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Maddie the Intern
08-30-2011, 06:22 PM
Hi everyone,

I was hoping to take a quick poll to get an idea of which Social Networks you frequent (if at all).

Please take the quick survey, we value your input!

If you use more than one, please choose the one you frequent most often!

Thank you very much!

MaddieTheIntern

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
08-30-2011, 06:26 PM
In this order

Parallax Forums
Savage Circuits Forums
Facebook
Twitter

OBC

davejames
08-30-2011, 06:30 PM
Parallax Forums
Facebook (ashamed to confess)
Savage Circuits Forums

Moskog
08-30-2011, 06:32 PM
Parallax Forums
Savage Circuits Forums

Those are all I need.

Roy Eltham
08-30-2011, 06:33 PM
I can't vote on this because it doesn't have an option for "all of the above".

I use all of these equally often: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Parallax Forums, and Savage Circuits Forums.

zappman
08-30-2011, 07:00 PM
LinkedIn, Parallax Forums, Savage Circuits Forums

localroger
08-30-2011, 07:02 PM
This may be establishing my credentials as an old fart, but I resolved never to log in to Facebook again the day I realized it keeps a record of everything you READ. And of course the brouhaha over using a nick at Google+ is still unfolding, but that's another unacceptable policy; my real name is Roger Williams, one of the most common names in the English language, and it's far easier to find me and my stuff via localroger. I understand what Google and Facebook are trying to do, and I don't care how cool their service is. I don't like it.

I am way too verbose to regard Twitter as anything but a useless novelty.

Ron Czapala
08-30-2011, 08:36 PM
This may be establishing my credentials as an old fart, but I resolved never to log in to Facebook again the day I realized it keeps a record of everything you READ.

I deleted my Facebook account when I found out they gave a bunch of money toward the effort to legalize marijuana in California.

Peter KG6LSE
08-30-2011, 08:40 PM
This may be establishing my credentials as an old fart, but I resolved never to log in to Facebook again the day I realized it keeps a record of everything you READ. And of course the brouhaha over using a nick at Google+ is still unfolding, but that's another unacceptable policy; my real name is Roger Williams, one of the most common names in the English language, and it's far easier to find me and my stuff via localroger. I understand what Google and Facebook are trying to do, and I don't care how cool their service is. I don't like it.

I am way too verbose to regard Twitter as anything but a useless novelty.
AMEN !


I hate the TOS for most of those sites .

I am on savage circuits . Here , Devaint art . or on A costume forum ..

that is all I have time for or a need .

Cluso99
08-30-2011, 09:07 PM
Only the Prop forum on a regular basis (>>1 per day)
Occasionally the other Parallax forums (<<1 per day)

Nothing else on a regular basis although I check the RepRap forums maybe 1 per week.

Never looked at Facebook or Twitter and not interested!

Do you think I am obsessive and need help ???

Bill Chennault
08-30-2011, 09:36 PM
Maddie--

Home Machinist Forum (http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/index.php), Parallax, Astronomy Forums (http://www.astronomyforum.net/astronomy-forums/), John Stimson's High Standard forum (http://disc.yourwebapps.com/Indices/226190.html), and Cloudy Nights (http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?Cat=).

--Bill

sylvie369
08-30-2011, 10:14 PM
Only the Parallax Forums, until the dust settles on the other ones and we know their long-term effects. I do participate in quite a few antisocial networks, though.

localroger
08-30-2011, 10:49 PM
Interesting coincidence, right after leaving my last post here I retired to watch my latest Netflix -- The Final Cut

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364343/

In this SF future about 5% of the population are fitted with a "Zoe implant" which records everything they ever see and hear. After you die, the implant is used to build a "Rememorial," basically a first-person movie of the best moments of your life for your survivors to admire. The job of the "Cutter" is to go through all the data selecting the good and deleting the bad. Many people are fitted with Zoes at birth and not told until their adolescence or later; it's an expensive high-end luxury item favored mainly by the vain and wealthy.

Much of the horror that builds up as the movie unfolds is that the Cutter learns everything about you. He knows everyone you ever had sex with, reads your porn through your eyes, knows about the guy you killed in that drunken hit-and-run you got away with, sees every time you beat your wife, and so on. It's his job, in the face of this intimate knowledge, to pick out the good stuff and turn you into a saint. "You make saints out of monsters," one character accuses Robin Williams, and he just shrugs.

