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Registered: 08-01-2004
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 3:11pm

Today we seen to have an endless amount of social sites from Myspace, Facebook to Twitter. Myspace seemed to to the launching pad for other social sites like Facebook and Twitter, but each one is a little or a lot different than the other of course.

Like many new things all these do have warnings such as not sharing pictures of yourself and your friends that could/can get you fired from your job, which in the end could be a blessing, to telling way to much info about the tiff you had with your ex/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/friend and so on.

In times of when the phone lines are either down or jammed during horrific events such as when Hurrican Sandy hit the east coast, these sites are good to let your loved ones know you're okay and/or what happend and so forth.

All sites have well over a million users and to a certain extent should be used wisely for not only to save from embaressing yourself, but also for your protection from internet bullies to beyond creepy people with the wrong motives. 

So my question is what do you think of these and do you use any of them?

Has anyone jined Pinterest? If so, what do you think of it?

Just some info:

Myspace was launched in August 2003

Facebook was launched in February 2004

Twitter was launched or hatched in March 2006

Pinterest was launched in March 2010

PS. Feel free to start a hot topics thread on something in the media, to what's going on in your life and you just simply want a second opinion or a few.

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 6:10pm

I use social media sites for business networking only.  It hasn't created a huge boost in customers yet, but then I'm still learning how it all works.  It has helped me find resources to help me grow my business, find networking groups, and stay on the "cutting edge" so to speak.  Because the hot new thing in business is to become more personal with ones customer base I share limited aspects of my personality such as food, travel, books, volunteering, and fitness.  I don't "check in" or "track" my whereabouts, I don't post pictures of myself, I don't provide details about family/friends/dating, I don't play any of those stupid games on there, and I don't spend every spare minute logged in and posting nonsense.  I establish set tasks to assist my business, designate a fixed about of time to work on them, and then log off when done.

I have no desire to create a profile for my personal life, connect with people I may have known 20 years ago, or pretend that the world cares about the mundane details of my life.  I will say that social media has definitely cost me some friendships over the last few years and I find that really disappointing.  I used to have close friends and we regularly kept in touch via phone and in person visits.  Then all of a sudden they get a profile on some site and they can't be bothered to call me or see me, its "just check whatever page to find out whats going on with me".....umm seriously?  How is that fostering a solid friendship that existed offline?  Attempts to make new friends are often hindered by the fact that invitations to special events, get togethers, and last minute hang outs are all arranged on these sites and if you aren't on there then the attitude is that you're not worth being friends with.  Call me old fashioned, but I refuse to log into a website to find out how my real life friend is doing or ask them to hang out with me. 

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Registered: 08-01-2004
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 12:53am

I agree with you about everything in the second paragraph. While I am on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest, I think to a certain extent, its a waste of time, but I have a few family members and some friends on there I don't always get to see because they either live out of state or they have busy with baby no. 3.

It can seem very childish with some of the comments people make over even more petty things.

But I'm sorry your friends treated you like. Its always nice to see who your real friends are and how they treat others who don't follow them...


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Registered: 05-29-2012
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 2:18pm

I don't care for the mundane, the ads, the games, the bullying aspects of Facebook, but I quite enjoy being able to keep in touch with people I don't see often, as well as get back in touch with people I haven't seen in years.

Pinterest is a total time waster, and I am a little bit addicted to it.

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Registered: 08-01-2004
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 1:52am

I totally agree with you. I've deleted different ones just for the use of profanity alone.

Now Pinterest...its my weakness. I thought it was Facebook, but not any more. LOL!!!!