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Quit Facebook?

Posted in Facebook by headoflettuce on May 17, 2010

There have been several articles from people declaring their decision to quit and leave Facebook; One in my local paper the St.Pete Times Why I unfriended Facebook, By Arleen Spenceley, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, April 11, 2010
; Another article Why I Quit Facebook; and another By SAM GUSTIN Posted 1:25 PM 05/14/10 and an older one Reasons to Quit Facebook by Chad Mumm.

While each of these articles bring up some good points, it is important to consider all that one would be giving up by turning their nose up to what has become an incredibly powerful medium. Sure you can quote privacy as a reason to not get involved, but you might as well use that same quote for becoming agoraphobic. The fact is that with technology’s consistent growth and development the only way to maintain that privacy is to live off the grid, almost everything else is “public” record. Consider this when you are out and about, what you do is witnessed by the world, act accordingly. The other thought is that Facebook has no $ cost associated with it, all they have in information and access to you, you would be very naive to think they got in the business because they are humanitarians.

I do have to say that I like Chad Mumm’s list and do agree on some of them (see summary below) so I thought I would share, however I also know how to tweak my custom security and privacy settings, as you should all learn.

Summary of Chad Mumm’s article (I put my thoughts in )

* Friend requests from your needy ex or crazy uncle… (never had this problem, but there is an ignore button)

* Embarrassing/rude messages on your ‘wall’ (Check regularly and delete if a problem, tell your friends what you expect of them if they wish to stay on your friend list)

* Invitations to things we don’t want to go to… (Ignore)

* Chain-letter-style apps (Ignore)

* Pokes (Ignore)

* The latest redesign… (part of life, voice your concern and deal with it, Like commercials on cable TV, it is just one of those things)

* Gifts (Sadly I use to do these, I think it is part of the training wheels for new users, humor them then teach them better)

* Pseudo game apps like ‘Ninjas Vs. Zombies’; what are we, like, six-years old? (Ok I was a Mafia Wars fan for a few years, guilty pleasure yes, but don’t post this crap to your wall, it will get you ignored or kept off peoples news feeds)

* Quizzes (again ignore)

* Embarrassing pictures from our pasts (that we can’t remove) (If someone tags you in a Pict you are unhappy with, un-tag yourself and think twice next time you are at a party with cameras)

* “___ Likes This” feature on ‘Status Updates’ (Sorry Chad, I “like” this as it lets me know my audience is nodding in agreement, I don’t need to hear comments from everyone, but a nod is good)

* Stupid group requests (I agree with this, but at the same time understand it is just for fun, ignore)

* Stupid notes (I like notes, but understand some like junk e-mail are annoying, remove yourself from them)

* Facebook apps taking over our news feeds (Block them)

* Too many people, too much information… (Digital life)

summarized from the article
Reasons to Quit Facebook
BY CHAD MUMM — APR 16TH 2009 AT 1:59PM

My personal pet peeve, people who respond to all on a message that was sent to several people, it is like responding to all on a group e-mail, annoying.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Twitter; followers, following and numbers

Posted in Twitter by headoflettuce on May 7, 2010

This past week I attended the Tampa Social Media Club Luau Mixer which was held after a long day for those attending the Search & Social Spring Summit (#SSSS) event here in Tampa, I did not make the summit, but was excited to make the mixer. I had a great conversation with one of the Attendees, Kristina, which ensued after we traded Twitter id’s and she glanced at mine and saw the numbers of those I was following and those following me (a little more then half of those I follow, follow me back) We also discussed the number of people I follow being over 400, which was discussed as the magic number during the event. The argument is; how can I honestly follow 1000 people and give new people a chance to truly interact with me (and me with them), and I really did not have a good answer at the time, but I knew I had a reason. Well after some reflection I came up with this analogy that hopefully brings my reasoning to life.

When you choose to go to a Meetup or technology mixer, it would be foolish to believe that I could socialize and get to know everyone, however I do make some good connections with individuals that I will continue on Twitter, while at the same time noticing who else is there as I am sure others notice me (Being 6’4″ also helps with this). Well the more of these types of events I attend, the more I connect with others and bring them into my sphere. I guess you could say I do the same thing on Twitter. I follow anyone that I perceive as having the potential to add to my knowledge base, knowing full well that we may not interact with each other right away, but I look at my list of those I am following as “the Party”. eventually one of three things will happen; we interact with each other and connect, I decide that that person is not the peer I am looking to follow and I remove them, or they decide that they don’t wish to follow me (I always figure this is they just haven’t had that conversation with me yet, but they are potential knowledge). Personally I am happy with any one of those outcomes as it gives the organic nature to the information that I am exposed to and that I assimilate into my own thoughts.

I have learned that by using a platform like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, and taking advantage of Twitter lists I am able to set up information flows giving me the best chance of finding the information I am hoping to learn while exposing me to the conversations that I am hoping to take part in. I guess it’s my follow list and it’s my party, many are invited, but I am out to find how I can connect with those attending. No software or gimmick used in building my lists. What are your thoughts on these numbers?

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