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Do you use Facebook? (Original Post) ColinC Oct 2021 OP
I don't use it for much, though TreasonousBastard Oct 2021 #1
Yes just for family and friends stuff, what it was originally intended for. OnDoutside Oct 2021 #2
Fuck Facebook and the Zuck it rode in on. Celerity Oct 2021 #3
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Oct 2021 #4
More as a lurker ybbor Oct 2021 #5
It's an excellent tool for that Rorey Oct 2021 #11
I found a high school drop out hippie type had turned super MAGAT LeftInTX Oct 2021 #36
I've been there four times this year Tracyjo Oct 2021 #6
Multiple times per day Blue_Adept Oct 2021 #7
My grandson spends hours every day on FB, hating every minute because beveeheart Oct 2021 #19
I don't use facebook NJCher Oct 2021 #8
for 12 years so far ShepKat Oct 2021 #9
It's where photos are posted Rorey Oct 2021 #10
Family, friends John Ludi Oct 2021 #12
No allnews Oct 2021 #13
HELL NO!!! blueinredohio Oct 2021 #14
Just to communicate with friends and relatives. Most doc03 Oct 2021 #15
Same. n/t DeeNice Oct 2021 #34
I use the marketplace feature since COVID hit but nothing else. Ford_Prefect Oct 2021 #16
It is a great tool to remember family members birthdays. NT cinematicdiversions Oct 2021 #17
Pretty much all day long. Big family. lamp_shade Oct 2021 #18
If you think you use Facebook, you have it backwards. lagomorph777 Oct 2021 #20
Just like the old 7-up ad used to say, rownesheck Oct 2021 #21
I couldnt choose because... jcgoldie Oct 2021 #22
I have tried to use Facebook without success sanatanadharma Oct 2021 #23
Yes. To generate business... ProudMNDemocrat Oct 2021 #24
I know right? LeftInTX Oct 2021 #37
I have many clients in Texas. ProudMNDemocrat Oct 2021 #49
Fourth option - very little with a dummied account with no followerers, no one followed, with ... marble falls Oct 2021 #25
FB has been a great for me personally and professionally SYFROYH Oct 2021 #26
I have an account that is only used when I need to access a post ecstatic Oct 2021 #27
We use it for messenger for family and friends. We go on it to send a message marie999 Oct 2021 #28
Interesting poll. However, what does it really show, and what does that mean? MineralMan Oct 2021 #29
Facebook is not the hill I'm going to die on. All social media can be problematic, period ismnotwasm Oct 2021 #41
Ah, TikTok...Isn't that the place where the only videos are of young women MineralMan Oct 2021 #44
Yes indeed we do ismnotwasm Oct 2021 #45
Brava! MineralMan Oct 2021 #48
Margin seems to be closing substantially ColinC Oct 2021 #43
Yes, but frogmarch Oct 2021 #30
No. My husband does, but he doesn't log in much. I do use Instagram mostly Wingus Dingus Oct 2021 #31
I quit it several years ago bif Oct 2021 #32
Not anymore. moondust Oct 2021 #33
Yes and so do all the Democrats, including ones who are anti-facebook LeftInTX Oct 2021 #35
Yes. Mostly for non-political reasons. Tommy Carcetti Oct 2021 #38
Yep...I'm fairly political on FB, but I keep it positive. LeftInTX Oct 2021 #39
I signed up for Facebook around 2017 Wednesdays Oct 2021 #40
I own an Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset. FB account is mandatory for setting it up. Tommymac Oct 2021 #42
I joined for the Anti-Facebook posts, maxsolomon Oct 2021 #46
Rarely....n/t bluecollar2 Oct 2021 #47
Family, Friends, Art, Crafts, Nature, Science, How-to's, History... electric_blue68 Oct 2021 #50

OnDoutside

(19,990 posts)
2. Yes just for family and friends stuff, what it was originally intended for.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 05:19 AM
Oct 2021

However I am hugely in favour of regulating the shit out of social media, especially Facebook the Great Satan.

Response to Celerity (Reply #3)

ybbor

(1,559 posts)
5. More as a lurker
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 06:15 AM
Oct 2021

I hadn’t used it in probably 6-7 years, but went looking for an old friend on Christmas Eve last year and have been “on” it since.

I have reconnected with a bunch of folks from a town I lived in for a long time.

