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Could You Quit Facebook For 99 Days?
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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/14/2014 | 4:26:55 PM
Re: Oh, for goodness sakes...
@Joe, cyclical indeed. I joined Facebook in 2004 and since then have only had a handful of friends deactivate their accounts. Most recently, one of them posted a message announcing he was leaving Facebook for good following its latest mod experiment. As much as people complain when it makes changes, etc, a very, very small percentage actually leave. This example of a planned "exodus" isn't the first, and it won't be the last.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/14/2014 | 4:19:17 PM
Re: Group love
Just curious -- what personalized online experiences do you prefer to Facebook?
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/14/2014 | 4:18:28 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
That said, I'm probably an atypical user in that all the people on my FB are people I have first ineracted with in real life in some way. 

^^With all the concern about privacy, I hope (and imagine) that most people only friend people they know. I do wonder, though, why people friend people they don't know. What benefits does that have?
Susan_Nunziata
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7/14/2014 | 2:49:14 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
@Angelfuego: I didn't become a "superuser" of FB until 1. they improved the smartphone app and 2. I moved across the country, leaving behind many friends and family. FB became my way of keeping in touch with the people I care about across time zones and miles, and because the mobile app is now workable, I can connect anytime from anywhere.

That said, I'm probably an atypical user in that all the people on my FB are people I have first ineracted with in real life in some way.

If you look at the stats, FB is losing younger users even as it gains traction with folks my age. Hrm...
hho927
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hho927,
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7/14/2014 | 2:37:20 PM
99 days? I haven't used FB for the last 6 months
LOL

Didn't like FB back then, still don't like it now.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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7/14/2014 | 12:27:06 AM
Re: social networking
It's just all anti-Facebook hullaballoo.  Same ol' same ol'.  This happens every now and then, news-cycle-wise, whenever some privacy issue comes up with Facebook.

Companies like Google, meanwhile, pull far more egregious privacy-infiltrating stunts on their users, but they get away with it as media darlings.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/14/2014 | 12:25:09 AM
FB impact on "Happiness"
FWIW, I've found Facebook far less depressing and irritating once I discovered the "unfollow/unsubscribe" feature.  It's fantastic!  No more overinundation with stupid political posts or daily photoshoots of helicopter parents' kids!

Plus, I use "Most Recent" instead of the "Top Stories" filter, so it is unlikely that FB's study impacted me much.

I find Twitter and LinkedIn far more depressing and annoying than FB, actually.  FB is much more manageable in terms of what I see and what I don't have to see (as well as who can and can't see me).
Susan Fourtané
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7/13/2014 | 6:57:04 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
jastro, 

I don't know what you are taking about. :/ Maybe you have confused me with the person to whom I replied below? He is the one who hasn't used Facebook for a decade. 

-Susan
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jastroff,
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7/13/2014 | 6:45:03 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
Because you resisted the pull of Facebook!
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/13/2014 | 6:40:16 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
jastro, 

Why? 

-Susan
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