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When sharing can get out of hand!

  • Jul 11, 2011
Is there anyone who is still not on Facebook by now? Yes! Many of my personal friends. Having said that, they are possibly the minority rather than the majority in the world now.

So, I'll keep this short and simple. My take on Facebook.
I had an account on it for many years but I hardly logged in. The main reason being I don't really know a great many who are on it and I was residing in China for the last 4 years, I was logged out of it. It's banned!

Now that we got over that, let's talk about Facebook, from my perspective:
  1. More than 1.3 billions Chinese are technically not on it,  unless one bypass the great firewall.
  2. It's too time-consuming and not much real/decent work can be done when you're on it!
  3. My few friends whom I got to know from are on it, hence, I'm on it just to keep in touch with them :)
  4. 2 great features - sharing of photos and videos (easier than any other sites! I was surprised I could just add Youtube links without having to copy the embed codes!). Not mine though, but I snooped around others' quite a bit, hehe...
  5. It's Facebook, one of the major social media sites. No one can afford not to be on it or at least have a working knowledge of it!

That's it... stay connected but stay out of it when you've got work to do!

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May 16, 2013
Nice take on this. I gave up on Facebook and just open it to see if I might be missing a friend or relative's birthday. Most of the things on there are people's location (I'm freezing on my train to work), some stupid web page I am supposed to like, or some stupid video that somebody saw. Time spent on it is usually "boring."
July 13, 2011
I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and we like to comment back and forth, but I use it mainly as a resource tool for my graphic designs on my blog; every post I make on both my blogs are automatically posted on Facebook; this has brought me many new digi-scrappers to the blogs which will prove especially useful when I open my online store in the future. Blog traffic has been great since Facebook, as well as Twitter, not to mention I have been able to be in contact with other designers I may have never known if not for Facebook. As far as playing games and using apps - I block those because I am not into that, although I do send a bear hug to special friends every once in a while LOL - one does need to be careful though and use in moderation and also be responsible and block spam or harmful applications.
July 13, 2011
Great comment. I disagreed with the reviewer that Facebook is fine but not very workable. I see nothing wrong with the Internet either as long as it remains a free market area. I would still like to see all the porn sites, hate sites and spambots shut down though. :)
July 13, 2011
Thank you Scotman and I agree with you completely; the porn and racist's sites are something we can definitely do without-it angers me terribly. I opened a FB for my daughter and she chats back and forth with all her friends and her brother and sister, but I keep a VERY close eye for any invitations and apps she may receive so I can block them. I agree with you too that FB is very workable -- we as people who like the Internet just need to be smart about it!! Thank you for your comment!!
July 11, 2011
China blocks a lot of content so that argument against it is not really valid. China blocks Western films, too. 

You list a lot of negatives on this when it actually is a useful tool. As with anything on the internet, use it with moderation. Hard for me to tell if you're for it or against it. Three stars is a positive rating.  Those were cute cartoons, but I am puzzled why Obama.  A politician would have to be pretty dumb not to have an internet presence. 
July 12, 2011
What gives you the idea that I'm against it? I simply say I wasn't logging in when I was in China. It's a hassle which I didn't bother to find a way to go around it. As it is, not many people I know or want to keep in touch with are on it.

A tool is only useful as the users make them to be. I'm not for it or against it until I have more useful need of it. For now, it's not proving too useful for me. Those people on Facebook whom I keep in touch with I have other means of keeping in touch with which is more efficient for me. Those I hope to find, well, unfortunately, I haven't found any of them :(

I do like many social media tools and I give them a try regardless. Unless they are a hassle to use, I normally don't give a bad rating. I've had great experiences from these tools so I'm more willing to give it a try for an extended period of time. As I said, it's not something I can't go without, for now.
July 12, 2011
OK, I understand better. I use email much more than Facebook, but I still find it useful, and others find it useful to shoot me a quick message. It has its problems but I know how to avoid spam, etc. I use the "search" feature in Facebook to find others. Sometimes it works.
July 11, 2011
Whatever may be definitely flawed about facebook, it is a useful tool at times
July 11, 2011
Oh, I agree. A tool is as good as its users make it to be! Considering the many people whose life is changed by it, I'd say it's useful to a lot of folks! :)
July 11, 2011
yeah, I can't really get into it. But I do like that I've met some new folks and reconnected with some of my friends. I've blocked three folks so far. Two old grilfriends and one stalker. :(
July 11, 2011
Stalker? Ha, I'm getting an entire new vocab where Facebook is concerned!
July 11, 2011
How about stalking my next review instead? ;-) Just for you!
July 11, 2011
Good perspectives on Facebook !
July 11, 2011
Thanks! :)
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