1. Post #1
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    May 2007
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    Social networks are a great way to keep up with friends, but it seems that only four of you are aware that refusing to have a Facebook isn't actually cool, or just don't understand what each site does. I've taken the liberty of making you guys a list of social websites that people frequent, and why you should give them a look. These are all free, unless otherwise noted.

    If I forgot anything, or if you think you can contribute something, let me know.




    Facebook is the big one. Everyone is on Facebook. All of your friends, your Mom, even your Grandma is on Facebook. It's a great way to keep up with friends, and even meet new people (normally friends of friends, not complete strangers). This website is, ironically, aimed at people that go outside and meet lots of people. Adding online friends is not uncommon on Facebook, but really though, avoid adding people with anime profile pictures. Those kids are weird.

    If you're sitting here about to complain that you don't go outside and you don't need Facebook, you should know that lots of game companies (and other businesses as well) use Facebook to communicate with their customers, and there's all sorts of promotions. Gears of War 3 has an exclusive multiplayer character just for liking the Gears of War fan page. League of Legends did something similar with a character called "Tristana". Just having an account for these promotions is beneficial for gamers.

    http://www.facebook.com

    Also, you know how you keep forgetting your girlfriend's birthday? Yeah, she probably has it listed on Facebook. It also keeps track of when your relationship started. You're welcome.



    Welcome to the most obnoxious thing on the planet. Just kidding, it's actually a FANTASTIC tool for businesses to communicate with fans and customers, and share news relating to their products. Following game developers on Twitter (@Notch and @jeb_ being very popular) often can bring you news on games very early, often before official announcements. "Tweeting", which is sending messages on Twitter, to these developers is also a lot of fun, as everyone loves gets mail from people that make cool stuff.

    http://www.twitter.com

    Outside of businesses, Twitter doesn't really serve that much of a purpose, those people love to be clever on the site. If you want to be big on Twitter, be sure to use a lot of hashtags, which are keywords. They look like this: #swagg or #cheatingwhore. You can search for these hashtags on the website, so if you want to see what people think of something like #streetfighter, you could search for that hashtag on the website and find posts from people using the #streetfighter hashtag. Twitter is great on mobile phones for news on the go.

    Twitter is also free advertising. Many companies are investing time into Twitter, as social networking is a great, free way to advertise to a mass of people. They will literally share news FOR you. I mean, just look at @Notch.



    It's YouTube, fool. Upload videos, watch them online, you know how it works. There is a community here, but it's pretty awful. Still, it's worth having an account to save your favorite videos and communicate with your favorite filmmakers. YouTube got Justin Bieber (and others) popular, and brought them great success.

    http://www.youtube.com



    Take Facebook, remove most of it's users, and make it not Facebook, and you have Google+. It's not much right now, and it really needs to be open. For now, it's worth a look, but don't expect too much out of it. In it's defense, it sets itself apart with it's "circles" feature, which are friend groups. Want to type vulgar stuff as your status, but don't want family to see? Send it to only your friends. Want your co-workers to get an important message? Done.

    http://plus.google.com

    Still, it's relatively small, and it isn't worth migrating entirely quite yet. But it's still worth keeping an eye on, especially once the developer API is release.

    Here's the Google+ thread:
    http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1103260




    Time for something a little bit obscure. Foursquare is a game, in a way. You earn points for checking in at venues, or really anywhere. It's a purely mobile app, but you can link it to Facebook and Twitter. It's a great way to see what your friends are doing, update everyone on what you're up to, or even turn your daily routine into a competition as you compete for "Mayorships". Mayorships are essentially who checks in at a venue the most. Foursquare is becoming more and more popular, so it's not a bad time to check it out if you're looking for something new to do on your phone.

    http://foursquare.com/

    There are also specials, which are literally discounts at random places for just using Foursquare. Chilli's gives free appetizers, and FYE gives discounts on merchandise. I know there's a ton more specials, but getting a discount for opening your phone (which you probably do anyway) is pretty sweet. Some advice: Don't list your home in the public directory on Foursquare. People can creep on you.

    Foursquare is available on:
    -iPhone
    -BlackBerry
    -Android
    -palm
    -Ovi
    -And other obscure devices




    Last.fm is a great website for streaming and finding new music. It's web-based, so you can use it almost anywhere. Instead of typing about it, I'll just link you to the Facepunch thread, which can be found here:

    http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1099260

    For reference, you can set up Last.fm to "scrobble" or share what music you're listening to on the website. You can link it to most media players as well, so you can share your tastes, hastle-free!



    Most of you are already aware of Spotify. It's a free (or paid, if you like) music service that's supported by ads. It has friends list support, and can connect to Facebook. I have this listed because I believe it will become a lot more social as time goes on. If you're on Spotify and want to share some playlists, send me a PM! (I'd really like someone to make a good thread on Spotify, as well).

    http://www.spotify.com
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  2. Post #2
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    May 2007
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    I think most my friends (3 people) have facebook but no one uses it anymore.
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  3. Post #3
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    January 2007
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    My facebook just makes me feel bad, I don't know why I still have it
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  4. Post #4
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    May 2007
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    I think most my friends (3 people) have facebook but no one uses it anymore.
    Everyone around here uses it all the time. Most of 'em are addicted.

