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    TINIERTINA   31,071
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Timeline caused me to become Inactive on Facebook ...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

But I am active on Diaspora.

I wonder if anyone is going to join me. I don't really care.

Timeline does not fulfill my purposes.

In this case, this old dog will not learn a new "trick" when it benefits the data-miners ... I am not a data-trend-point waiting to be penetrated by Big Marketing. Don't Want Any!

From this my blog, written over 2 years ago ...

"... my Homepage on Facebook, there is a friend feed from a very attractive little gal who has taught me yoga at the studio (guest yoga teacher) and she has short videos where she is lecturing yoga philosophy or with her waiflike friends ...

"There is a musician guy around my age, who lives in Bermuda or Bahamas ("come on, pretty mama" .. the Beach Boys' Kokomo) who by his very demographic nature is a one-man, no-cost substitute for a former membership on Spiritual Singles - assessing his profile, I'd just decided to friend him back one day; never met him, and doubt I ever will. Pretty much the only totally cyberspace friend I friended back on Facebook, because I just don't believe in such things there.

"On SS I'd gotten paltry results ... became a penpal with a Southern gal for a while ... then I had one household, family caretaking or work emergency after another, and could not devote the time ... resulted in not one single, solitary distance relationship nor any dates .. I am DONE with online kinds of matching at my age. Lest this sound too cold, impersonal and analytical, I do appreciate his musical talents, and I have written on his wall a coupla times. Spiritual Singles has become the indy/new age myspace for the over-40 and over-110 IQ set, I think. Serious New-Age Muscians' Marketplace !

"Well, he hasn't defriended me yet. And boy, if you were to go to my page, before all those videos, it had been practically ALL about this guy and a couple of my far flung relatives ... gotta love it .. although SparkPeople itself is gaining on all that ... but that's a Fan page, and not a Friend ...

"For the life of me, it will be a cold day in Hell before my very photogenic 67 year old sister gets her own Facebook page .. and she lives 2,000 miles away. Everybody else in my family who isn't locked up somewhere without an internet connection seems to have gotten on there lately. "

In effect: I Joined My Sister (but she's a Luddite; however, I digress...) ... I cannot delete my account, because family is still on there ...
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TINIERTINA 8/24/2012 11:52PM

    Before I go any further, I might add ... and it has been five days with no Facebook. It would not let me operate the interface without going to Timeline. So that's that.

Meanwhile (and some of this time is at my post-job-shift, lengthy commute both ways-job) I have a lot of RE-gained time that had been near-mindlessly frittered away pursuing Facebook. Not sure how those with 10 times the "Friends" I have do it; perhaps they access it on mobile devices strapped to their non-dominant arm, for all I know ...

At my job (a sit-down job with no cublicled-off privacy) without Facebook (I also have no audio - broken sound card or sound driver that is not budgeted to be fixed); thus I don't swap the 'book for the U-Tube, either, lol ... I now have time for non-exercise activity thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.s) at my desk* ... with my bad feet and compromised knee, the NEATs are actually Deskercises, please see my blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
ublic_journal_individual.asp?bl
og_id=4941360 I now have time to keep my workspace clean and (the other kind of) NEAT ... I have time to be caught up at my job ... I resent MUCH less the kvetchy "Help me out with my computer!" interruptions that I quite frequently get from my co-worker (not that I have anything against computerphobes - as a former cyberphobe - yes, there's a difference ... I'd appreciated computers but had considered myself high-touch and not high-tech until I'd lost a job that required on-your-own-time learning [employed by small to tiny businesses nearly all my work life] myself ...)

I had withdrawal symptoms ... still have some yet. Facebook is not a healthy addiction.

*sometimes to Pandora's Chill Out station on my new Android ... not totally deprived of access to audio ...


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SUGARSMOM2 8/24/2012 12:40PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon i can not make them work for me .

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CCHEF1 8/23/2012 10:39PM

    I stay there for family and some friends and ex-coworkers, although I have a few beefs, too. I don't know about Diaspora. Will look at that. I must admit I love social media. Thanks for this blog post. Have a great rest of the week.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/23/2012 7:51PM

    I joined facebook this summer because my daughter was in Europe, and I figured that if I wanted to stay in touch with her then I'd better join up. What I've discovered is that most folks say absolutely nothing that would update me about their current lives. Maybe they shouldn't. But being up to date on personal news is why I joined up. I don't think I'll last much longer. It's all way too much trouble and not enough rewards.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/23/2012 3:53PM

    I've about had it with Facebook myself; it's all about marketing companies getting personal information from us. So invasive if we let it be.

I don't know what Diaspora is but will look into it when I get back from vacation. thanks for the info! Pat

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CELIAMINER 8/23/2012 1:04PM

    Great blog! Ever since I was tricked into Timeline prematurely (I had maintained I would be the last to change), my cover picture has been simply "I Hate Timeline" in garish, clashing colors. I don't blame you for leaving. I'm staying on for family and friends and because it's actually the fastest way to reach some of my colleagues in other agencies when I have a work question...go figger.

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TRIXYMAHOGANY 8/23/2012 11:54AM

    As the target demographic for websites such as Facebook, I have to say that I am also disgusted at the total lack of choice and privacy given us. I've deleted one before (no small matter!) and my current one is deactivated.

If it makes you feel any better, Facebook's stock is continuing to plummet.

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