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    ASHG2385 +1, very well written post
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
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    They say too much water or salt will kill you. I found FB kind of intriguing in the beginning, less so now. As some have said, very little info about me is on there profile wise. It can get tedious reading about someone else's indigestion or ingrown toenail, but theoretically at least you don't have to read about it if you do not wish to do so. A year or so ago I gave up my cell phone as it broke and VW stinks big time according to me and others evidently. That being said, a friend and his wife while traveling overseas loaned me an iphone - I was housesitting for them. It was nice to use for a time and the first time I accessed the web via tel. I still prefer my desktop. And one can still easily leave the phone in the car or another room, so it is like you don't have it. And the worry you get when you realize you don't have it on your person and what if someone is calling Uganda or wherever. Or the idea that you are essentially paying to carry around a tracking device. Note to criminals: if you are banging' or whatever leave your cellie at the crib. One fellow is on the hook for murder based on info pinged from his cell to towers at/near the crime scene. A good thing that, but you know. How long before your cell can tell the cops you were speeding or Your car already can to a point, at least after the fact with some of the sensors recording data. Come to think of it, and I am off track...at a drug store the other day, I saw home use home use based. drug testing kits!! So if you don't know if you are on drugs, get there soon!

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    I was cajoled into FB a few years ago by one of my sons.... who decided that we shouldn't be friends... at the time. Within a week of being there I was befriended by a guy I knew in grade school, with an invitation to join a group he created for our high school graduating class. That was like an instant 75 more friends. Between that and college and various churches and jobs, I have found a bunch more friends. FB is basically a cross-section of humanity. It has the best and worst of our species, not unlike TF. For the most part, I enjoy playing Scrabble, Words With Friends, commenting on other people's posts, and sharing cat / family / plant photos. It's as time consuming as one wants it to be. It's also as private or public as one wants it to be. In my opinion, the benefits outweigh the costs.

    Feel free to send me a friend request.

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    I would have to disagree with any time sucking. That is all up to the individual.
    I'm signed up to FB but usually only access / look at anything maybe 2 times a month....

    For friends hundreds of miles away, it can be an easy way to communicate with pictures and words....

    One other thing to say about FB is some people can be obnoxious; hiding behind a computer and sometimes are extremely strong in the beliefs.
    My wife visits FB regularly. During the election she stayed off for some time because of this....

    Here is a great post she made about it:
    "I would like to point out that those of you who hate my political choices & opinions simply b/c they differ then yours is part of what is wrong with America. Soldiers have fought so that I have the freedom to choose a political party & vote for the president that I feel serves me best. The fact that you (the spewers of hate) disgust me, & frankly, bring tears to my eyes. I am not wrong, & neither are you. They are opinions. We are all different. It's part of what America great."


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    I’ve been friended by odd people. One was an out of the blue request by a woman, with no message, that none of my friends knew. So I ignored her. Months later, at the lab job, I was casually discussing FB with a co-worker and she actually knew this woman – at least in cyberspace. Apparently, she’s this Pat Benatar groupee and if someone “likes” Pat Benatar, somehow she catches wind of it and sends a friend request. She is now my “friend”.

    I’ve also been friended by people who obviously carnivorous plant hobbyists, but I haven’t a clue as to they are otherwise. I think they’ve combed through the friend lists of others and send requests to me. At least I know where they’re coming from.

    One time I was friended by a guy who claimed to be a pastor from India. So I asked him how he found me. He asserted that he is my Christian brother. I asked him how he found me. He didn’t answer me. Ignore!
    Here are some of my oddest experiences on FB:

    There have been at least three 20-ish girls that have friended me, with no message, and when I checked out their profiles, all I can conclude is that their intentions were probably less than honorable. They seem to collect guys.

    Then there's 20-something female co-workers that are my friend for awhile but when they leave the company they defriend me. Some just quietly defriend me later on, without any discernible reason.

    There have also been a few women that have friended me and a bazillion others, whether they knew us or not. I believe that they are lonely women, based upon listing themselves as single and interested in men. One women friended just about everybody from our graduating class and it appears to be motivated by promoting her restaurant. She doesn’t answer messages. Another woman from school promotes her boss, who is a doctor.

