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  • Is social media a bit crap?
  • legend
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    *liked* & *shared*

    soobalias
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    more like

    *blocked* and *reported*

    brooess
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    I’m sure someone will come along soon to point out the irony of posting that on a social media forum

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    brooess wrote:

    I’m sure someone will come along soon to point out the irony of posting that on a social media forum

    No need now πŸ˜‰

    fasthaggis
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    Brooess has it πŸ™‚
    Some people are just a bit crazy at social media

    deadlydarcy
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    Someone got banned by mistake from here last week. It was all over Facebook within minutes. Some people…

    maxtorque
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    in 2013, being “seen to do the right thing” is approximately 398 times more important than actually doing the right thing!

    (hence the endless number of people “appalled” or “Shocked” or whatever when something happens to someone they had upto that point never heard of or had any interest in whatso ever)

    IanW
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    I recently closed my FB and twitter accounts, sold my smartphone and bought a basic Nokia. Still look, post on sites like this but generally reduced time in the digital world.

    Not sure but I think this was brought about by feeling the web taking more than it gives FB definitely but the web in general , there are so many companies using everything posted with keyword association software and all that, your really just providing insight help fine tune sales pitches.

    That and tbh I have no interest in what people I vaguely know are having for tea or pictures of their hols.

    nealglover
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    Facebook and Twitter can be brilliant or total crap.

    It all depends on who you choose to have in you “social media circle”

    Pick a load of dullards and you get a load of crap to read.

    Pick a load of interesting people and you get a load entertaining stuff.

    dabble
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    yeah, its what you make of it, I had a cull on facebook, got rid of all the crap and now just use it for keeping in touch with friends that are living away. No status updates from folk I met once at a friend of a friends party, and i’m not friends with people who are idiotic enough to post pictures of their food #nomnomnom πŸ˜‰

    Boba Fatt
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    The more I use social media, the more I don’t want to use it. Am I alone in feeling that the more it becomes relevant to day to day life, the less likely I am to take part?

    Started a blog today for some inexplicable reason, already hate it and have deleted it……weather was crap so it was that or, well, actually I don’t know what. But pissing about on WordPress did fuel my desire to get back out on the bike and enjoy fresh air.

    Twitters going mental at the moment, but it does seem a bit odd referring to bombs going off in Boston as “trending” – also all the celebs breaking their necks to get online to say “how hard they’re praying” before releasing their latest sex tape.

    This article about Facebook says it all

    It all just all seems a bit needy and boring and it’s only just started

    Duggan
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    I ditched my Facebook account about a year ago and haven’t missed it at all, though I’ve nothing against it and can see why some people like it.

    Twitter seems like a massive load of toss to me. I’ve no doubt that the guy above is correct in saying that if you follow interesting and witty people it’s probably OK but when you’re looking at it from afar in it’s entirety it often comes across as utter turd.

    Reading broadsheet newspaper articles that refer to the ‘twitterati’ or the ‘commenting classes’ with a straight face; or base whole pages of diatribe on somebody’s 3 sentence comment on twitter makes me slightly sad for the human race tbh.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    in 2013, being “seen to do the right thing” is approximately 398 times more important than actually doing the right thing!

    (hence the endless number of people “appalled” or “Shocked” or whatever when something happens to someone they had upto that point never heard of or had any interest in whatso ever)

    I find that both appalling and shocking.

    fasthaggis
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    For a lot of people the interweb just got too big,too fast and they get a bit confused. It can be amazing, but it’s not compulsory. Other things in life are available. πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Two things, Facebook in particular has be come post and repost if advertising or trite media filling up my phone that I’ve now failed to see the point of it (who cares if you support the motivation sayings if Benny the Panda) and secondly I have enough going in in my life to bother to have the time or interest to follow someone else’s.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    I’ve moved across the world, facebook helps me keep in touch with friends and family. It has also helped me get involved in more things and find more people to ride with. The trick is to get out and do it in between moaning.

    allthegear
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    That’s strange, I’m sure I just posted my twitter account, @rachel_norfolk on here..
    Edit – ah, sorry, two similar threads…

    Rachel

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    allthegear – Member
    That’s strange, I’m sure I just posted my twitter account, @rachel_norfolk on here..

    you did on the twitter thread?

    allthegear
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    Ah yes – it’s a bit early and slept badly!!

    eskay
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    I just don’t get Facebook. I had an account years ago for a few weeks but all of these people I did not want to speak with starting adding me as a friend so I shut the account down.

