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written by Trad.a on Dec 11, 2007 09:57
I'm curious. Social networks (love them or hate them) are a part of our internet. The use of the net is usually summarized as either information or communication. Social networks are for both. Information on those connected to you (interests, hobbies, doings) and communication with 'em.

So are you guys jacked up to any of these nets? I, myself, have a profile on the big three. However, I only actively check my Facebook. Though it could be argued that these sites are a total waste of time... And I would agree... I find it interesting to see my friends of friends. And their friends and so on. Finally, I can visualize my personal social network (in real life). Of particular interest to me is the Facebook group 6 Degrees of Seperation. It was created recently and already a million and a half Facebookers have joined it. It's populararity is mostly due to the fact the group's creator encourages you to INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS. The idea of the group is to select a random member and through clicking through their friends and then their friends and so on, find a connection back to you. I'm finding it very addictive and suprisingly, not impossible. It usually takes me about half an hour to find the chain between a random anywhere in the world (usually the US) and me. This chain is usually about 8 people.

The group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8900080125
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on Dec 11, 2007 10:24
yo imma myspacer and yer i love that network thingy
who needs titles?
written by Pomelos on Dec 11, 2007 10:59
Social networks have been deemed l4m3 by prominent g33ks; we can't use them.
r'lyeh sweet r'lyeh
written by Neuzd on Dec 11, 2007 13:06
My last band's singer asked me to open a MySpace account some times ago (spring 2006, maybe...).
I did it, and also made another account for a band I was the singer of, in the mid 90's.

Few weeks later, I started getting annoyed of how peolpe didn't show any interest in other's pages (thing that I was doing, like listening to the songs of bands asking for our friendship), so as long as the band started to crumble, I decided that my experience there was nothing but useful.

So, I'm here to tell that way before the net started to openly criticizing the myspace copmmunity, I was already a proud unsubscriber.

For other services, I have always the same answer: why the hell should I have 10000 accounts around the net?
Just to feel I'm like all the others? Because I am NOT!

Time for a more deep thinking:
the problem by my point of view is that these social networking sites are killing individuality.
Inside a community everyone shares the same layout of the page and generally also the contents.
The customization of pages like in myspace is a joke (a bad one).
All pages have the weight of a DVD content. Animated gifs, literally thousands of photos...it looks like people with good taste haven't a myspace account (guess what?!!!)

I could go on talking about flickr or youtube, but I think you got my point.
I like that if a person wants to communicate he has to do it the way he wants, being able to chose words, sentences, pauses, speed, intonation of the voice and so on...
It's not just what I say, it's important also how I say it.
And I think I'm gonna say it MY way.

I hope that's clear, I know I'm confusing and confused when trying to express deep thoughts in english....
doing pushups
written by Megagun on Dec 11, 2007 16:11
Pomelos said:
Social networks have been deemed l4m3 by prominent g33ks; we can't use them.
Pomelos brings The Truth to us all once again!
krush kill 'n destroy
written by Geekofdeath on Dec 11, 2007 17:18
Megagun said:
Pomelos said:
Social networks have been deemed l4m3 by prominent g33ks; we can't use them.
Pomelos brings The Truth to us all once again!
I, too, officially declare that MySpace is t3h l4m3-zorz. Facebook is another matter.

I had a MySpace. But as time went on, I noticed a few things:

A) Friend requests invariably come from people who refuse to identify themselves after you have reached the 20 friends mark
B) Every single bulletin was one of three things; a chainletter, a "pc4pc!!" or a "im bored lol tlk 2 me plzzz"
C) People get mad if you don't put them in your top 8
D) Tom is not my friend
E) Quite nearly 99.9% of all MySpace users don't know diddly-squat about HTML, hence they have terrible backgrounds, cursors and EXTREMELY LOUD MUSIC THAT BLOWS YOUR EARS AND YOU CAN'T FIND THE GODFORSAKEN PAUSE BUTTON
F) All MySpace pages must be 200 physical papers long, and they all must take 5 minutes to scroll all the way down using the mouse wheel
G) Everyone's hero is themself
H) Reading, grammar and writing are all useless skills that nobody will use when they get a job (actually they may be right, mainly because they'll be likely my janitor anyways)
I) Nothing compares to how unreliable the servers of MySpace are
J) Nobody has any sort of conception of what "English" is. They talk like n00bs except without some of the 1337.

I deleted my MySpace, but only after they gave me no less than 3 confirmation screens (with as terrible grammar as the other people that use MySpace) before waiting two days, and they sending me a newsletter a month after that.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Dec 11, 2007 17:22
Geekofdeath said:
D) Tom is not my friend


But I don't have accounts on any of those sites...
who needs titles?
written by Pomelos on Dec 11, 2007 17:38
MySpace is t3h 3vil. The interface looks like it has been coded by people who are addicted to crack and weren't able to get some for two whole weeks, and subsequently cut their own hands with their teeth while being drunk and temporarily blind.

You can find some damn good music on it, though
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Dec 11, 2007 18:04
Neuzd said:
So, I'm here to tell that way before the net started to openly criticizing the myspace copmmunity, I was already a proud unsubscriber.
Start your post off with some elitism, awesome.