    One guy friended me, claiming he’s seen my profile on TerraForums. He is listed as being from Portugal but I seriously doubt he’s really on the discussion forums. This was right after my Email account was hacked. So I’m just a bit suspicious.

    A Christian friend of mine defriended me recently. He appears to be gay, based upon his topics of discussion. I made one comment on top of his comment about being uncomfortable with some of the things the Bible espouses. He asked me to explain myself to him and I was told him of a CP hobbyist who is a lesbian and used to be a Christian, but now is anti-Christian. I apologized for hurting his feelings. Nevertheless, he defriended me.

    Then there's the guy who wrote me a message, stating that he would block me if I posted more than one song per day. I promptly posted 3. I should have done 10! I guess the guy never heard of, 'page down'.

    2 women unfriended me because I posted Youtube videos on their posts. It wasn't that I posted bad videos. It was because I just posted videos and they didn't like that. It would have been nice if they had told me that they didn't like that, instead of quietly ditching me without me knowing why. I had to message them and ask why.

    Lastly, if I had a dollar for every person who keeps me in "Facebook limbo", friending others instead of me...

    In conclusion, humans drive me nuts, no matter what venue, but like the expression goes, I'm not "throwing the baby out with the bathwater".

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    me no have um facebook, but can see its usefulness....

    tf and googletalk pretty much fill my need...
    back in the day we used tribal voice's "PowWow" (early chat room program that has spoke your text, pretty cool) and mplayer.

    now get off my lawn you kids

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    I dont see how someone can be a member of an on-line community like this (this very carnivorous plants forum) but then
    put down people for being on facebook..that is lame..because they are the same thing!

    At first I was "against" facebook too..didnt see any need for it..
    but my sister was using it, and suggested I join..so I did, just to check it out.
    now, I like it! I check in probably 2 or 3 times a week, for about 5 minutes at a time..
    FAR less of a waste of time than many other places on the internet!

    One thing I am really liking, is the community groups that form on facebook..based around different topics and areas of interest.
    (pretty much exactly the same as this forum)
    But they wouldnt exist if not for facebook..
    an example:

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/267491419933447/

    Its a discussion group for my hometown..Waverly NY and Sayre and Athens PA.
    (yes, one community in two states! it happens)
    That group is a blast..
    people post all kinds of cool things from the Valley, and I have been an active member of one
    particular discussion, (what to do with an old depertment store) which has led to strong
    community support for restoring an old town park..I made a webpage about it:

    http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/sco...ark/index.html

    That whole thing lives and breathes only because of Facebook..
    its a great format for groups like that..

    as for the "regular" facebook account, like anything else, you can get in as far,
    or as little, as you like..yes, there can be many "superficial" friends on facebook..
    but for me, they are mostly highschool friends that I wouldnt be friends with *at all*
    if not for Facebook..So we are superficial friends on facebook, or "not at all" friends if not for facebook..Sometimes its just interesting to see what people are up to..And for more "real" friends, its just another way to communicate..no different than email really, except its actually quite a bit more convenient! So, facebook has its place..Do with it what you like..or not.

    And Cthulhu, yeah, you are really out of line..you might want to tone it down..
    and the worst part is, you are talking about something you don't even use or understand..
    which makes you totally look like a clueless hypocrite..
    I dont care in the least about Pro football..bores me to tears, haven't watched a game on TV in my life..
    So should I go on a NFL discussion forum and tell all the guys there that I think they are wasting their time
    with football? and that they should "get a life"...yeah, they would respect that about as much as
    we are respecting your opinion right now..

    Its not a problem with the opinion "I dont care about facebook and I dont want to use it"..no problem with that at all.
    Its the way you belittle and insult the rest of us that do choose to use it..not cool.

    Scot

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    I can see the benefits to FB and I had an account/profile. Recently I deleted it and I feel great about it! A few family members were upset, understandably so, but now they can call me instead. The whole experience was very liberating!

    Also I would like to echo the dis-dain a few others have expressed for the "free" games. The barage of requests are rediculous and unnecessary, but more importantly to me, I have watched people close to me spend hundreds of dollars that they do not have on these "free" games. Somebody please burn down Farmville!
    Last edited by Keith; 11-26-2012 at 03:27 PM. Reason: and one more thing...
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