I'd like to hear from those of you who have a Facebook account. Any problems, such as spam and security issues? Do you use it to make new friends?
By Betty from Lubbock, TX
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I don't like facebook very much, and some Sri Lanka guy hacked my site, but, facebook was I guess good enough to get rid of that one.
I have various friends and relatives in there, and if others are using it, it works fine, most don't. I did locate some friends that I haven't seen or heard from them about 40 years, so, that is great, and I still haven't figured out a lot of how to use the tab areas yet, and I guess I don't care that much anymore about learning about it, since Facebook isn't working that well for me, but, there definitely are some good things about it.
I've also seen too with a lot of different groups, their own agendas, almost fighting over who can get more names of people in their groups, and it's not really for discussion, more looking sheeple for them. ;)
Another problem is all of the games on facebook, and anyone who are into these different games, like Mafia, farmville, fish aquarium, etc. you'll get a lot of things from others trying to lure you into the games, I think they get points for themselves if they get people pulled in to it, as well as lot's of polls and online tatoos, whatever, that when you get one of them, most times you can't get them unless you send some to a certain amount of more people, which is all about gathering up more and more names for whoever they are.
There now are more companies having theirs for "fans" and those places you can probably get some freebies, like the Woody one recently with the free burger.
There are lot's of things in there, and some good, some bad, probably how most anything is like that anyway. :) So, you might love it a lot, and all your friends and family enjoying it too, and it working very well.
I'm still hazy about how it actually works with who or what can read in your site, they supposedly can if they are in your facebook, and I THINK that different others in yours can't read some of others facebooks, yet, I've seen things that look like they both do, and they don't, so it still is confusing to me, so hopefully someone in here will explain how it's supposed to work.
I love Facebook! It is a great way to keep up with friends, family and organizations that I belong to. I'd be lost without it. If you set your site to private, ONLY people that you authorize to view your information can access your page. I've never had any problems, spam or hackers. Also, using the "tabs" that Kas mentioned is not difficult. They are a good way to keep up with music, videos, and other things. As far as the games and other apps, yes you are requested to "send things to others", but if you look at the fine print just under the list of names, you will find a "skip this step" button. As Kas said, there are good and bad things about any free service. If you pick and choose carefully, you should be able to safely enjoy all that Facebook has to offer. BTW, I'm not a spring chicken or a techno geek, just a middle aged mom who taught herself to use the computer :)
I'm on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. I love it because I can easily keep in touch with all my friends. You do get some wierdos trying to be your 'friend' but I "ignore" them. You do have to have firewalls & such in case of hacking, but I love it!
I do not like it. I had it 2 days & somebody got into my pictures. I deleted it ASP, good luck.
I have it, but like My Space better. e Book is so generic. It also seems to be better for cell phone users, which I am not.
I was a member but dropped it because there was way to many games on it and I don't enjoy games. I didn't have many friends on it I prefer to just use the regular e-mail.
I like it. As my friends are all over the country, it is a good way to keep in touch and see their photos. You do not have to play the games, and do not accept friendship from anyone you don't know.
Thumbs down. It's confusing and I prefer email.
I love my facebook. As the previous posts mention, you can set your account to "private" and avoid strangers. Your fb account is intended to help you keep in touch with friends and family. I'm 60yrs old and enjoy keeping up with my daughter's friends that we chaperoned in her high school band. A love of my church family posts on fb. Try it. I think you'll like it if you give it a change. You can contact me if you like. I'd love to be a fb friend.
Betty, I absolutely love Facebook! So much better than MySpace and any of the other social sites out there! My main reason for joining was to connect with friends (and family) I hadn't seen in years. Within days of joining, I started finding people! It was awesome, and almost 200 people later (friends, family and, yes, a few I've "met" online;). I wouldn't change it for the world;) I've located people from school (elementary, middle, high and college), as well as friends I had while in the military.
I've found "lost" family members. For the most part, these are people that I would not have otherwise been able to find, without having joined Facebook! Sure (as mentioned). there are definitely anyone's share of games on the site. Personally, I have a select handful I enjoy playing. Good, harmless fun;) If, by chance, you're not interested in that aspect of the site, no one will force you to sign up for them. I promise;) In closing, I will simply say. the benefits you gain FAR outweigh any negatives that you may encounter. As for spam, viruses, etc. I have not received spam.
As for viruses. if you have a good, solid anti-virus program on your computer, that is in good, working order (and is turned on;), you'll be fine! Hope this helps=)
I don't know that I completely trust those sites. I think my generation is the last generation to really understand what privacy is all about. Does anybody out there actually remember reading "1984" by Geroge Orwell? Big Brother was not a television show!