Neuzd said:
For other services, I have always the same answer: why the hell should I have 10000 accounts around the net?
Just to feel I'm like all the others? Because I am NOT!
Well, sometimes, some people like to join different communities and networks online because they find them interesting. You could even say that the specific collection of websites you are registered on makes up your online thumb print. My accounts at ABB, Ecogeek, Youtube, Facebook, gp32x.com, iChannel, etc etc etc say something about me as an individual, wouldn't you say?
Don't be so afraid to blend in. It's okay if you share some similarities with "everyone else". It doesn't make you a lesser person to like something a lot of other people like.

Neuzd said:
Inside a community everyone shares the same layout of the page and generally also the contents.
The customization of pages like in myspace is a joke (a bad one).
All pages have the weight of a DVD content. Animated gifs, literally thousands of photos...it looks like people with good taste haven't a myspace account (guess what?!!!)
So first you complain that sites like Myspace don't have any individuality to them, then you complain that people are individualizing their pages (excessively, I agree) to fit their personalities? That's awesome. I like where this is going.

Neuzd said:
I could go on talking about flickr or youtube, but I think you got my point.
No, please do. I would like you to explain to me how the standardised layout of Youtube channels (which you can customise to fit your needs, by the way) makes my videos less of a statement of me as a personality and more of a statement of how much like everyone else I am.
I'm free to do mostly whatever I want in my videos, the design of my channel is no hindrance to me. In fact, I feel that the standardised design of Youtube is a BOON, as it allows me to quickly figure out what I need about the person. It makes the relevant information easy to find. The problem with Myspace is that people have TOO MUCH freedom in how they set up their profile pages

Neuzd said:
I like that if a person wants to communicate he has to do it the way he wants, being able to chose words, sentences, pauses, speed, intonation of the voice and so on...
It's not just what I say, it's important also how I say it.
And I think I'm gonna say it MY way.
And you can't say it your way if you join a networking site? What? You can't chose sentences, pauses and speed in a video on Youtbe? What?

That avatar of yours... That's not something YOU made, is it? If it is, it looks WAY too much like an Oingo Boingo album (in fact, I'm pretty sure it IS an OB album, though I can't figure out which one, that's how much like one it is) to be a unique statement about who you are.

You need to get off your high horse of individuality and realise that the most important thing in the universe isn't to be completely unique... You know why? Because we all are.
r'lyeh sweet r'lyeh
written by Neuzd on Dec 11, 2007 18:22
Well.
I think you quoted my entire mesage but left out the part where I say I can get confuseing when writing in english.

I don't get the reason for you to answer my message point by point, as the matter of social networking is easy to find both enthusiasts and haters.

Since I like to add reasons to what I say, I thought it could make sense if I tried, at least

Now I think...no I don't want to say what I think. And the reason is that I feel you don't like me, and of course I can't care less.

My avatar isn't original. I rally suck at graphics.
But it comes from an image on wikipedia. It's a tarot card.
It depicts Death, harvesting, And yes you got it right, that's a statement to introduce myself to those who don't know me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:13-XIII-arcane_sans_nom.jpg

You got me in a real good mood today.....
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written by Zjc92 on Dec 11, 2007 18:41
A) Facebook sucks. The interface is cluttered and the whole thing is put together in the sloppiest fashion possible.

B)Myspace is horrible. The community is unfriendly and distasteful, and I'm not impressed with it's blogging/whatever else it has features.

C) Bebo? What the hell? O_o
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Dec 11, 2007 18:48
Language barriers or no, I feel your point came through quite clearly in your post. I just found your point to be really really pretentious and negative towards those of us who feel that individuality isn't compromised by joining a few networking/ video sites.

Yeah, I went through it point for point, because that felt like the most effective way of addressing the various points you make. If you feel my quotes misrepresent your post as a whole, that's a shame. I'm just calling it as I see it.

I like how instead of actually answering my post, you decided to complain about the fact that I discussed your post in detail. This is a discussion board. People discuss things. If I seem overly negative towards your post, it's just that I've seen so many "individualists" that it's not even funny. What IS hilarious about it is that you are so much alike so many people I've met that instead of "that guy" I think of you as "those guys" now.

I'd like to state, also, that I had no real feelings toward you before I read your post and that if you can actually and truthfully argue that I'm WRONG in my post, that opinion will only change to the degree of me seeing you as someone who proved me wrong, which is a bonus. Not that you care, of course.

Personally, I care about what people think of me. I'd like for people to think of me the way I am, be it an arsehole who makes unfounded accusations about people I don't know or a guy who sometimes goes a little too far out of his way to make his own point clear.
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written by Raptorjedi on Dec 11, 2007 20:24
I have a myspace account, but I only use it to stay in contact with the people I know who do use it.
hidden agenda
written by Trad.a on Dec 11, 2007 20:56
Here's my Facebook page if anybody is curious: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546921426

That profile picture was taken two years ago but meh. You'll find there are many inane applications on my page. I don't really use them as their novelty wears off after half a day.

I know it's very easy to get all elite when it comes to social network sites. I used to be. Hell, I used to be elitist about a lot of things, particularly to do with computers ("You use IE!?" "You've never heard of Linux!?!?"). Now I guess I've grown up a bit and just aim to.. have fun. Because fun rules.
krush kill 'n destroy
written by Geekofdeath on Dec 11, 2007 21:46
Tom said:
Geekofdeath said:
D) Tom is not my friend


But I don't have accounts on any of those sites...
I meant the Tom of MySpace. rofl

The egotistical kleptomaniac decided to be friends with everyone on MySpace.
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