    My facebook just makes me feel bad, I don't know why I still have it
    Makes you feel bad?
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    March 2007
    168 Posts
    I'm listening to Spotify right now. It's like using grooveshark as a standalone program. A program that also plays the tracks on your hd, and has a suggest artist thing. And the fb thing.

    Only things I don't like about it are lots of tracks say they can't be played in the US, and the ads refuse to finish playing if you mute them. But I'm not paying for it so..

  6. Post #6
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    March 2007
    861 Posts
    Facebook is also great for organizing events, I don't know how many barbeques and parties I've organized with it.
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    June 2011
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    Facebook is going the way of myspace. Or rather My|___|.
    They keep adding these new gimmicky features that are half-assed and completely neglect all the older features. They keep redesigning the layout and changing shit too much and it's all around turning into a huge pile of shit.
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    May 2010
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    I prefer Google+
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    May 2007
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    I'm listening to Spotify right now. It's like using grooveshark as a standalone program. A program that also plays the tracks on your hd, and has a suggest artist thing. And the fb thing.

    Only things I don't like about it are lots of tracks say they can't be played in the US, and the ads refuse to finish playing if you mute them. But I'm not paying for it so..
    I'm not having any region issues... maybe it's because I'm on a UK invite?

  10. Post #10
    I asked Obama about Facepunch and all I got was molested by the Secret Service
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    December 2009
    4,144 Posts
    Twitter is pretty cool. I strongly agree with game companies using twitter to interact with their fans. The Magicka devs had a big Q&A session on twitter and it was really fun actually.
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    January 2007
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    Makes you feel bad?
    "ahahah look at all this cool shit i'm doing" - everyone

    I know it's a vastly exaggerated picture of things, but it's still not a good feeling
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    "ahahah look at all this cool shit i'm doing" - everyone

    I know it's a vastly exaggerated picture of things, but it's still not a good feeling
    If it bothers you, go out and find something to do.

    They really don't do a lot, it's just that there's a lot of people that do things once in a while, so it appears that EVERYONE is doing something. My Facebook makes me feel good, people on my friends list are always involved in shitstorms, so Facebook is always a laugh.
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  13. Post #13
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    July 2006
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    I like spotify, but I'm not a fan of how unreliable spotify free is. It's been two months since half of my main playlist got used up and they've still not become available yet, when they said themselves they reset a month after using up the 5 plays.

  14. Post #14
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    November 2007
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    Never got people who refused to get a facebook

    Not that they're too lazy to make one jus that they won't out of some fucked principle of "being above the norm"

    Which is hilarious because most everyone I've met who this applies to also has a neckbeard
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    If it bothers you, go out and find something to do.

    They really don't do a lot, it's just that there's a lot of people that do things once in a while, so it appears that EVERYONE is doing something. My Facebook makes me feel good, people on my friends list are always involved in shitstorms, so Facebook is always a laugh.
    I guess I really keep on it for just a few good people I like to keep in touch with

    oh look there's another person right now with a status just as ":)" I wonder what the fuck they're so happy about, think I'll ask them

    edit : "Just smiley Turnips haha :p xx"

    fair enough I guess
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    September 2008
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    I have Facebook, but I would be just as fine without it. In fact better as I wouldn't be raging at the silly status's people make about how hard their lives are.

  17. Post #17
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    Protocol7's Avatar
    June 2006
    25,950 Posts
    We had a discussion in Econ about how social networking is good.

    Consensus was basically, more interaction amongst people = more awareness and comfort in general. Some interesting stuff.

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    August 2008
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    I only go to facebook for the free itunes samplers.
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    April 2010
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    Oh Twitter. I use that one to stalk my girlfriend. (Well, I could always pretend she's my girlfriend at least.)
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    Dennab
    March 2007
    4,426 Posts
    You forgot to mention that the facebook website and all its apps are buggy as shit, whilst google+ which is still in development works perfectly and so do the mobile apps

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    February 2008
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    Never got people who refused to get a facebook

    Not that they're too lazy to make one jus that they won't out of some fucked principle of "being above the norm"

    Which is hilarious because most everyone I've met who this applies to also has a neckbeard
    I don't use Facebook because I don't have a use for it. There is no one I want to communicate with over a crappy messaging system like that, when I have an instant messaging system like steam, which works a lot better for chatting.
    I use Twitter just because it's useful. It has information on it about all kinds of stuff.
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  22. Post #22
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    October 2010
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    Nothing wrong with Facebook, it is just your dumb friends making it shit. I don't want to see face of Justin beiber everyday, so just block everyone and throw your pc out of your window
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    Dennab
    November 2007
    7,832 Posts
    i don't "get" people who refuse to have a facebook

    it's like they're trying to be original and stuff but they're just nerds who have no form of social networking

    it just ends up being an annoying lifestyle where you have these people who are like "LOL I DON'T USE FACEBOOK" every time someone brings it up and you really wish they'd just shut the fuck up and make an account
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    November 2007
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    Facebook is a great website. When I made my profile, not half an hour later I found people to which I haven't talked to in years.

