[Rant] Social media is desperate for my time and your money

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[Rant] Social media is desperate for my time and your money

Post by Dux is not you » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:22 pm

and I'm tired of it.

Facebook sucks now, and has sucked for an unfairly long time. Quora used to suck in an endearing way, now it's just awful. Twitter is just gossip and conflict. No one reads blogs anymore. Reddit is probably nonsense (does anyone know for sure?).

I turn to you guys 'cause VGF is cool and also I have no idea where else to turn.

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Post by smol Kat » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:25 pm

I don't use social media nearly as much as I used to. My main means of talking to people online are VGF and Discord.
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Post by Apollo the Just » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:32 pm

I use social media a lot because it's the only way to keep in regular contact with a sizeable number of my friends but I hate it more and more. The ads are ridiculous, certain changes are intrusive and unwelcome, stuff sucks.

At least the memes are good.

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Post by New! Tazy Ten » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:38 pm

I've said social media is bad for a pretty decent chunk of time, though for different reasons. Mostly because they're not made for conversation but for yelling into a crowd for popularity with replies being an afterthought most of the time. It creates this atmosphere of "It's all about me" rather than an attempt to actually provide any level of discussion.

Also, I have a blog. It's more of a temporary thing, but I use it occaisionally. :) (shameless plug)

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Post by I am nobody » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:50 pm

:shrug: I'm far enough down the introverted scale that most social media pitches never did anything for me to being with. I've got a Facebook account I haven't posted anything to in at least five years, and I've never even considered making accounts anywhere else.

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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:54 pm

I never really got into social media at all. None of it.
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Re: [Rant] Social media is desperate for my time and your money

Post by Calamity Panfan » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:47 pm

i use twitter for the news and jokes

i still use facebook because a lot of my friends only use that but i'm sick of all the pyramid scheme bull**** that's all over it.

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Post by Sim Kid » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:02 am

My facebook account literally has had no posts. I just got it to get Riot Girl Tristana.

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Post by Heroine of the Dragon » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:45 am

I don't post to any of the social media stuff... and I'm glad you feel comfortable to be here, Dux!! *gives you marshmallows* :D
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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:50 am

I use Fb a bit. Twitter just to see memes now (it was primarily for Miitomo for a while). Reddit for information for a few specific video games or anime, and questions.

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Post by Valigarmander » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:21 am

I've started lurking on my old Facebook account recently, and I'm beginning to remember why I stopped visiting that site.

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Post by Dux is not you » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:55 am

Calamity Panfan wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:47 pm
i use twitter for the news and jokes

i still use facebook because a lot of my friends only use that but i'm sick of all the pyramid scheme bull**** that's all over it.
What "pyramid scheme bull****"? I mean, I know Facebook's in a lot of shady practices, but I'm not sure if I'd call any of it pyramid-scheme shenanigans.
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Also, I have a blog.
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Post by Calamity Panfan » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:45 am

mostly referring to the constant beachbody/shakeology and other multi-level markketing sales that are plastered all over facebook. like i'm all for promoting healthy living but these people basically make everything about their social media into an advertisement and they become more product than person.

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Post by Dux is not you » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:32 am

Oh. I haven't gotten any of that, fortunately, but I have a ton of trouble with Facebook showing me what it thinks will get me to spend money on their sponsors instead of what I want to see.

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Post by Marilink » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:48 am

Facebook is pretty bad, but I maintain mine. I keep Facebook to keep in contact with people I would otherwise never talk to, but I rarely just scroll through the news feed for more than 30 seconds. But I still see value in it, especially because if I see too much stupidity I just exit the app and do something else.

Twitter is good. I try to separate my Facebook and Twitter for the most part, so most of my gaming-related stuff goes there.

Instagram’s achronological feed has ruined it for me, as petty as that sounds. I still look at my friends’ Stories with frequency.

Reddit is fine, but I really only use it for Sports subreddits now.

Discord is cool, I’m still getting into it.

Snapchat’s most recent update is complete buttcheeks.

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Re: [Rant] Social media is desperate for my time and your money

Post by thereisnospoon » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:41 pm

Facebook has been on the decline for many years, but I still occasionally use it for Messenger and for keeping track of events in my city. Instagram is great, as it's simply looking at pictures! Twitter...I can't stand it. I don't use Pinterest. And Snapchat? Get outta here. Remember these? RIP Snapchat Spectacles... such an awful idea that I'm not surprised didn't take off around the world :/ :/

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Post by CaptHayfever » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:19 pm

I use Facebook because it's the most functional for keeping in touch with friends & extended family, & because it has the most functions, period.
I also set up a Twitter for my theatre "company".
Pretty much any other social media account I have is just a placeholder to preclude impostors.

Snapchat's continued popularity confounds me. It is objectively the worst at everything, & yet it persists.

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Re: [Rant] Social media is desperate for my time and your money

Post by thereisnospoon » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:42 am

Yeah, no idea how long Snapchat can continue. They seem to be hanging on, but I think the disappearing messages will simply be annoying at some point.

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Re: [Rant] Social media is desperate for my time and your money

Post by mushroom » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:51 pm

forums are way better imo..
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Re: [Rant] Social media is desperate for my time and your money

Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:23 am

thereisnospoon wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:42 am
Yeah, no idea how long Snapchat can continue. They seem to be hanging on, but I think the disappearing messages will simply be annoying at some point.
What's the point of that anyway?

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