I like getting the updates about my friends and family and what is going on in their lives. I don't do a lot of chatting online or games or surveys, it is more passive for me.
I have found some old friends across the country that I would never have hunted down if it weren't for Facebook. In general, I think it is a positive thing and the way of the future.
A simple Google search would have turned up many pages about Facebook issues. Personally I think all this "social networking" is just a PIA. Look at what just happened to Twitter and the theft of passwords and such. Just remember that once you write it on the internet it is there for all time and for anyone to see.
I have had a Facebook account for several months and just love it. I have reconnected with many 40 years ago classmates. New baby arrival pictures were posted within hours of her birth - Wow! I also like to play some of their games that are all free all the time. I have it set so that only friends can see my information. Anytime you put any information on the web, there is always a chance of hackers finding it, but I have not had problems with this site. Put only minimal information that can be found on other open sites until you are comfortable. Then go for it. Have fun with it. If you don't like it, delete all that has to do with it. You are in control of it. Great fun!
I love Facebook! I get to check out my kids' photos and what they're up to. They don't mind, as we are close. I have mine set so just family and friends can see my profile. I get to see pictures of my grand kids, check out pictures and find out what a great time my kids have on their vacations. I have also connected with some of the mothers and classmates of my children.
I don't like it, or Twitter. I had accounts on both and deleted both. They're a pain as far as I'm concerned and I have other things that I'd rather do with my time. Since when do people feel that they have to always be connected to everyone? I heard someone say on TV the other night that "if I didn't want to talk to you when we were in the 5th grade, what makes you think I want to talk to you now."
Lynn...I agree with what you said!
I have not had any problems. As others have said, you can make your profile private and none can see it except those on your friends list.
You don't have to play the games and if you choose not to, and don't want friends sending you "gifts" and stuff from them, you can "block" them and you won't get things from those games anymore.
Obviously, you can "ignore" friend requests from those you don't want seeing what you post on your wall.
You have a lot more control over your page than what some here are leading you to believe.
It really is a wonderful way of reconnecting to old friends and family that you may have lost touch with. I found a friend that I went to a tech school with almost 20 years ago and wondered what had happened to her.
I have been able to share pictures with friends that I see all the time AND those I don't get to see very often.
I love it! Renee
I have a facebook account, and enjoy it very much. It is a great way to connect with people that you have lost touch with, and to stay in touch with people that you are in frequent contact with. You can set your profile to where only the ones that you choose can see your information, and you don't have to play all of the games if you don't want to. You can block applications that people send to you if you are not interested.
I, personally just like being able to see at a glance what my friends, family, and co-workers have been up to lately; as to whether they need prayer, or congratulations, or encouragement. It's also great to be able to post something myself if I need prayer or encouragement, and very encouraging when my friends post on my wall to give encouragement or congratulations. It's great to look up one of your friends and see what their grandchildren look like, and see the pictures of their pets, and loved ones; also to have my pictures posted online so that when I make a connection with a former church-member, I can direct them to my pictures so they can see how much Junior has grown, and who would have believed that Fluffy the cat is still catching mice, or whatever.
The language is cleaner to me on facebook, as opposed to myspace, (of course, it might depend on the friends that you choose, LOL). More people my age are on facebook, as opposed to myspace; it's not just for teens and young adults anymore. I think it's wonderful that folks my age have a place to go to be social; I am kind of a loner, and can be a part of interreacting with people as much or as little as I'd like.
Facebook has made it harder for total strangers to be able to look you up; you type in the name that you want to be "found" under, and someone who is not familiar with you would not be able to find your profile. And if they WERE able to find your profile, there is very little information displayed, they are instructed to send a friend request for more information, and you are free to decide who to friend or not.
I have had a lot of my friends post something like, " So and so has asked to be my friend, does anyone know who this person is, and why they want to be my friend?" Also, if there is something that you don't understand on facebook, all you have to do is post something on your profile and ask someone to explain, and everything is usually cleared up.
Facebook has been a blessing to my life, and I'm glad that I joined.
I've been a Facebook member for about 18 months, I think. I've converted to the Mobile site because all the graphics on the regular site were too much for the screen-reader program I use. However, I love my FB account. I use it to let my family and friends know what's going on in my life, and enjoy reading the status updates they post.
I'm not very good at searching for people, and avoid the games and other apps because I simply don't have the time. (The Mobile site doesn't even have all those apps, so that's a non-issue for me.) I have yet to figure out how to post links, and only recently figured out how to write and publish a note. But thanks to FB, several long-lost family members and former classmates have found me, and I have a way to reach a few people who aren't in my "traditional" Contacts list or phone book.
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