I originally created my account for the games like scrabble. I can play against my friends and family. I also communicate with my daughters and one friend, but that pretty much sums it up.
Since I've switched over to the iPod touch, the FB games are available to apps. I do talk to one online friend I met 10 years ago. We became the best of friends and FB messaging is our only way of communicating.
My husband disabled/deleted his account yesterday. He wasn't really into the whole Facebook deal and got rid of it. He was getting private emails from females which I wasn't too thrilled. I don't mind he has female acquaintances, but when it comes to frequent communication and her passing on her cell number, I wasn't happy. He never took down her number either. I know this because we share a cell phone.
Our Facebook accounts are always open to each other. My husband can read my conversations at any given time. I'm up front and honest with him. I don't think he realized that this other woman was crossing the line. He is telling her there is no more communications between the both of them outside of the swim team. I might sound harsh, but our rules are no frequent friendships of the opposite sex. We agreed to this 12 years ago.
Yes, I use it. My H uses it. Our family is spread out and it's a great way for the grandparents and aunts, uncles to be able to share the kids growing up since no one ever gets together anymore really, for one reason or another.
I don't communicate with everyone on my friend list, a lot of them are from HS, or college, or former co-workers, or present co-workers or family.
For instance, I have reconnected with almost all of my cousins through FB... And the last time we communicated before FB was probably when I was in my teens or earlier - The whole family had a falling out and it seemed no one ever kept in touch. This way, I can see their babies or just see what they are up to.
H - no, he deactivated his profile years ago, but it still sits there, untouched, in cyberspace. He can't even log in to deactivate it again because he no longer has the email he used to create the FB page.
I too communicate with family members on FB. That's mostly what I use it for. Recently, I reconnected with some cousins and an aunt, from whom I'd been estranged for close to 2 decades. My father kept me from that side of the family for years, lying and telling me he'd lost touch; I found them on FB, reunited, even met up with them and we are planning a family reunion down east sometime this summer; for that I love it.
For the other associated drama, I can't stand it...
You know, I tried to enter a contest last week to win a trip to England, and when I clicked on the link it told me to log in to my Facebook account to enter. I don't like that AT ALL.
I don't have anything against anyone who likes Facebook and uses it, but it seems that more and more, people aren't being given a choice. Scary.
That's how I got suckered into signing up the first time. A friend sent me a party invite via FB and I stupidly signed up just to be able to rsvp.
FB immediately recommended some 'friends' that I might like. People I haven't talked to in YEARS. How did they even know I knew them? They knew because THEY had me in their contact list - I had long since deleted them from mine. It was crazy the friends they found for me.
After getting sick of newsfeeds from that one friend (I don't care where you went out to eat) I deactivated my account.
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Re: Do you use FaceBook?
I use facebook for a number of things. I really like it. It's just another form of communication. I'm sure the telephone got a number of dubious remarks when it was new, and many saw virtue in not using it. I don't care what Zuckerman thinks of me one way or the other - he's not why I would use it or not.
I got started when looking to reconnect with a few of my old friends from when I was military. I found one of them, and that led me to connect to a number of others. In reconnecting, I found who was still alive, who of my friends were not, who is disabled, etc. Later, I connected to family, colleagues, former colleagues, and friends I have scattered all over.
I don't play the games on facebook, but that's all a few of my friends do. I hate politics from any side, so there are a few friends I've had to put into groups so I don't see their status updates since all they seem to be able to do is political manipulation. I'm not going to let them spoil what I enjoy about facebook.
I'm not someone who worries that the GPS info in my photo may tell someone where I am in that photo in front of the Eiffel Tower, so I really like sharing photos with friends and family on facebook. It's also great because I get to see photos from people I may not even know if they tagged one of my facebook friends. I've certainly gathered a lot of good photos from my daughter's wedding this last weekend. My colleagues travel a lot, so I get to see a lot of their travel pictures.
I use Tripit, and have my settings there so that my travel iteneraries get posted automatically to facebook. My friends and I watch those, and if we see an interesting one, or one we've been to, we can give the quick shout out "Hey, while you're there, you should try ... " or "How did you draw that hole-in-the-wall?" It's a lot of fun. There are a few other things I do on facebook, but don't have space to detail here.
The suggested friends are interesting. I've found a lot of old high school friends when they started on facebook. I've also gotten some such as an old coach of my daughter's softball team that I've just said "I never really liked him much," and just didn't friend him. I'm very curious about the algorithm used to get the prospective matches, though, since about 80% of the time I know the person, and can't see how the connection was made. It would be interesting to learn a little more about that.
Activity on facebook is not so different from walking down the street. I do that freely, and don't worry who is watching. I talk to some people when I do that, even - I like to be friendly. There is some privacy by the obscurity of the crowd ... most people don't care what I'm doing and I don't care what they're doing - they're just there. On facebook, there are so many of us, and most people don't care what we're doing. I can set my preferences to see what I want to see, and I don't worry about the other stuff. It's very much non-threatening.
It's the most efficient method of sharing among friends and social groups that I've seen to date. I don't twitter because I don't currently have time, but I won't rule out the possibility of doing that in the future. For now, I facebook, and use forums like this for special interests.