Facebook... officially lame

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Guartho, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

    Apr 14, 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    That's probably the best way to handle it :techman:

    If my parents friended me on facebook, I'd look very carefully into the settings to find out how much I could hide from them. It's not that I hide things by nature, it's just a separate world as far as I'm concerned.
  2. Searider Falcon

    Searider Falcon Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 4, 2004
    Searider Falcon
    My 73 year old grandmother friended me on Facebook last month. I have to admit, I was mildly horrified...mostly because I had to tweak a couple things to make my page Grandma-friendly before I friended her back. For instance, I immediately removed "agnostic" from my religious views...my ambivelnt views on Christianity is an argum...errr, conversation I really would prefer to avoid ever having with her.

    I don't think she's visiting the site too often, though. Aside from a couple comments she received from a few other people right after she friended them, her page is mostly untouched and she never even finished completely filling out her profile.
  3. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

    Oct 31, 2004
    This is why I generally avoid popular social networking sites in general. I mean, who knows who's trying to track me down and kill me...? :eek:
  4. DeafPoet

    DeafPoet Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 7, 2005
    Edmonton, Alberta
    I'd quit Facebook (not that I use it much anyway) if my parents signed up. It'd be impossible to maintain a decent web of lies if that happened! :eek:
  5. Alpinemaps

    Alpinemaps Commodore Commodore

    Apr 11, 2001
    San Diego, California
    Mrs. Alpinemaps' aunt is on FB. Her aunt's teenage daughter, who just went off to college is also on FB.

    Now, aunt is the 'cool mom', always trying to be friends with her kids. But 18 year old cousin, college freshman, is posting about the parties she's going to, etc. And her friends are posting photos and details, too.

    I just wouldn't be comfortable reading about that stuff! No thanks!

    My sister's are on FB, and I'm not really that comfortable with them being friends with me. (Fortunately, I have LJ to complain about them, without them seeing it)
  6. Mr. B

    Mr. B Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 28, 2002
    New Orleans
    Facebook jumped the shark when the college email requirement was lifted. As for parents, I have mine blocked. My account is very tame and light on info but I am not dealing with that mess.
  7. Mallory

    Mallory Moderator In Memoriam

    Jul 17, 2002
    Oregon, USA
    I think it's pretty much the only way to handle it. At some point, as a parent, you have to realize that your kids are adults now and entitled to their own lives. Sure, you can still help out if asked or offer to help when they have problems but if you haven't raised them to function in society on their own by the time they're in their 20's you screwed up somewhere along the line.

    If either one of my daughters asked me to friend them, I'd consider it (not saying I would though) but I'm certainly not all butt hurt because they haven't. I raised them to be independent.
  8. Daneel

    Daneel Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 31, 2009
    The only relatives I have as friends on Facebook are my sister and cousins, which doesn't bother me at all. If my parents joined the network, I don't think I'd let them add me. I don't really have anything on my profile that I feel I'd need to hide, but they're my parents, not my friends, and I'd prefer to keep my family life and social life separate -- for the most part, anyway. I'm on pretty good terms with my parents, but I don't think they need to keep up to date on everything I decide to post on Facebook -- as others have said, that might be a bit too clingy.

    I don't think I have much to worry about, though -- my mom only figured out how to use e-mail a couple years ago, and she still hasn't completely mastered it yet. I doubt she's planning on joining Facebook anytime soon. :lol:
  9. Garrovick

    Garrovick Guest

    "Facebook... officially lame"

    Yep, the OP got it right. Facebook IS just plain out lame. Period.
  10. Guartho

    Guartho Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 28, 2003
    The thing is I let just about everyone else be my friend. My pastor is the one that invited mom... grrrr. My father works for me and my Mom comes in to to watch my daughter. I'm 26 and I see my parents every work day. I don't want them invading my virtual space!
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  11. Gertch

    Gertch Admiral

    Jan 4, 2004
    I friended my step-son (21 yo). Never knew what a trash mouth he is outside the home. Not like I can spank him though.
  12. Markas

    Markas Captain Captain

    Nov 3, 2008
    Firmly ensconsed in my red bucket
    I don't care who finds me there. If they don't like what they see, it's their own damned fault.
  13. sidious618

    sidious618 Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2005
    My mom tried to friend me. I told her no.
  14. Goji

    Goji Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 6, 2006
    On a related note, I have actually refused to tell some people my last name, because I know if they knew it they would find me on facebook and add me.

    I know it would probably be easier to just delete my account or something, but that would require actually logging into facebook and messing with it. I'd rather just continue ignoring it. :angel:
  15. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Admiral

    Apr 14, 2000
    QC, IL, USA
    My mom is too busy spying on her students' mySpace pages to bothering with Facebook.

    My mom has just recently tried to learn how to text message me, and that's even going too far.
  16. the_wildcard

    the_wildcard Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 17, 2004
    Bay Area, CA
    Time to cancel your Facebook account, ASAP lol
  17. archeryguy1701

    archeryguy1701 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 1, 2007
    Cheyenne, WY
    Besides my little sister, no one else in my family is on FB, and even the sister and I haven't friended each other. It was kind of funny though... this thread prompted me to search my parents, and while they aren't on, there is a couple in Georga with the same first and last names as my parents! :lol: Which was even more unlikely considering that my dad's last name was an "Ellis Island Special"!

    However, I am glad that FB is letting just any one on now. One of my adult running buddies out of a nearby town signed up recently, and since then we've become really good friends... we've been talking a lot more, and I've been getting a lot of help for my ultratraining.
  18. Ashu

    Ashu Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2006
    Watchin Dooty with Da Booty
    If you want, my pepere (grandpa) has facebook.
  19. Hermiod

    Hermiod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 16, 2006
    Just use the privacy option to hide yourself from searches. Oh wait, I forgot, it's hideously bugged and doesn't always work.
  20. Savage Dragon

    Savage Dragon Your Savage Overlord Moderator

    Apr 27, 2001
    Ottawa, ON
    Yeah, my Mother, Father and a bunch of Aunts and Uncles are on Facebook and I find it a great way to stay in touch since I am living overseas.

    I really don't see what the big deal is. I don't act any differently on facebook than I do in real life. From day one my philosophy was that I wouldn't post anything online that I wouldn't want my Mom to see.