I am amazed at how many people I grew up and went to school with are full-blown Trumpers and anti-vax, COVID deniers. I watch them with amazement and disgust.

Rarely post, but will comment from time to time. A lot like here.

LeftInTX

(25,880 posts)
36. I found a high school drop out hippie type had turned super MAGAT
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 12:46 PM
Oct 2021

He is now super anti-abortion, yet he certainly wasn't that way in high school.

But I did connect with a HS friend, and she hasn't changed a bit, so that's a good thing. She is still a proud former hippie..LOL
My family and I moved away a few years after I graduated and I lost contact with everyone. I am also in a HS class group. It's kinda fun to see how people have changed. Most former classmates leave politics off their pages. I have stuff on mine because of volunteer work I do for the Democratic Party. (However, I don't post negative memes about Trump etc..)

The HS drop out guy is not in the HS class group.

Tracyjo

(730 posts)
6. I've been there four times this year
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 06:22 AM
Oct 2021

to wish people a happy birthday. I don't find it much fun anymore.

beveeheart

(1,373 posts)
19. My grandson spends hours every day on FB, hating every minute because
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:19 AM
Oct 2021

he manages several business accounts such as yours.

ShepKat

(383 posts)
9. for 12 years so far
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 06:31 AM
Oct 2021

what's left of my family is on there along with close friends since junior high. They are the only ones who see what I post- and I am the only one who sees all the private stuff. If they are watching me... they are really bored. Apparently they want me to interact more since they show me posts from last april that one of my friends responded to - but alas... nope.

Rorey

(8,445 posts)
10. It's where photos are posted
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 06:42 AM
Oct 2021

Family members post photos and videos on FB, and there's no such thing as too many photos and videos of grandchildren. I hardly ever post anything. I just do "Likes" and "Loves".

I also often find more information on local news and events. I quit subscribing to my local newspaper a lot of years ago because of it's right wing slant, but I still like finding out what's going on in my community.

I've also used it to sort through prospective tenants when I've had a vacant rental.

I just checked, and see that I have a whopping 30 friends. I need to unfriend one of them because I found out quickly she was just looking for customers for her MLM business. Another has died, so I guess I could let her go now too.

John Ludi

(589 posts)
12. Family, friends
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 06:51 AM
Oct 2021

and music promo...and I share various environmental and political news with a select list of friends. It's been useful to continue friendships that may have faded away years ago...but it's an uneasy tradeoff as I view it as a cesspool of evil, for the most part.

doc03

(35,485 posts)
15. Just to communicate with friends and relatives. Most
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 07:25 AM
Oct 2021

polical stuff I see about Democrats. If someone shares any Trump bullshit I put the original author on ignore. What irritates me more than politcal ads are the assholes that have to make a remark about liberals on posts that have absolutely nothing to do with politics. I have never seen a Democrat do that. It could be a post about kittens and somehow they blame liberals for the price of cat food
or something.

Ford_Prefect

(7,947 posts)
16. I use the marketplace feature since COVID hit but nothing else.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 07:39 AM
Oct 2021

I live in a very rural area so it serves as a bulletin board and local market, adjunct to craigslist. I use a nom de internet rather than my own.

I have avoided the more common features for reasons that must be all too clear today. When Facebook began the inherent data insecurity and the obvious potential for manipulation and abuse (much as we have seen), along with the seemingly rampant narcissism made it impossible to consider as a tool. I worked in IT then.

I will say that in my experience many people use it for ordinary communication and do not favor its "news" or other feeds. Although I have no doubt their likes and interests are captured for the greater good of Zuckerberg Inc.

Facebook was constructed from the start to incorporate advertising and influence pedaling so the "revelations" of Mark Zuckerberg's many sins are no surprise nor should they be. He is not very different from Rupert Murdoch in monetizing the ability to manipulate public behavior and belief, and selling that function to a wealthy elite clientele. IMO Zuckerberg's social goals are not all that different from Lord Rupert despite his remarks to the contrary.

lagomorph777

(30,613 posts)
20. If you think you use Facebook, you have it backwards.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:29 AM
Oct 2021

Facebook is a tool; a screwdriver. You are the screw.

rownesheck

(2,343 posts)
21. Just like the old 7-up ad used to say,
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:31 AM
Oct 2021

"Never had it. Never will."