Facebook and Google+ are a lot like the Eye corporation in the story. They are in a position to learn a bunch of stuff nobody has any business knowing, and the fact that they use this for things we like doesn't mitigate the fact that they are acquiring an awesome and potentially devastating power. I'm sure they don't worry about people like me, since I'll be interacting with people and companies that do use their service and with enough of that interaction, they can still build up a saleable or otherwise useful description of me. Google is at least being honest that the real purpose of Google+ is to be an "identity service;" I think this tells a little too plainly the truth that you are not their customer, but rather their product. Facebook is trying to pretend very vociferously that it's all just good clean fun and why would anybody care about your fond appreciation for tentacle manga or Nazi concentration camp photos or My Little Pony cartoons.

Then one day they make My Little Pony cartoons illegal, and you are screwed. And just like the other 95% in the movie, who never know if one of the people looking at them has an implant, you never know if one of the other people who visited that MLP:FIM meetup mentioned you in his profile. After all, it's just good clean fun and a way to meet like-minded perverts^Wpeople, right?

DISCLAIMER FOR FACEBOOK USERS: The examples used in this post are taken at random and do not imply that I personally have an interest in Japanese animation, the Holocaust, or insufferably cute toys turned into even more insufferably cute cartoons.

doggiedoc
08-30-2011, 11:15 PM
In this order

Parallax Forums
Savage Circuits Forums
Facebook
Twitter


Ditto.

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
08-30-2011, 11:17 PM
note to self: hide MLP collection from ever being posted on a social network...

OBC

Jimmy Lieb
08-31-2011, 02:21 AM
Well, I hate to post an opposing comment, But I definetly use Facebook more. Then the Parallax Forums.

JimInCA
08-31-2011, 02:50 PM
For me, its:

Parallax Forums
RCUniverse
RCGroups
Facebook

I have to admit that I use facebook but it's to keep in contact with friends that I've had for close to fifty years (family too). We literally grew up together, so it's nice to keep in touch and facebook makes that very easy to do.

Jim...

John A. Zoidberg
08-31-2011, 03:01 PM
I used only forums, and only friendly neighbourly forums like the Parallax forums.

I do not have Facebook, just ditched it more than a year ago. Reason is simple, I don't feel like using it.

I'm still contactable, however. :)

Tor
08-31-2011, 03:28 PM
I ticked the [none] option because a forum isn't really the definition of 'social network' is it? Even if it's the Parallax forum.

I visit some similar forums, and vintage computer forums, and, if time, some musical instrument forums, and, if even more time, one book reader forum. I used to frequent RMMGA on Usenet and would have continued to do so if it hadn't taken too much of my time. I'm technically on G+, but I haven't really done anything there yet. I'm not on FFB and won't ever be.

-Tor

potatohead
08-31-2011, 03:35 PM
FB, Twitter (lightly so far), Quora, Tumblr, linked in

Fxc2hh
08-31-2011, 04:58 PM
Please take the quick survey, we value your input!

You might want to do a seperate poll on ages that use social networking. Kids might have 600 friends whereas most adults over fifty probably have 27.

As a parent, I just don't have time and it doesn't make me any money. My other dislike is that there are a lot of people who use social networks and they are only in it for their site or their own selves instead of the people whom they connect with.

max72
09-01-2011, 06:45 AM
I actively use this forum, and bitfrombytes for the 3D printer.
I read some other forums, and twitter, as a kind of news reader.
Cannot find a use for facebook.
Not exacly social network, but as a side note the best tool when I work with other people is Skype. The file transfert and the chat/voice call make it a great working tool.

John A. Zoidberg
09-01-2011, 03:52 PM
I used email, phone and text for my social networking. And I don't have much friends either, so even if I have Facebook, it'll be mostly empty. :)

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
09-01-2011, 04:27 PM
I'm confused. Eight people have checked "I don't use any social network sites." Given that this forum is one of the choices, how were they able to access the poll? Or are there some amongst us who use the forum only for anti-social networking? :)

-Phil

Paul Sr.
09-01-2011, 04:42 PM
Parallax Forum, Savage Circuits
I do have accounts on LinkedIn and Facebook, however, I never participate on LinkedIn and only use FB to communicate with my daughter who lives in Montana. Basically, I find them annoying and extremely disruptive so I "connect" when I want to use them, then "disconnect" when I am done.

I don't even like Office Communicator and keep it off at work - it IS the most aggravating and disruptive application to me - every time I get into something, up pops "the window" with something someone wants NOW! Plus, I have had my fill of undocumented conversations - seems some people use for that very reason - and I don't necessarily want to talk to THEM anyway!

