Ah, the cycle of technological advancement. The more crap we can cram into a day's work, the more work is expected of us. The more we try to do, the more technology we create to help us keep up with it all. The more time-saving technology we create, the more crap we can cram into a day... and then more is expected of us... so we create new tech to help keep up... In the end, we're no better off than where we started, in fact, we're worse off as we juggle more and more stuff in our daily lives and struggle more and more to keep up with all of it. No wonder everyone has ADHD.

The other side effect is the inverse proportionality of connectedness and true communication. The more connected we are, that is, the easier it is to contact someone, the less we actually communicate. Our terse but convenient contacts with others convey less information, less emotion, and less human quality with every step forward in the technological realm.

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quote:
Originally posted by tweety:
quote:
Originally posted by fs:
The crux of that issue, of course, is that there is no technical solution to human failing.

Sure there is. Starts with 'm' ends with 'urder'. [Big Grin]

Or, for those that like to go big, there's the one that starts with 'w' and ends in 'ar'. That one seems to have gotten quite technical as of late. [Razz]

wow, i was just going to say "unplug it, problem solved" but that really cuts to the heart of the matter. as it were.

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
Having left university not too long ago,

You've graduated already? Gawd, has it been that long? PM me with what's new, please?


Now that I realize how long it's been since I've been here, I promise to come back more often. I was telling someone the other day about my trip with jessycat in 2003 to meet up with hey-u, spungo, alan, littlefish and cheesygit, and I got all warm and fuzzy inside. [hearts]

I had forgotten what this place meant to me at the time, and the nostalgic mood brought me back here to check on what's going on. Kinda quiet these days...glad to see a lot of the old folks still posting, though!

[Wink]

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Since this topic was brought back up, I'll add this link...

Social networking is dead

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
... and I got all warm and fuzzy inside.

I had that feeling once... but then someone pulled the gerbil out.

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
... and I got all warm and fuzzy inside.

I had that feeling once... but then someone pulled the gerbil out.
[Applause]
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Oh, MY!!!!

I just had a visual [Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

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quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:
Oh, MY!!!!

I just had a visual [Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

Damn -- I knew I shouldn't have posted it on youtube. [Frown]

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I somehow knew you were going to do something with that sentence, but you've outdone yourself with that one, spungo! [Applause]

Good to see you haven't lost it. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
Good to see you haven't lost it. [Wink]

He keeps it on a little leash, for safety.

(don't ask how I know)

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