Although my wife has an account and it annoys me.

jcgoldie

(11,668 posts)
22. I couldnt choose because...
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:32 AM
Oct 2021

there was no option for "FUCK NO! thats why Donald Trump was president."

sanatanadharma

(3,768 posts)
23. I have tried to use Facebook without success
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:33 AM
Oct 2021

Occasionally I try to go to a business Facebook page because the business is advertising and I am interested.
However, because I do not have a Facebook account, I am denied access to the business page.

Even businesses are FU'ed by Facebook. These businesses can't grow when they focus on the few.

ProudMNDemocrat

(16,959 posts)
24. Yes. To generate business...
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:36 AM
Oct 2021

For what I do for a living, keep in touch with friends, event happenings, costuming and interest groups I keep in touch with, learn from.

Like any platform, to be used wisely. The clients I have generated via FB keep coming back to me as they post photos of what I have done for them, sending referrals to me as well. The best form of advertising is word of mouth and photos.

LeftInTX

(25,880 posts)
37. I know right?
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 12:52 PM
Oct 2021

It's great for small business.

I have a friend who is very involved with ren fairs. She doesn't sell, but she has costumes made. She tags the business.

ProudMNDemocrat

(16,959 posts)
49. I have many clients in Texas.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 07:15 PM
Oct 2021

With TRF set to start, I am sure many vendors have FB Business pages as well.

marble falls

(57,790 posts)
25. Fourth option - very little with a dummied account with no followerers, no one followed, with ...
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:43 AM
Oct 2021

fake name, fake photo, fake bio and a good FB containment program - Badger, recommended by Mozilla.

It's the only way to see photos of two of my grandchildren from a daughter who otherwise is pretty damn smart.

SYFROYH

(34,186 posts)
26. FB has been a great for me personally and professionally
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 09:45 AM
Oct 2021

I know there are problems with how FB does business, but its not been a problem for me.

I never saw the Russian ads (as far as I could tell), I only have a few Trumper friends and I hardly ever see their weirdness, I don't get into FB arguments, and my FB friends don't argue with me. I don't feel depressed when I see other people looking and feeling great.

I've learn a lot about my friends' lives. I'm better friends with some of my high school classmates now than I was 35 years ago. I love seeing my friends' kids grow up through pictures and videos. I like showing off about my kid.

I donate to a wider variety of causes because of Facebook.

Half of my FB friends are work-related people from across the country and we discuss issues the way one did back when we met up at the watercooler or poked our heads into offices as we strolled the hallways.

I could go on, but FB has been a massive plus for my life.

ecstatic

(32,823 posts)
27. I have an account that is only used when I need to access a post
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 10:02 AM
Oct 2021

Not very often. I lost all interest in Facebook years ago.

I think Congress needs to focus on Facebook's lack of oversight with regard to fake news and anti-democratic / hate groups and move on from the teens and self-esteem topic. The bottom line is that the self-esteem issue is not unique to Facebook/Instagram, it's a problem with socializing on the Internet in general. I've been reading studies regarding that years before Facebook was around. Adults and parents need to regulate themselves and/or their children. Hopefully modern day health textbooks include a segment on the Internet and digit well-being. Educational curriculum setters need to stay ahead of the game and keep current on the issues affecting people.

 

marie999

(3,334 posts)
28. We use it for messenger for family and friends. We go on it to send a message
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 10:12 AM
Oct 2021

or if our cell phones ding that we have a message that's it. No other use for it.

MineralMan

(146,364 posts)
29. Interesting poll. However, what does it really show, and what does that mean?
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 10:22 AM
Oct 2021

Well so far, it shows that only a minority of DUers use Facebook. That's the case for most groups in the US. Facebook does not attract a majority of any group, I'm sure.

So, are those who choose to use that social media venue supposed to STFU, because more people are not users?

Most people do not drive Chevrolet vehicles. Does that mean that Chevrolet vehicles are a bad choice? Certainly not. People have preferences and do as they please.

Such polls only confirm that a sizable minority uses Facebook, while a sizable majority does not. That's information, but not very useful information, really.

ismnotwasm

(42,034 posts)
41. Facebook is not the hill I'm going to die on. All social media can be problematic, period
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 01:19 PM
Oct 2021

I’m trying to limit my eyerolling though and be nice.

I’ve gotten really into TikTok lately though. Personally I just make videos of my dog, but I try to manipulate the algorithm so I get what I like. It’s fun to experiment with. I follow a lot of black creators, feminists, GBLTQ+, animals, especially rescue organizations. I even follow a sheep shearer. I generally limit commenting, but I learn a lot and have fun as well.

