Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Facebook

It was with much pleasure that I dismantled my facebook account today.

I have felt for some time that I was not seeing much benefit from it, that its management concerned me, that younger peoples behavior on it was not too good.

With a recent murder of a young woman by someone she met on facebook, I am beginning to see more negatives than positives.

I wonder just how long I will keep blogging too, as the Google van drives past to take photos, and they ask if they can identify my location....


Perhaps the beginning of "Big Brother"? I wonder what your thoughts are on these "social" sites? Just how comfortable are you?

20 comments:

  1. I am seriously considering getting rid of Facebook too, though I know it will mean I won't see some peoples' photos any more. And I will miss playing lexulous with Lorenzo! But I am getting tired of trying to keep one step ahead of FB's ever increasing invasions of my privacy.

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  2. I agree Kiwi- its a subtle thing but I have really begun to notice it. I am even thinking of getting rid of my web site for my business. If people want to talk to me that can email or phone....

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  3. I've only just joined Facebook - it's great to reconnect, but hardly ever on it - a bit of a drag. Google has already got Shetland googlified - did last summer. As for blog - know what you mean - I'm out there now and nothing much I can do and I do love blogging. Hope you don't stop either. Big Brother already has all your information - I'm not sure what the answer is...

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  4. i still see the positives, altho am conscious of the not-so positives. to me, certain connections are still worth it... and, with that being said, i proceed with awareness.
    ~cheers, laura

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  5. good points! I also had a drama with a guy one of my duaghters met on facebook. Took ages to resolve it. So I find it has a tarnished record.

    I enjoy blogging as I see it as more of a diary

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  6. HI Simon
    Well I never did go down the Facebook path and don't think I ever will.. it's time consuming enough to keep up with blogging.. As I have never put my surname on my blog .. hopefully my private business will remain just so....

    I don't think I could stop blogging now.. and hope you don't either... You made me laugh.. I was trying to channel a Deano era in those images.. so glad it worked for you!!! hahaha xx Julie

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  7. Oh .. i forgot to say.. how sad and horrific to hear the tragic news of that teenagers murder....

    It is worrying how much our kids our exposed these days.. perhaps they always were.. but just more opportunity now!!! .

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  8. Hi Julie- I agree 100% with what you have done re facebook and blogging.

    As for Deano- you should you tube him..he is utterly "smashed" when he sings it!

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  9. Mine is all gone now too Simon... and the only regret I have is no more lexulous with Lorenzo!! The 'clincher' for me leaving, in addition to the privacy stuff, was the foul language that I was having to endure in the 'questions' section on my sidebar.... and I was unable to delete it...

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  10. Kiwi- good for you! that the point IMO!!!!!

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  11. Hahaha the Chinese spammer has visited you too. Annoying these ones cos they seem to get past the word verification and all. I have switched to moderation for the time being, just for his/her flummoxing!

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  12. yes- they make the blog look untidy!

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  13. ressco...don't know if you ever have followed their links..... but it seems they link to chinese versions of porn sites...

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  14. okeydokey..... have to be honest here.... have a fake alter ego with a brand spanking new gmail with no contacts in it, and thus I will be able to keep playing lexulous! And nobody else will find me!!!

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  15. Hi Kiwi- I haven't tried the links. I am too suspicious especially if the computer is used for banking...

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  16. I tried them a few times Simon. and now I just delete those kind of comments as soon as they appear.
    I guess I have a Mac so I wasn't too worried about the links from that point of view :-)

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  17. Hi Mate, I use Facebook to keep in touch with my former students, especially Maalie Courtiers. I don't spend as much time on it as I used to do and I have all my security settings set to 'maximum'.

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  18. I have no problems with FB but then I use it mostly to see what my friends around the world is up to and to keep in touch. I never put any photos, nor do I write anything too personal. I even use Twitter but very much less so nowadays as I find it too time consuming and people are pretty boring and self-promotional there which gets on my nerves.
    Don't stop blogging Simon, I'd miss you!

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  19. Hi Jim- yes I understand that it does have benefits. for me its not just those who can/cannot read it. Its more about giving information to facebook which is run by people I dont know.

    Hi Ilva- thanks! No I like blogging although I have had to turn on the comments moderation.

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