Fxc2hh
09-01-2011, 04:44 PM
I'm confused. Eight people have checked "I don't use any social network sites." Given that this forum is one of the choices, how were they able to access the poll? Or are there some amongst us who use the forum only for anti-social networking? :)

-Phil

I associate social networks with blogs like Facebook. This is a message board and I don't have a blog here or anywhere. I'm not sure people would appreciate my non Parallax projects so I don't post them here out of respect. There was nothing "great" plus it takes a lot of time as I would have to take something like 30 pictures for the perfect photos and make the same project over at least three times to make it look "the best". I'm just not into it and going outside or spending time with family is more enjoyable than trying to make someone say "wow" on the internet whom I can't see.

The people I know have a limited interest in my hobbies or my writings so I might be able to get some page views but it isn't worth it to me.

Roger Lee
09-01-2011, 05:46 PM
Interesting that for a select all that apply poll I can only select one.

Facebook
Savage Circuits
Parallax Forums

Duane Degn
09-01-2011, 06:25 PM
Well, I hate to post an opposing comment, But I definitely use Facebook more. Then the Parallax Forums.

Jimmy, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you're under 40?

I personally use the Parallax forums much more than any other site.

I go to Facebook about once a month to accept "friendships" from my nieces and nephews who have extended the offer. I have found a couple of valued friends through Facebook. It is strange because all we have done is to say "It's good to find you!" and then we continue to ignore each other because of our busy lives.

I've also had a few offers from people I've worked hard to lose track of.

I visit other forums occasionally. Some German RC forum when I was trying to figure out the communication protocol on a RC transmitter. SparkFun's forum on occasion. Let's Build Robots is a fun forum. (I think I actually have and account on that one.) I recently visited the very disappointing Roomba forum (they mostly wanted to know how to clean their floors not make laser guided sucking robots of terror).

It looks like I'll need to check out Savage Circuits.

Duane

Fxc2hh
09-01-2011, 07:33 PM
I'm confused. Eight people have checked "I don't use any social network sites." Given that this forum is one of the choices, how were they able to access the poll? Or are there some amongst us who use the forum only for anti-social networking? :)

-Phil

In order to be successful, I would have to blog 2-3 times a week or people wouldn't come back to my blog which I don't have. I might go two to three months between projects because I get busy with other things and I have to order through the mail.

My social network is the phonebook and the only ones who call are family, friends and telemarketers (mostly telemarketers).

Seriously though, I've been on bulletin boards before there was an internet back in 1983 and I don't see the value in blogging for several reasons. A relative of mine went to another state, hung out with people who were in the chat room and then came back home and the person he hung out with didn't remember him. It shows me the value of the internet really well and it spells the last 28 years I had online. I can't remember more than 200 names so having 600 friends on facebook isn't worth it to me and I couldn't handle having that many friends in real life because I wouldn't get anything done.

Maddie the Intern
09-08-2011, 03:50 PM
Thank you so much for all the votes (70? Wow! Thanks!) and for all this feedback.

To be honest, being just 19, I'm tiring of Facebook very quickly and have deactivated it twice in an effort to not use it anymore. The problem is: some of my other online accounts only work if I'm on Facebook! When I deactivate it, several other online accounts get messed up...

THAT guy
09-19-2011, 10:39 PM
I'm only on the Parallax Forums, as well as Twitter.

I only signed up for Twitter for the news. I only follow businesses, just for product updates, new articles, etc.

W9GFO
09-19-2011, 10:49 PM
I'm confused. Eight people have checked "I don't use any social network sites." Given that this forum is one of the choices, how were they able to access the poll? Or are there some amongst us who use the forum only for anti-social networking? :)

I am one of the eight. I don't consider a forum to be a "social networking site". My main reason for being here is to gain information or share information. It is a bonus that entertainment and some networking occurs.

Fxc2hh
09-20-2011, 03:32 AM
I am one of the eight. I don't consider a forum to be a "social networking site". My main reason for being here is to gain information or share information. It is a bonus that entertainment and some networking occurs.

A forum loosely fits the definition of social networking but I associate blogs and networking as social contacts. Are you the person that I can call on to share my work with? If not, we aren't assembled together as closely as you might think.

