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#31 Denis W.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 23:02

Tell me, what's easier:
a) Create a new event -> Invite everyone on friends list or everyone who's likely to be interested -> whoever wants to go RSVP's -> Fun
b) Individually call/text 25+ people to let them know something's about to go down


In practice, both are necessary. Facebook's useful to gauge initial interest in an event, but I find it almost necessary to chase down people via text or IM to get their real RSVPs (confirmed = "most likely will go but I might drop out at the last second," maybe = "nah, not really interested but might come if I'm bored," invited = "I don't know you, or definitely not going", and declined for people that **** you off :p)

Either way, I do notice a marked decline in activity on Facebook but I don't plan to abandon it anytime soon, even though it's generally littered with copies of my tweets. I do like how we've moved on from the crazy days of people's walls filled with two dozen apps - and app invite requests can be easily ignored.


... and finally, this is relevant to this thread
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#32 Azusa

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 23:06

I don't understand all the obsession with hating on it. People are using this convenient site to organize events and post statuses and pictures about their lives. The horror. :rolleyes:

Hating on FB is more of a fad than FB itself will ever be.


It's to make themselves feel better about the millions of hours they spend on reddit or in some MMO.

#33 Rippleman

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 23:38

Even if facebook dies, another site/tech will take its place.

Humans by nature are social creatures, and all facebook did was fullfill this need, by helping people connect with eachother.

Real life parties/get togethers >> Phone >> Online Chat Rooms >> Texting >> Myspace/Facebook - All based on being social.

this site has a couple things that have never changed... apple hate, facebook hate, and android love. They don't see beyond their walls of hate and you MUST like what they like or you're stupid.

It's to make themselves feel better about the millions of hours they spend on reddit or in some MMO.

and remember, its cool to hate Facebook now. All the cool kids are doing it.

#34 Anibal P

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 23:44

this site has a couple things that have never changed... apple hate, facebook hate, and android love. They don't see beyond their walls of hate and you MUST like what they like or you're stupid.


And yet the only hate I see in this thread is coming from you and your attitude

#35 Rippleman

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 23:46

And yet the only hate I see in this thread is coming from you and your attitude

? you just don't like me, but i am still correct. Were you offended? If so, you can cry if you want, but it won't change anything.

#36 syobon999

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 23:52

Even if facebook dies, another site/tech will take its place.

Humans by nature are social creatures, and all facebook did was fullfill this need, by helping people connect with eachother.

Real life parties/get togethers >> Phone >> Online Chat Rooms >> Texting >> Myspace/Facebook - All based on being social.


wrong, not really.
facebook is enormous and centralizes the 'online life' of common people.
when it falls i doubt another facebook will emerge, most probabily facebook-like activity will be chopped in dozens of other web2.0 websites... eg: reddit for funny cat images and instagram for food images

#37 greenwizard88

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 00:04

In other news it's also not cool to admit you're spending hours at a time on any social network or the crappy games on it :p

The problem facebook faces is that humans tend to follow the herd. If enough people say they don't use facebook, it doesn't matter if they do or not, people will stop simply because their friend said they stopped.

#38 Growled

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 00:17

I'm not on Facebook nearly as much as I use to be. None of my friends are either. Seems like texting is more of our thing now. I'm not sure what everyone else is doing.

#39 Joshie

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 00:24

People still prefix damn rhetorical questions that serve no purpose with "people still"?


That's nothing. Not only do I prefix rhetorical questions with "people still", I prefix "people still" with "It's <insert present year> and". Because I'm every douche on the internet.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:34

So what are people using then? I haven't noticed any droppage. If there's something else out there, do tell.
I don't actually do anything on Facebook, other than see what is going on with all the bands that I listen too. New CDs comin out, new vids, concerts comin up, etc. etc.
I use it as a tool to find everything I'm interested in, at one place. FB is great for that cuz it's what everyone is using. Musicians, companies, tech sites, etc. etc.
I definitely don't play games, in fact I got all that blocked out. And I use Skype for Facebook friend communication.


People are using facebook. The thing is when they report about these "mass drops" they forget to mention a few things. Firstly, they ones that drop, they don't actually leave facebook, they simply revert from using it as their diary of anything they do, to simply using FB as it was intended, keeping track of friends and old friends and sharing more important stuff with your close friends and family.

And for every person that "leaves", another 2 at least joins.For every person that ACTUALLY leaves, there's like 10 or 100 that joins.

FB isn't going to go away or die, it's simply going to turn into the de-facto standard communication, contacts, sharing and social hub, especially as more and more devices and services use it. Spotify, Netflix, PS4, Xbox Live.

As such, You might in the future see a separation of Facebook the site, and facebook the services and backend.

#41 Shiranui

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:38

I just use it to see what my relatives, who are spread all over the world, are up to, and to post the occasional silly comment.
Can't imagine spending much more than 10 minutes at a time on the site, though I leave it open in a tab in case anyone wants to message me.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:14

i use to to keep in contact with family over sea's and on the west coast but my facebook time has dwindled to about 2 times a week

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:57

I killed my account permanantly just over 6 months ago, and tbh its the best thing ive ever done.

Injecting ads and "posts you may like" into the android app (in my timeline) was the last straw for me. Im happily in a relationship (which was listed in FB) yet their "targetted ads" were all dating sites.........zuckerberg can pucker up and kiss my hairy scots ass ;)

#44 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:14

Wait, facebook still exists?
Wow it had a good run then

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:20

Im happily in a relationship (which was listed in FB) yet their "targetted ads" were all dating sites.........zuckerberg can pucker up and kiss my hairy scots ass ;)


Microsoft used to do that to me all the time with their Messenger adverts. I reported it loads of times, but nothing ever came of it.
I can only assume they were tracking my browser usage and saw how much porn I was looking at :woot: ...