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Old May 24 2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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How important is social networking for you?

I realize that people have different reasons for using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. While some may use them for work or business reasons, the vast majority of users most likely log in to networking sites as a means of personal communication. In essence, Facebook and other sites can be an extension of people's social lives.

I currently have two Facebook accounts: one primary that I initially signed up for many years ago, and one anonymous account that I recently created. My primary motivation for using FB: Boredom.

At first, I thought FB would be a great opportunity for me to reconnect with old friends, former classmates, and other acquaintances. As time went by, however, I came to realize that "reconnecting with people" wasn't all that important to me. Either I had very few things in common with them, or they made no effort to reach out to me and say, "Hey, how are you doin'?" Also, I thought, "If I didn't really care about or like this person then, why should I bother now?"

To some extent, I still use FB to share interests with current friends and family members, at least the ones who actually bother to read my posts or send me e-mails. Lately I've been deleting/blocking a lot of "inactive" friends (both past and present). Besides, many of my very good real-life friends and contacts aren't even into networking sites, but I love them just the same.

What say you? How vital are networking sites in your everyday life?
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Old May 24 2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

I'm on Twitter, but I don't really network my own life on it. I mainly use it to follow others, such as my favorite teams, my city police department, etc.
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Old May 24 2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

Honestly, it's important but it isn't. It has definitely come in handy over the years but I am trying not to focus completely on it. It is definitely nice to have but it is important to find the happy medium between social networking and focusing on yourself.
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Old May 24 2013, 06:49 PM   #4
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

I don't particularly care for the drama and the trivial stuff some folks complain about, though I admit I've done that occasionally. I also don't like self-centered posters and attention whores who have to announce every single thing they do, e.g., "Hey, look at me eating this ginormous cheesecake!" That's when I use the Unfollow or Unsubscribe option.

As far as posting my own updates, I put my contacts in different user groups so that I don't have to "broadcast" said updates to everyone on my list. That way, family pictures stay within the family and close friends, work rants are none of other people's business, and so forth.
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Old May 24 2013, 06:50 PM   #5
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

Not very. Facebook is interesting to just kinda follow people's lives without having to, you know, TALK to all of them. Just keep tabs on people and whatnot, and provide a little glimpse into your own goings on. I don't put a ton up there, though. No Twitter or any of the other services. Not going to pretend I'm spouting great wisdom, and not much interest in watching YOU try...
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Old May 24 2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

Not very, haven't visited facebook in months, don't use twitter etc..
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Old May 24 2013, 07:07 PM   #7
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I am a Facebook whore.
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Old May 24 2013, 07:36 PM   #8
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

I mainly use Facebook to share pictures on the family and check up on old buds. I only friend people I would actually want to talk to or visit so my list is rather small.
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Old May 24 2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

I don't use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other sort of social networking, and I won't. I just don't see the point. Anyone I want to keep in touch with, I already do - anyone else doesn't matter.
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Old May 24 2013, 07:54 PM   #10
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

Not at all. Everybody important to my life (who are still alive, at any rate) lives within 20 miles of me, and I can see them any time, so there's need for me to use these things, and even less interest.

That said, some of the aforementioned people use Facebook, and once in a while, I'll read something THEY post, but I won't use those sites myself.
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Old May 24 2013, 08:10 PM   #11
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

I eventually created a fake Facebook account when I needed one to log into a website. I do use Twitter a little bit, mostly for news, not following real life friends.
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Old May 24 2013, 08:14 PM   #12
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

I have a Facebook account that I hardly ever use, and I've never touched Twitter.

So not at all.
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Old May 24 2013, 08:50 PM   #13
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Re: How important is social networking for you?

I use Facebook to keep up with some out-of-town friends and relatives whom I wouldn't have much contact with otherwise. Also with a few people I've met online -- here, on another board, or on FB itself. By now I've unfriended all the old school friends. After the initial catch-up, we had nothing to say to each other. I also find FB pages to be a convenient way to keep up w/ local news and events.

So it's become much more important to me than I'd expected. During that almost two years that I was pretty much homebound, it was a real lifeline. Now I have to get out of the habit of spending so much time there and online in general!
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Old May 24 2013, 09:02 PM   #14
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Not very important.
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Old May 24 2013, 09:09 PM   #15
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Personally? 0. But a necessary evil to keep up with some family and the occasional bit of professional use.
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