    My wife is a Facebook voyeour (watches but does not post) and some of the stuff people put on there is cringeworthy.

    It seems to be a platform for people to brag and show off.

    So proud of little jonny today…..

    I love my wife so much…..

    It is only posted in an attempt to make themselves look good and feel good about themselves.

    I guess I am part of the anti-social network.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    I just don’t get Facebook. I had an account years ago for a few weeks but all of these people I did not want to speak with starting adding me as a friend so I shut the account down.

    It must be nice to have friends like you πŸ™‚ It does depend on age and who many of your main circle of friends are active on it. I reckon it will have changed in the last few years as more of your friends may have joined.

    It seems to be a platform for people to brag and show off.

    So proud of little jonny today…..

    I love my wife so much…..

    It is only posted in an attempt to make themselves look good and feel good about themselves.

    I guess I am part of the anti-social network.

    Sounds like this place really…

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    It seems to be a platform for people to brag and show off.

    So proud of little jonny today…..

    I love my wife so much…..

    It is only posted in an attempt to make themselves look good and feel good about themselves.
    +1

    However I also have friends who have moved to far flung parts of the world so it’s nice to see what they are up to, plus some of their photos are amazing.

    There should be a banality setting on FB so it filters out the boring mundane/boasting crap and just shows you the really interesting stuff. You could probably design one based on how frequently people post (that would probably work very well on here too…)

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    As others have said,

    In social media, it’s the “social” bit that’s important, not the “media.” If you surround yourself with halfwits, you’ll only ever get messages from halfwits. If you feel like don’t “get” it, you probably either need better friends or better quality control.

    I’ve learned from Facebook, where I’d ‘friended’ anyone I’ve even met once (and sometimes not even that) with the net result that my timeline is probably 40% shite. On Twitter, I only follow people whose output I like to read. I think that’s one benefit of Twitter over Facebook, there’s no onus on you to mutually follow people; you can follow someone who doesn’t follow you and vice versa. Someone follows me and I look at their stream to see if a) they’re a spammer / bot (then they get blocked / reported) and b) whether they’re interesting enough to add to my stream.

    yunki
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    It is only posted in an attempt to make themselves look good and feel good about themselves.

    what evil is this!!!??

    people feeling good about themselves..!?
    I don’t like the sound of that at all!

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    people feeling good about themselves

    I am both shocked and appalled…..

    Klunk
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    IME most of my friends post only about the good things in their lives which can be very disconcerting especially if things aren’t going too well in your own.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    In the distant future, when cultural archeologists are studying our time, they will conclude that we worshipped a semi-mythical creature called the lolcat.

    Makes you wonder whether the ancient Egyptians were really just doing funny pictures of cats as well, eh?

    Premier Icon surroundedbyhills
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    My FB account was closed 2 years ago, the final straw was after having “culled” a load of folk I once worked with 10 years ago they resurfaced like some kind of Zombie asking to be “friends” again.
    I also destest how the proper media report stuff like “Following the comments from Dick Wad, MP for North Titdale, 30,000 people signed up to a FB page saying he was a knob/hero”

    I do use Twitter but mainly to find stuff out, I follow organisations/publications/bloggers etc rather than people as such I found it very useful last year when all the LA Dopestrong stuff was flying about. The problem I see with Twatter is that people get into trouble over stuff they say/promote and then the uninitiated think that it is a celeb promo platform (which it can be). I don’t follw Stephen Fry and recently “unfollowed” a load of Olympians as they had begun to use the feed as a sponsor outlet with no actual content as such.

