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Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:27 PM

The Facebook Resisters

From the NY Times Technology section



Tyson Balcomb quit Facebook after a chance encounter on an elevator. He found himself standing next to a woman he had never met — yet through Facebook he knew what her older brother looked like, that she was from a tiny island off the coast of Washington and that she had recently visited the Space Needle in Seattle.

“I knew all these things about her, but I’d never even talked to her,” said Mr. Balcomb, a pre-med student in Oregon who had some real-life friends in common with the woman. “At that point I thought, maybe this is a little unhealthy.”

As Facebook prepares for a much-anticipated public offering, the company is eager to show off its momentum by building on its huge membership: more than 800 million active users around the world, Facebook says, and roughly 200 million in the United States, or two-thirds of the population.

But the company is running into a roadblock in this country. Some people, even on the younger end of the age spectrum, just refuse to participate, including people who have given it a try.

One of Facebook’s main selling points is that it builds closer ties among friends and colleagues. But some who steer clear of the site say it can have the opposite effect of making them feel more, not less, alienated.



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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:41 PM

1. I have to wonder whether that PEW person is a shill for FB given her remark that peope who avoid it

don't trust people, clearly a negative connotation. I don't do social networking because I value my privacy.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 12:04 AM

2. Maybe. I had the same thought about the quote from the altimeter group...



“People may start to ask the question that, if you aren’t on social channels, why not? Are you hiding something?” she said. “The norms are shifting.”




Sounds like everybody better sign up for facebook I guess...

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 12:15 AM

3. FB: We promise, if you give up all your privacy forever, you'll be popular!

I really think there is a gene for moronic gullibility, and that American life has been selecting for it the last 30 yrs- or else our national diet of sugar and fat "triggers" it somehow.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 12:36 AM

4. I was on FB for awhile - then Obama was elected. then I started learning about

how racist and offensive some of my friends and family were through some of their posts and comments. And that was that - deleted everything and closed up shop.

Am a happier person NOT being on it, I've discovered....

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