MineralMan

(146,364 posts)
44. Ah, TikTok...Isn't that the place where the only videos are of young women
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 03:06 PM
Oct 2021

dancing and demonstrating their shuffle?

The reality is that there is a very broad range of creators making TikTok videos. It's a challenge to create and produce an effective video with public appeal and impact with such a short time length and limited to a narrow portrait-mode image that is designed to be viewed only on smart phones. There is a huge amount of talent on display there, if you look a little for it.

Or you can just watch young women dance and young men make fools of themselves. Like all social media, what you view is your choice, isn't it?

We're seeing a lot of criticism from people who have never even explored what they are criticizing. That's obvious.

ismnotwasm

(42,034 posts)
45. Yes indeed we do
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 04:16 PM
Oct 2021

One of my granddaughters has an account with a “black lives matter” profile picture. She’s 10.

ColinC

(8,360 posts)
43. Margin seems to be closing substantially
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 01:37 PM
Oct 2021

I was enlightened recently through DU of just how important the platform is to a lot of people who rely on it and how it has become such a crucial part of their lives in a positive way. Because of this, I am convinced it should be regulated -possibly as a utility, especially if it can help prevent a lot of the serious issues we've been seeing with it.

frogmarch

(12,162 posts)
30. Yes, but
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 10:31 AM
Oct 2021

no political stuff, mostly kitty & puppy videos and photos and funnies my friends and family (I unfriended the republicans) post.

Wingus Dingus

(8,059 posts)
31. No. My husband does, but he doesn't log in much. I do use Instagram mostly
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 10:41 AM
Oct 2021

to see pics of my granddaughter.

moondust

(20,040 posts)
33. Not anymore.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 12:17 PM
Oct 2021

Never felt comfortable posting on Internet under real name due to dangers of possible profiling by governments/businesses/wackos/whomever seeking profits/coercion/revenge/whatever. Gave it up after a short time.

Tommy Carcetti

(43,235 posts)
38. Yes. Mostly for non-political reasons.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 12:52 PM
Oct 2021

Keeping touch with friends and family, commenting on things like sports, movies, TV and other fun stuff.

I will on occasion touch on news and politics, but I keep it at a minimum. I don't really feel like being the guy clogging up his apolitical friends timeline with political posts ever 5 minutes. So only when something is really important do I comment on it. Or I'll comment on someone else's post.

It's the only social media where I use my own name.

I don't use my real name here and I don't use my real name on Twitter.

Facebook has a highly preferable format to me over Twitter.

Everything has its time and place for me, and that includes Facebook.

LeftInTX

(25,880 posts)
39. Yep...I'm fairly political on FB, but I keep it positive.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 01:05 PM
Oct 2021

Don't have a problem, with the exception of one college friend who is a Trumper. I shared a post by my husband's niece, who is a graduate nurse and working with Covid patients. She is Hispanic. Trumper friend made a nasty comment about the border and Covid. I hid her remark. I rarely see her posts anymore since I hid her comment.

My brother in law is also a MAGAT, but not very active on FB. He had the nerve to crawl out of FB oblivion and make a comment on one of my FB posts. I hid his comment.

Wednesdays

(17,524 posts)
40. I signed up for Facebook around 2017
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 01:14 PM
Oct 2021

I regularly posted memes and comics, occasionally political stuff, but little else until around two years ago when I stopped. Since then I've pretty much signed on only to wish friends happy birthday.

So, am I a user?

Tommymac

(7,263 posts)
42. I own an Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset. FB account is mandatory for setting it up.
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 01:20 PM
Oct 2021

Facebook bought Oculus a while ago. Zuckerfck made it so that you must have a FB account to register and use it.

No getting around it. You don't have to connect while playing, unless you want to compete against other players. I really only use it to watch movies, so no biggie - I don't use the public rooms or play many interactive games.

But still...Z is a totally contemptible greedy self centered waste of protoplasm asshole. And he was like that b4 he got rich, from all I have read. Just like TFG.






electric_blue68

(15,053 posts)
50. Family, Friends, Art, Crafts, Nature, Science, How-to's, History...
Thu Oct 7, 2021, 07:31 PM
Oct 2021

Photography, some liberal & progressive politics, and more

I started in?2017

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