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smudgethis says

@Creattive I totally agree and I admit to being guilty of this and it’s another issue I am trying to wrap my head around. Can I leave Facebook but still continue using other ‘social networks’ such as forums and twitter without being a hypocrite?

Please like this comment and share with your friends. ;)

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Creattive says

My point is more, you are annoyed of people that act just like you.

Some might even think you want some extra attention for being better than the rest on facebook, that is why you leave, without noticing that you act just like the people you are annoyed of by doing so.

I’d say the problem is not with facebook or any other social media. You do not even have to read what other people are posting, so there is no really a need for quitting it altogether as it doesn’t bother you in any other way than that you willingly read what people are writing.

The fact that you tell us from your train-ride the other day gives me the impression that a facebook account or a blog or any other way of communicating via the web is the right thing for you.

And I don’t mean this bad in any way, almost all people do like to express theirselves, me too (as you see I come here in your thread and tell you my thought without being ever asked for).

But with all this in mind, the question remains what is wrong with facebook? You like to express yourself and post your thoughts once in a while. Maybe you do prefer the direct conversation in a forum like this rather than the commenting system on facebook.

You are complaining about people using the same communication channels you use to complain about them…

I just made the impression that people announcing to leave facebook because they don’t like the way people act on social medias are all lying to theirselves – and they prove this with their announcement.

You are not at all a grumpy old man, you are just like the youngsters who want to spread their message and get followers. Okay, you might be grumpy for not seeing that you are just the same :)

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smudgethis says

@Creattive your post is exactly why I enjoy posting in this forum and will continue to do so. It very often opens an intelligent debate with opinions on both sides with very valid opinions and intelligent insight.

Maybe I do like to express myself and start threads and post comments bla bla bla but I think it’s ok for me and others to dislike a certain platform. Facebook and twitter are essentially the same thing but the way they are used is very very different and for that reason I have chosen to stop using the one I don’t like.

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Creattive says

Maybe I do like to express myself and start threads and post comments bla bla bla but I think it’s ok for me and others to dislike a certain platform. Facebook and twitter are essentially the same thing but the way they are used is very very different and for that reason I have chosen to stop using the one I don’t like.

Of course that is okay, everyone can choose the platform he likes. I just questioned the reasons why you dislike a certain platform. What is it that you like about twitter more than about facebook?

Facebook offers a lot to annoy and enjoy, just as twitter. If I read every feed I would get pissed of twitter really fast, just like with facebook. But both platforms lets us decide who we want to follow, what we want to see etc.

Furthermore, I see the potential for a nonsense-use is much higher on twitter than on facebook, as it is made to just give your 2 cents on everything in 100 chars or less. The possibilities on twitter do not go beyond that, on facebook they do. Conversations on twitter are hard to read and to follow imo, there is no real chat etc. All things I prefer at facebook.

I am not active on twitter as I don’t like the restrictions it has (although I see that these are the things that may make it so special to some). If I want to post something or share with others, I don’t want to be restricted in the amount of characters I may use, or I want to be able to share a video with something more serious than a shortened-link, or even better, with an embedded player like on facebook.

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pezflash says

(...) Facebook and twitter are essentially the same thing but the way they are used is very very different and for that reason I have chosen to stop using the one I don’t like.

From Twitter (on several accounts, i don’t know who was the original author):

I prefer Twitter to facebook, talking to people you don’t know and will never meet, rather than people you have met and wished you hadn’t.

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smudgethis says

The answer to your ‘why is Facebook better or worse’ question is, to be honest… I don’t know.

This whole process of leaving Facebook, be it on temporary basis or permanently, is purely an experiment to see if I can live without it. I don’t know if twitter is better or just the same in another guise. @Creative you may very well be right, perhaps I’m the kind of person who needs it in my life, craves the attention of others and feeds off seeing the like counter on my opinion rise and rise. I would like to think that isn’t the case but I’m not naive enough to think that I may be wrong.

I’m not knocking it, and I’m definitely not knocking those who use it. That wasn’t the purpose of my original post. I was just keen to hear other people’s opinions and experiences.

As for my comment on the family of ‘facebookers’ on the train. I do believe that was a fair observation of what is in my opinion the worst social side effect of Facebook (and any social media). It isn’t the fact that people want to have their voice heard by the world, who doesn’t, it’s the fact that in that instance, the individuals sat around the table would rather communicate with a virtual device than their loved ones.

Maybe cutting off Facebook entirely from my life isn’t the perfect solution but I am curious to know if it’s possible and as mentioned before, I won’t know if I don’t try.

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Smartik says

I’ve deactivated my facebook account a few minutes ago. Bye bye Facebook. :evil:

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Creattive says

Maybe cutting off Facebook entirely from my life isn’t the perfect solution but I am curious to know if it’s possible and as mentioned before, I won’t know if I don’t try.

fair enough answer :)

I did leave facebook once, when I was still in school. Then, at university, I had to join it again, as everything was handled over facebook. Meetings with other students, learn groups, even some papers we needed for our studies were only available via facebook.

As I started my freelance career, I deleted my university account (with an anonymous name) and created my official page with my real name to show some of my works. I mainly use it for showing works I have done, and sometimes chat with a client. I do chat with old friends, too, though, so there is a private use.

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TasteTheEcstasy says

Nope. Social Media Marketing is one of my area’s of expertise. I have to stay up to date on new algorithm changes, trends, hashtags, etc. Facebook is the leading platform right now, and that would blindside me.

However, I don’t post much on my accounts.

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