    I also write a blog but treat it more as a diary of stuff i do and don’t update it much. I do think about reopening an FB account but only so as i can access some stuff like music etc but don’t really like the sell sell sell attitude of it, which most people are seemingly blind to.

    petergee
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    The answer to the original question is: Yes. It’s crap.
    However…I’m quite happy here in Singletrack world. I think that’s the secret…choose your forumns wisely as you would choose your friends. The problem with FB and twitter is you’re exposed to so much mindless rubbish that you would normally avoid like the plague. Trending…good grief!

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I mainly post pictures of our cats on FB, although I’ve spent the last week or so posting Vitriol about Thatcher, but after Wednesday, it’s back to cats…..

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    farcebook seems to be mostly political BS (2 radical far left communo-socialists, and 1 tea-party on my feed). At least they do provide a feature that lets you still appear to be friends (worryingly, they are genuine friends), but ignore anything they write.

    That, and all the “click like if you know someone who died from cancer”, cheese me off. – Err how about NO!

    edit: oh and games. I don’t give a cack about games so stop blimmin’ well sharing all those poxy apps with me.

    I unliked (that’s not even a word ffs) everything on fb. Anything I want to follow is on twitter. I also refuse to “friend” any one who is a relative or colleague (former or current).

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    At least they do provide a feature that lets you still appear to be friends (worryingly, they are genuine friends), but ignore anything they write.

    This feature is quite handy for people who are actually your friends, but who only seem to use FB to promote their lifestyle business. You know the type.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    in 2013, being “seen to do the right thing” is approximately 398 times more important than actually doing the right thing!

    It’s always been thus, probably even more so in the past actually. The only thing that’s changed is the medium – the social part never really changes.

    The big change of recent times is the voice that people can have. In years gone buy we were just peons, slaving away, knowing our local circle of people in our local town and never experiencing anything else – regardless of how much we wanted to see or do more, or how much we had to offer the world. Now, those who want to express themselves to the world can do so at the click of a mouse, and some of them are pretty interesting. Only some though πŸ™‚ Likewise I can read about life in the USA, Eastern Europe, Pakistan, or wherever, again just by clicking a few links. It’s pretty damn fantastic imo.

    I get updates about my extended family and distant friends along with political comment from several countries and interesting snippets of daily life. It’s cool.

    However you do need to stand off a bit. Don’t ‘like’ everything you actually like in real life, you’ll get endless marketing spam. Just don’t get sucked into the machine πŸ™‚

    Also, if you don’t like the advertising, make the window narrower, the ad column disappears.

    George Takei seems to have got the hang of it… https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei

    djglover
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    I used to find Facebook as many above describe. I had a few ’00 friends ranging from people I hadn’t seen since school to people I met in the pub once 3 years ago.

    I deleted the lot and started again. I now have 43 friends, I block updates from the people who spam about banal stuff. I am a member of 3 groups, 2 cycling and one running, and tend to use these more than anything else as they tend to act like mini generaly on topic forums. although there are a few frends I read their status updates as they are interesting / funny.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    kind of like the above. I’d rather not be in the groups, but they do come in handy… just ignore fb 99% of the time and set up email notification for the minimal amount of things to let you know there’s been some activity.

    TBH, i could probably purge a handful of friends that really ought to just be fellow group members.

    theflatboy
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    I deactivated my FB account a couple of weeks ago. Haven’t quite gone for the conclusive “deletion” yet, but definitely not regretting the decision so far. My life, as far as I can tell, has not been compromised by not reading the barrage of shit that FB provides.

    nealglover
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    My life, as far as I can tell, has not been compromised by not reading the barrage of shit that FB provides.[b] I asked Facebook to provide me with[/b]

    Facebook doesn’t chose what to show you.

    You ask it to show you stuff.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    FB on mobile seems to be 30% ads right now, but on a browser my feed is very clean and only shows stuff I’m interested in.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    You are stealing the bread from Mark Zuckerberg’s family’s mouths footflaps.

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