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I did something that is somewhat of an aberration for me. I joined Facebook at a friends prompt.

Seriously. I usually avoid these sites. Fear of viruses, spyware, etc. usually keeps me away. I stick to making my videos on Youtube. But this time, I just said "Aww. What the heck."

Can anybody tell me what they know about these social sites? Pros, cons etc? I just need a little primer to make me wise.

I appreciate any help you can offer.
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If you are over 30, they are boring and pointless. Many people under 30 seem to find great rewards there. I have no idea why.

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I got my dad onto Facebook. He promptly found a ton of old college buddies he hadn't seen for years, and uses it to keep in touch with them. (Plus, he's gotten addicted to the Fish Wrangler game app.)
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What would be the advantage of staying in contact via Facebook as opposed to just regular e-mail?
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I've been on FB for a while.
Got back in touch with old friends who I haven't seen in many years and didn't know thier email addresses.
I don't accept all Friend Request.
There are some Applications I like to use.

It can be a bit addictive.
I find that the Café can get a bit redundant and FB is an alternative way to pass some time.
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I use Facebook. My name is MRD Friday.

I don't have any real reason to use it. Most of my students and family members are my "friends." But I don't mind that.

I don't share ANY really personal information on it. That's a "given" this day and age. I have put a couple of videos on it. Cards tricks.

I do like their Texas Hold 'Em application. I play it frequently. I started with $2,000 dollars at the beginning of the year, and now I have right around $1,081,000.

With a population of a little over 250,000,000, if Facebook were a nation, it would be the fifth largest nation in the world. That's interesting.
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Actually, Daff, I overstated my case a bit. I find facebook boring, but it has allowed me to make contact with people I had lost track of over the past 30 years or so. For me, that makes it worth having even if I only go on every couple of weeks.

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There was a thread on this some time ago.

I grew up in Taiwan. I went to an English speaking school where about half the kids had parents who were missionaries and the other half were military. I can only think of two other boys who went there for their entire primary school education.

One of those boys I found on Facebook just yesterday--it's been well over thirty years since I had contact with him. The day before I found a guy I went to high school with. It had been just under thirty years.

That's the point of Facebook for me. I play the silly games, of course, just for the heck of it. But the point is the nearly miraculous contact I've made with people I assumed I would never hear from again. THAT is way cool.
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There is a buddy of mine from when I was in the service. Man, I miss him. Running into him would be the blessing of my decade.
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If you were in the real service - NAVY, then check out this site;

http://www.hullnumber.com/

if not...then join the Navy, do your turn, get out then check it out!

Good luck Doug!
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Nope. Air Force was where I found myself.
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Oh...sorry to hear that. No wonder you can't find him...nobody knows where the Air Force really is...lol

But I bet if you check they might have some type of similar site?
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On 2009-02-15 12:09, daffydoug wrote:
I did something that is somewhat of an aberration for me. I joined Facebook at a friends prompt.

Seriously. I usually avoid these sites. Fear of viruses, spyware, etc. usually keeps me away. I stick to making my videos on Youtube. But this time, I just said "Aww. What the heck."



Same here! In fact, my introduction to Facebook started a mere 2-3 weeks ago (also at a friend's prompt) and now I have been contacted by 5 or 6 people from my distant past. I haven't decided yet if it's a good thing or a bad thing. The whole concept seems at times a bit silly and "teenish", but yet potentially useful.

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That's the word. "Teenish" Thanks!

Still I'm open to give it a shot.
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Actually, there was an article recently in Time, I think, saying that Facebook's growth was all in the over 40 crowd.

I'm on Facebook and when I joined, I definitely binged on it and wasted a lot of time. Now it's down to a very manageable amount of time per day (less than the Café, actually). I generally like it. I have a blog on another subject, and that blog has a couple of different communities on Facebook. I've also connected to a bunch of old friends going back as long as elementary school. These are people who reached out via Facebook and wouldn't have otherwise. One professional acquaintance of mine posted as his status that was DJ'ing in Paris that night. I didn't even know he was a DJ, and my wife happened to be in Paris so I emailed her, she emailed him, and she wound up introducing him to a whole new crowd of people he wouldn't know. I regularly get invited to events through Facebook that I'm interested in and wouldn't know about otherwise.

In short, it can be a timewaster, but it is as much or as little as you make it.

(There are also quite a few magicians on Facebook, including some who have their own groups.)
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Justin, don't pick on the Air Force guys, not everyone can pass the test to join the Navy.
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I've been on facebook & myspace for awhile. I have to tell you though, short of catching up with old high school or college friends, I don't see a point to it.

I update my status regularly on facebook and I'm not sure why. Does anybody actually care that 10 minutes ago I was eating dinner? Or 2 hours ago I was going grocery shopping?

He11 I don't even care if I do those things.

Then there's the report from last month that Myspace, working with the FBI removed over 90,000 profiles of users who were sexual predators.

Seriously? I'm not sure I understand the point of putting all that information out there about myself.

Maybe it's time to nix it?
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As I said, catching up with old college and high school friends is worth it for me. You mileage might vary.

But if you think about it, you are in full control of your status updates and any and all other information you choose to put there.

I'm not really worried about sexual predators. I wouldn't advise my son to have a Facebook account, however.
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Im friends with jeff, kyle, steve brooks, gwyd, agent.......

then again, Im also friends with Michael Ammar, McBride, and Michael palin
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