    Although I think haven't quite figured out what we can and what we can't do with social networks. There's no Knigge for that, at least not a common accepted one.

  25. Post #25
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    May 2007
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    Almost every event i go to with any friends is organized on facebook. It's a great social tool. Anyone around here who doesn't use it complains that they never know what's going on because nobody invites them to anything
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    I have a facebook, I just never use it, because frankly, I don't have a reason to.

    Anti-social as this may seem, I actually like about 10 people on this rock, excluding family, and all of them can be contacted in ways that don't need me to be bombarded with their friend's bullshit.
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    June 2009
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    facebook is a horrible website in general because it has purposefully convoluted security, sells all your information, and has brought such a following in the entertainment industry that it has created a small cancer.

    The fact that you can get a character in GOW for liking a facebook page is pathetic. The fact that companies now link to their facebook pages instead of their websites is downright stupid. Companies like zynga who make popular (shitty) facebook games bring down the entire games industry, especially through reducing games to the point of stupidity that you get rewarded for not playing them.

    Sure it can be great for organizing events, but that's only because it's mass used, not because it's actually any good at doing one specific thing.
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    December 2009
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    I don't go onto facebook that much because everytime people I know update its usually something I don't care about. Like some inspirational quote or something about there day. I guess I just don't care about socialising for the sake of socialising

  29. Post #29
    Dennab
    November 2009
    1,465 Posts
    Not using facebook doesn't equal antisocial, "kinglah crab". Being that closed minded is bad for your health.
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    Dennab
    November 2007
    7,832 Posts
    Not using facebook doesn't equal antisocial, "kinglah crab". Being that closed minded is bad for your health.
    i'm not even that close minded "deweze" i just hate nerds that refuse to have social networking and be really annoying about it

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    January 2007
    7,169 Posts
    i'm not even that close minded "deweze" i just hate nerds that refuse to have social networking and be really annoying about it
    I agree that there are people who are like your description (and they're retarded, not liking something because it's popular is as stupid as following a bandwagon), but there are legitimate reasons to avoid facebook

  32. Post #32

    July 2010
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    Spotify premium is a godsend. All the music I want on my computer and on my iPhone, all without using bloatware itunes!

  33. Post #33
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    strayebyrd's Avatar
    July 2008
    7,758 Posts
    With Facebook I've gotten into a habit of liking every band page of a group or artist I genuinely like, now you have to click see more 5 times on my profile page to see all my liked music pages. the majority of my newsfeed is now music updates.

  34. Post #34
    exeanimator's Avatar
    July 2011
    146 Posts
    But what about Diaspora ? :c

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    I LIKE BIG DUCKS AND I CANNOT LIE, YOU OTHER QUACKS CAN'T DENY
    Wootman's Avatar
    December 2008
    13,391 Posts
    facebook is a horrible website in general because it has purposefully convoluted security, sells all your information, and has brought such a following in the entertainment industry that it has created a small cancer.

    The fact that you can get a character in GOW for liking a facebook page is pathetic. The fact that companies now link to their facebook pages instead of their websites is downright stupid. Companies like zynga who make popular (shitty) facebook games bring down the entire games industry, especially through reducing games to the point of stupidity that you get rewarded for not playing them.

    Sure it can be great for organizing events, but that's only because it's mass used, not because it's actually any good at doing one specific thing.
    Holy fuck! Some random guy knows that I like Toy Story 3 and The Beatles! I don't see why people use that against Facebook its not like they are going to find out anything important about you. Facebook games ain't bogging down the games industry either.
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    March 2011
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    I have a Facebook that I check daily, although sometimes I don't really know why. I rarely comment on things that people other than my best friends or family make, because if I do, people usually say something stupid and it feels like high school all over again.

    Last.FM is awesome, wouldn't really consider it much of a social network although I have learned about a great deal of bands from there.

  37. Post #37
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    Ninja Duck's Avatar
    July 2010
    12,001 Posts
    What's that social network type secret sharing website?

    I forget the name...

  38. Post #38
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    October 2007
    6,828 Posts
    I never thought of twitter as a social network, just update feeds.
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    April 2005
    4,841 Posts
    Holy fuck! Some random guy knows that I like Toy Story 3 and The Beatles! I don't see why people use that against Facebook its not like they are going to find out anything important about you. Facebook games ain't bogging down the games industry either.
    Call me dumb, but I don't understand what the big deal is about the whole 'selling your information'.

    I asked my friend and he just said that if I put my status as 'going to the pub', then people could track me and know where I am. I basically just said '...so?'

    Someone please explain why I'm wrong

    Edit:

    Rating me dumb isn't helping, if I'm dumb, tell me why I'm wrong so I stop being dumb...
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  40. Post #40
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    August 2006
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    Twitter is a great site to keep on top of the recent happenings in areas you're interested in. I have accounts just dedicated to follow a certain area, like web development. Suddenly I have a steady stream of interesting articles, inspiration, and resources in a neat place. Too many people look down on it because they can't find a good use for it.
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