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Facebook or Twitter?

Posted Thursday, August 13, 2009, at 7:47 PM

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I have been getting on Facebook lately to find friends and people I used to know.

It is a really neat tool, but also if you do not have your settings set to privacy, anyone can access your information.

I have learned some interesting things being on Facebook.

1. I can keep in touch with friends almost in a real-time setting.

2. I can share or not share as much as I want.

3. It's a great place to re-unite with some old friends.

Now I have a friend that went through the hippie era and she said No WAY to Facebook. Too intrusive, too much information.

I can agree with that too. But for the casual venting and fun with friends I like it.

Some things to Do or Don't do:

Use your real name. I found out that there are alot of Lesa Cox's out there. Yep spelled my weird way too. Of course I was crushed thinking I was individual and wanted to change my name right off.

Use a real photo of you. No boob shots needed.

Look at the photos of those who send you requests, find out if they are genuine. Set your photos to privacy settings so only friends can access them.

Be tolerant if you get a request from someone you don't know. You are not the only one on the planet with your name.. See my earlier Gripe session...

Use the Facebook privacy setting to limit who can see what or how much.

Now:

Don't leave the Facebook privacy setting just like they are: set them for friends only.

Do not post where and whom you'll be with at such and such time...Cyber stalkers are real.

Don't use Facebook to bully, harass, spread rumors, challenge fights or otherwise incite violence. Facebook is a social utility, not an anti-social utility. Hummmmm this needs to be remembered for the Times-Gazzette readers/posters also. Some people can be so mean!

The same things go for Twitter.com

Twitter is a short posting tool that can give up to the minute information for anyone who wants to follow you.

Amazingly I have 200 people following my cats.... and their daily "thoughts", whodathunk?

So enjoy these tools but be wary of posting too much.

So do you Twitter or Facebook??


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I have a hard time keeping up with all the e-mails I get but I tried Facebook and found some classmates and a good friend from 20 years ago.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 7:58 PM

I'm on both. I'm amazed at how many of my friends from high school are on facebook. I mostly use twitter to follow other people, I don't really post on there.

-- Posted by cfrich on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 11:27 PM

"Don't use Facebook to bully, harass, spread rumors, challenge fights or otherwise incite violence. Facebook is a social utility, not an anti-social utility. Hummmmm this needs to be remembered for the Times-Gazzette also."

Please remind t-g writer Mary Reeves of this. She apparently didn't like my status on my Facebook page about Obama-care and started an argument on MY Facebook page. I got several private emails that day telling me to cancel the newspaper! (I "borrow" it from parents).

I'd NEVER have done that! Esp. as a writer of a newspaper who needs to sell newspapers. Other than that, Facebook is great! I found my first best friend from 35 years ago and keep in touch with far-away family and friends. Its great for all ages.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 1:04 AM

Wow yeah people take things to extremes sometimes.. I have been blasted for being "frugal" IE: Cheap, but oh well huh, they are not paying my bills.

Oh and i needed to clarify.. some of the readers and people who resond to articles are just plain mean sometimes..

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 5:54 AM

Too much drama, I stay away from them all.

-- Posted by driedleaves on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:52 AM

I'm with you driedleaves. I'm not at all interested in digging up dried bones.

-- Posted by ridgeroamer on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 11:06 AM

Love Facebook, I may even need a 12 step program to get off of it! I have gotten in contact with schoolmates from YEARS past and it is a great way to stay in touch day to day and keep up with how everyone is doing and what is going on in thier lives.

-- Posted by titansfan on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 11:58 AM

Yes, some of the things in my past, I want to keep that way. I can see how it would benefit finding old school friends and such, but with all the other garbage milled into the mix, whats the point?

-- Posted by driedleaves on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 4:35 PM

Absolutely love facebook. I use it daily and have also enjoyed the benefits of catching up with people I haven't seen in years.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Aug 16, 2009, at 12:11 PM

Love, love Facebook. You pick and choose your friends and content. I've gotten reconnected with a ton of friends, we're new to the area so old friends can keep up with us. New friends can see who we are and what we're about. I forget about Twitter, not sure if I'd want everyone to know what's really on my mind, Every moment of the day!

Love seeing all those ppl who thought we were crazy to have kids out of highschool....now mine are grown and they're 40ish with babies on hips...pulling their hair out. Life's funny and you can update it daily!!

-- Posted by Freedomof Speech on Sun, Aug 16, 2009, at 12:16 PM

I use Facebook some but dont see how people can get addicted to it and spend hours using it. I mean really . . . does the world really need to know that you are clipping your fingernails and that you feel happy? LOL!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 7:23 AM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.