An example would be getting a present that I have to assemble. If I were to throw all the parts out on the living room floor and assemble them together with a rake, that isn't my idea of assembled. Assembled is where we are put together and jointly fitted. Blogging and friending is where people are put together and jointly fitted and message boards can have that but it doesn't mean that everyone in the forum is my friend and sometimes people we add aren't always great fits but sometimes it works. Assembly is where real life networking takes place. The possibility exists in message boards and it works for some but there isn't a replacement for real life interaction.

Buck Rogers
09-20-2011, 04:16 AM
Thank you so much for all the votes (70? Wow! Thanks!) and for all this feedback.

To be honest, being just 19, I'm tiring of Facebook very quickly and have deactivated it twice in an effort to not use it anymore. The problem is: some of my other online accounts only work if I'm on Facebook! When I deactivate it, several other online accounts get messed up...

Hello!
Interesting. I chose Twitter, and of course I've got an account here, and also one with LinkedIn. I only chose to associate myself with that one because a lot of people I know have it. Also of course one called Google+, and something called Plaxo. That was an interesting animal.

I view FB as a dangerous entity that we probably don't need, and view its existence the same way I view certain forms of music, as a disruptive presence.

Tor
09-20-2011, 10:21 AM
I am one of the eight. I don't consider a forum to be a "social networking site". My main reason for being here is to gain information or share information. It is a bonus that entertainment and some networking occurs.
Same here. I'm also one of the eight (I haven't checked if that number has changed lately). I've never considered forums 'social networking sites'. To me forums are totally different to FFB and the like. Forums are specific in their focus, be it a particular product or instrument (Propeller, Ukulele..) or, say, a forum about a particular author or book series. Social networking sites don't have this pre-defined focus. And finally, I'm not here to socialize, I'm here to learn about the Propeller and its use.

-Tor

Loopy Byteloose
09-20-2011, 10:47 AM
The poll is a bit tricky. I DO NOT use any social networks, even on Parallax Forums.

You should have had a clarification about what Parallax Forums really means to get good data. I am totally fed up with emails from beyond the blue claiming that somebody wants to be my friend when I can only imagine the kind of problems I might encounter with identity theft from living abroad.

OppaErich
09-20-2011, 11:42 AM
I am one of the eight. I don't consider a forum to be a "social networking site". My main reason for being here is to gain information or share information. It is a bonus that entertainment and some networking occurs.

Righto, if it was, I wouldn't be here.

Gadgetman
09-20-2011, 12:53 PM
The social network I use most is LiveJournal...

Then there's a couple of weird stuff forums(Planetfurry.com is the most used, which might be obvious from my Avatar)

I follow a couple of blogs on other systems, and that's it.
The Parallax forums I don't consider 'social' even if there's a bit of banter and teasing now and then.

FaceBook has stopped forwarding friend-requests since I used that link in one of those emails.
(Nice of them to not requiring you to be a member for that. Bad of them to send them at all... )
LinkedIn, sometimes sends me such requests, I think... Haven't checked the trashcan lately.
(They require you to log in to stop such messages. Not very professional of a 'network for professionals')
Skype is nonexistent.
Same with MSN.
I sometimes check twitter ( twitter.com/eComStation ) and again, that's not that social, either...

I'm a nerd... Social is something we read about in dictionaries...

schill
09-20-2011, 03:17 PM
I stick with forums (here and elsewhere).

I do not and do not intend to have a Facebook account. It really bothers me when companies put information on their Facebook pages that is not available elsewhere. One company in particular (not Parallax or anything similar) decided to have a weekly sale on their products. You could only see the product on sale that week if you were logged in to Facebook - the information was not available without an account.

I do have a Twitter account but I do not tweet. I got the account because a number of people/organizations are using Twitter the way they once would have used RSS feeds. By having the account, I can easily set up "feeds" that I want to read (including maybe 1 or 2 Parallax-related ones :) ).

ElectricAye
09-20-2011, 03:58 PM
Let's face it. Sooner or later some criminal/prankster mastermind is going to figure out how to correlate all that data on Facebook and achieve some kind of globally disruptive hoax/fraud/identity-theft/you-name-it, after which the entire social network frenzy will implode.

The internet as a whole is a great thing, so why people have carved out this pseudo-semi-exclusive subset of it with Facebook is beyond me. It's as though somebody built a 2 billion lane highway but then everyone wants to ride on the little white line next to the shoulder. BTHOOM!

Gadgetman
09-20-2011, 04:29 PM
Ever heard of http://pleaserobme.com ?