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10/22/10 6:17 P

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I'm with you Crafty! All of my family lives back East. So Facebook keeps me connected with them. I don't understand why some people have hundreds of friends they don't even know on their fb I have enough people I know to keep up with!

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10/19/10 6:16 P

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I'm not a terribly social person either and I only update my status on extremely rare occasions. I guess for me the appeal is just keeping a line of communication open with old friends. Sure we may have gone off to do different things in our lives and we may live in different places, but having them on facebook is sort of comforting. It's a lot easier to feel nostalgic and reconnect with an old friend on facebook than it is trying to find their old phone number that may have been disconnected.

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10/17/10 11:38 P

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I think part of my concern is that my best friend bugs me about not being on facebook because she wants me to see pics of her family and whatnot. Its a bit of a catch-22 with me because i really don't have many friends (she's about the only one i'm in contact with that remembers i exist) and I'm not too keen on talking to people just because we had a couple classes together in high school (nearly 10 years ago now), especially if we hadn't bothered to keep in touch in the first place.

The catch-22 is that she bugs me about not having a facebook page, but she'd be the only one visiting it, and since we talk as often as we can anyway, it'd be kinda pointless. on the other hand, i want to network somewhat someday, but i'm paranoid about how much of my information I want out there for others to find and for them to "friend" me. she says that i can put it to private settings where only specific people can see it, but that becomes kinda pointless, doesn't it? i mean, job interviewers look for your social networking pages, and the last thing i want is some idiot showing up on my page as a friend with who knows what on their webpage

I know i need more research over this, it just seems that my goals are contradictory. I'm not really keen to reconnect with people in my past that I barely remember, and want to meet new people and such, but its just too iffy to me. sparkpeople's about the only place i feel comfortable right now, and it took me several years to get to that point.

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10/15/10 12:03 P

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The way you describe social networking sites is interesting to me.

I am a daily Facebook user, but I am not "friends" with anyone that I have not met in real life, I don't post banal observations about what I am eating or doing, and I don't use the site for dating or as a subsitute for an actual social life.

(Oddly, my use of SparkPeople comes a lot closer to that description - I can't help it. Honeycrisp apples are delicious and I get excited when they are in season)

I use Facebook to connect with old friends and family. I always describe it as my subsitute for the quick 5 minute conversations you would have with an old friend when you ran into them at the grocery store. I live 400 miles from where I grew up, so I don't run into old friends. With Facebook, I can be excited for them if they get married or have a baby or land a new job, etc.

The imperative to use Facebook may also depend on your social circle. If your friends don't use it - then it is not big deal. But when everyone else joined, I found that I was getting fewer emails from my old college buddies, because they had shifted a lot of their communication to this medium.

(Don't let the farms and the poking and whatever other cliches are out there dissuade you from the what is actually good about the site)

As far as other sites go... I have a LinkedIn account, but I don't really do anything with it. Mostly I use it as a back-up place to store my contacts should I ever change jobs and somehow lose access to my email. Given the economy, I hope that it also helps my friends who are looking for work make connections with people who might be able to help them in that search.

I also have a twitter account. I use it solely as a promotional tool for work, I'm not sure how effective it is because I don't really invest much time in it. What I do gain from twitter is the ability to listen in on conversations happening in my field. Even if you don't participate, you may want to check out their search feature sometime and see what the buzz may be realted to your field. It may give you some ideas as to what presentations to attend or who to try and meet at your next professional conference.

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10/15/10 6:15 A

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Social networking pages (sparkpeople included) are ways of staying in touch with friends and family. I think the appeal is quite complex, and a lot of research has been done on them.

You might try building a professional facebook page(and a linkedin one for 'real' professional links) that your students can access. It would be a way to test the site out for class messages, assignment reminders, etc.

I have a facebook account cause some of my family post photos and such. I never actually visit my page though.



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10/14/10 2:23 P

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I'm not the most sociable person around (sparkpeople, school, and my few errands are about as sociable as I generally get), but I just can't bring myself to get into the facebook or twitter thing like everybody else seems to. Sparkpeople is a different story because we're here for a purpose--a healthier life. A general social networking site is hard to wrap my brain around.

Every day there's grumbling from students about not being able to get into their facebook pages or whatever, and the weird need to just go and constantly update the site, like what you're eating or what you're about to do.

I just don't quite get the big attraction to that, and the whole having oodles of friends you've never met or talked to ever that just click to your site. Granted, there's a smaller contingent of that on Sparkpeople, perhaps, but its on crack on those other sites. I mean, can you really consider somebody a friend if you've never talked to them and probably never will again? how can somebody have 10,000 friends? I just don't get it, is it really that good a thing?

I'm trying to understand the appeal. I don't internet date (skeptical and i'm old school about being friends and meeting people face to face first), I don't text (my calls are quite short) and i don't have social networking pages. I don't have anything to say, and from some pages and texts i've seen, they don't either (my students love trying to show me their pages when they find a way to get to them--its just pointless from the look of it).

One of these days, i might get a page, if i had it well thought out and set up to do things i wanted it to do (like for educational purposes and whatnot), but i might choose an alternative if I just can't wrap my mind around this obsession. help me out, please?

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