@RedOak A few years ago I signed up and they spammed the hell out of me. Even after I opted out of just about everything I could & toggled as many switches possible, I still received 2-3 emails every day. Went back into the account and entered a non-existent email address. That finally put an end to their nonsense.
@RedOak I’m on Nextdoor as well and like it for local events that are going on. But none of my family is on it because I’m the only person that lives here. And when you post something, it goes out to the whole community and not just your friends and family.
So while there is sometimes some “noise”, we actually learn a lot about issues in our municipality that we would not otherwise learn.
It has even helped build support for constructive changes.
And alerted to things like coyotes in the area and to watch out for small pets. (We live in a very much suburban area - not at all rural - that happens to have some natural parks and a, loved by coyotes, cemetery.)
And the awareness it brings, encourages us to leverage neighbor small businesses we wouldn’t have otherwise know about.
@RedOak I agree with everything you said and that’s why I’m on Nextdoor as well. However, if I could only pick one, I’d rather know what my friends and family are doing and they are not in the same community as me so I cannot see any Nextdoor posts from them.
I also would feel it inappropriate for people to post family events and pictures of pets, kids, and new cars on Nextdoor. That should be left for another site like Facebook (unfortunately). Maybe WeChat or whatever the Chinese equivalent is – could be better but I never tried it and I doubt any of my family members are on it.
Facebook is clearly a monopoly for what they provide but I still don’t use it but might if I need to contact a lot of people that I don’t have their current email or phone numbers for.
@cengland0 our family pretty much ignores FB and has shifted to Whatsapp. It it also 128-bit device to device encrypted so we can reliably communicate with family in China.
Even more remote friends and family seem to be using FB very little to the point where I only go there once a week.
And nobody close to me trusts FB with published (even if "friend-limited) phone numbers or emails addresses.
If I need a private conversation with a distant friend who isn’t in my Phone contacts, I start the conversation with a FB private message (web only since I refuse to install the separate FB Messenger app.)
@RedOak Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you don’t trust Facebook, then you should know that Facebook acquired Whatsapp for $16 billion.
I don’t see advertisements in my Whatsapp so it makes you wonder how Facebook tends to get their $16 billion investment back. If you didn’t pay for the product, then you are the product.
It’s supposedly encrypted but who knows if the government discussed secretly with Facebook and asked them to install a back door.
I like Whatsapp too and use it frequently because I can post full size photos and full size videos without any compression. I’m not doing anything illegal so I don’t care as much about the encryption but that comes as a bonus anyway. It’s a nice-to-have feature.
I also refuse to install the FB Messenger app. Don’t know why they need a separate app anyway except it’s easier for them to run that in the background and track your locations and keep you online for your friends to initiate a chat with you. That’s not for me.
I hate Facebook but selected that because there’s really no competition that has all the same features. I can keep up with friends and family along with coworkers and former coworkers. Traveled a lot when I was younger and have a large list of acquaintances that I can keep up with if I want.
The problem with Facebook and the reason I haven’t posted anything or looked at it for several years is my friends and family post too much political and religious crap. When they see something funny from someone else’s post, they will share it and I get too many jokes.
I would prefer if all businesses were taken off Facebook. There’s no reason companies like Walmart should have a facebook page. They could incorporate all that same information on their own website. It should be for real people only.
Too many scams on Facebook like telling people to post something on their page and they will be automatically entered to win one of a thousand iPad Pros. Completely bogus. I’ve had to debunk many posted claims with links to snopes and/or news articles and recommend my friend delete it from their newsfeed but they have never removed anything.
When it first came out, it was all about my friends posting pictures of their new car and funny pictures of their children. Now it’s all scams, politics, religious statements, jokes, and shares from people I don’t know.
Although PLATO was designed for computer-based education, perhaps its most enduring legacy is its place in the origins of online community. This was made possible by PLATO’s groundbreaking communication and interface capabilities, features whose significance is only lately being recognized by computer historians. PLATO Notes, created by David R. Woolley in 1973, was among the world’s first online message boards, and years later became the direct progenitor of Lotus Notes. By 1976, PLATO had sprouted a variety of novel tools for online communication, including Personal Notes (email), Talkomatic (chat rooms), Term-Talk (instant messaging), monitor mode (remote screen sharing) and emoticons.
@Pavlov I attended UIUC from 81-85, and remember that there were some courses (engineering-related, I think) using the PLATO system for reviews, quizzes, and the like. I know I used it for more than playing dnd, because you had to schedule your ‘online’ time in advance and were limited to 30min increments. Only those dedicated enough to sign up between midnight-6am could get longer, uninterrupted slots.
Oh, the stories I could tell about the very first ‘CAD’ classes
I mean, I use Facebook the most and all of my family is on there, but I kind of hate it. I would pick Instagram instead because I’ve highly curated it and don’t follow anyone that I actually know. It’s nice.