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Old 03-21-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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Usefulness of facebook/twitter?


i dont use them. i dont find anything exciting about them. how the heck comes facebook is one of the most visited websites on the internet??
 
Old 03-21-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
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I can't find any reasonable use for Twitter.

I use Facebook because I relocated my family halfway across the country a few years ago, plus I served in the military, so there are a lot of people I care about who are far away from me, and Facebook is the easiest way to keep in touch with those people. In this case, I needed a social media site, and I gravitated towards the one most of my people were already using.

As for why Facebook is the most often visited site, I'm sure it has a lot to do with those stupid games where people are watering each others' plants and other nonsense. I don't know a whole lot of people who are playing those games, but the ones who are playing are freakin' obsessive about them. That obsessive minority is really driving Facebook's hit count.

If it wasn't for the Ignore App option, that stuff would have driven me off the site long ago.
 
Old 03-21-2011, 03:15 PM   #3
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Because they are very very addictive. Psychologically so if the various podcasts chat I've listened to are correct. Twitter is a lot more dubious I think as it is mostly just a celebrity thing to most people. There are plenty of exceptions, like the Egypt revolt and such, but that doesn't cover the masses, but Facebook is doing exactly what it's designed to, and does it painfully well by giving you more and more reasons to never leave for other sites.

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Old 03-21-2011, 03:23 PM   #4
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People like to hurt themselves and their privacy.
That's all!
 
Old 03-21-2011, 04:26 PM   #5
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I can't find any reasonable use for Twitter.

I use Facebook because I relocated my family halfway across the country a few years ago, plus I served in the military, so there are a lot of people I care about who are far away from me, and Facebook is the easiest way to keep in touch with those people. In this case, I needed a social media site, and I gravitated towards the one most of my people were already using.

As for why Facebook is the most often visited site, I'm sure it has a lot to do with those stupid games where people are watering each others' plants and other nonsense. I don't know a whole lot of people who are playing those games, but the ones who are playing are freakin' obsessive about them. That obsessive minority is really driving Facebook's hit count.

If it wasn't for the Ignore App option, that stuff would have driven me off the site long ago.
lulz i hate those stupid flash games around the internets. they're so stupid. i rather fire up san andreas or counter strike, or even tuxKart. those are real games. and that is only because crysis is to much for me to download and then seed it.

gta vice city is good too.
looking forward getting some of the NEED FOR SPEED. yes.. uuhhh boy...those are the games..

obsession is a mental disease?
 
Old 03-21-2011, 04:42 PM   #6
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Not everybody can play full control real time action games...

Actually you would be surprised at how hard real time action games are for people that have never picked up a controller till they were over 20. Even something as simple as Ratchet and Clank becomes an extreme challenge.

Facebook has task orientated casual games that have no real consequence for failure. It's a constant flow of positive emotion and social feedback of acceptance from your 'accomplishments' Even the games that are real time action like Bejewled fall into this category. It never says you failed, the achievements are insanely easy to get, It gives you social tokens to post on your profile page, Loads of audio visual stimulation with bright colors and sounds, you will always complete the level, and it even puts you in competition with your self which brings you back for more. BTW, ratchet and clank kind of falls into this category as well as a lot of other real time action games. A lot of developers have realize that gamers never want to feel bad about their progress in a game so have implemented features like 'save anywhere' 'Refill ammo/health on death' and in some cases even 'adaptive difficulty' Even in RPGs you have the 'never loose experience to become stronger and eventually defeat the hard boss'

Aside from the games, Facebook provides a leading source of social connection and acceptance which all (most) humans need to survive. It also provides an easy to use outlet for personal webpages. It standardizes the look and feel with minimal ad-space distraction. It's also a calming blue color... Maybe that's why Linux questions is blue.

I'm sure if I had used twitter before, I could think of just as many valid reasons for it. Some of them may even be the same as Facebook.

Anyway, if so many people are using it there is a reason for it. Facebook obviously wasn't aimed at you if you don't use it.

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Old 03-21-2011, 04:52 PM   #7
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Well, I personally dislike so called social networking sites because I value my privacy, and because they tend to be populated by so many vapid twits.

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lulz i hate those stupid flash games around the internets. they're so stupid.
Oh, but I think you just haven't found the right flash games online. I'm a huge fan of the whole tower defence genre, for example. I've also found some worthwhile flash games on Armor Games, mostly in the adventure and strategy genres.

I used to spend a lot of time with Bookworm, Bejeweled, Zuma, and Text Twist. Not so much any more though.
 
Old 03-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #8
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POST EDITED

Don't pay any attention to that man behind the curtain...


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Old 03-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #9
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Not everybody can play full control real time action games...

Actually you would be surprised at how hard real time action games are for people that have never picked up a controller till they were over 20. Even something as simple as Ratchet and Clank becomes an extreme challenge....
I will try to play Battlestation Pacific in QNX...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QNX

http://www.eidos.com/games/battlestations-pacific

With increasingly intense electric shocks with accumulated damage...
 
Old 03-21-2011, 08:34 PM   #10
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I don't use Twitter, but I am using Facebook, just because I have friends all over the country, and with Facebook it is easy to keep in touch. I don't play those Facebook-games, but I know many people which play them, and I think the main reasons for playing those games are:
1. They are free.
2. They are rather easy.
3. You are constantly rewarded while playing those games.

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lulz i hate those stupid flash games around the internets. they're so stupid.
That is mostly because they have a rather low budget to write those games. But you don't have to wait long until your
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real games
will be similar stupid, with actions like this:
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crysis is to much for me to download and then seed it.
I hope you know that downloading and seeding games is:
1. Illegal in almost all countries.
2. Harming the developers, especially developers of Indie-games.

I wonder about people that are wondering that they are very few commercial games for Linux, if such a mentality is common.
 
Old 03-21-2011, 08:59 PM   #11
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well thats because my mom wont buy me 50$ games and always says she'd rather buy food than games. so anyways i dont play so many games, i just have a few games that i got from my friends or i saw so many good reviews and decided to download it and check it out.

if i like something really alot i will raise money and buy a original copy of the game. for example , i love adblock plus so i donated to them 10$.

anyways, lets get on topic.\
usefulness of facebook? other than communicating with firends? we got messenger for that/instant messenger/
 
Old 03-21-2011, 09:50 PM   #12
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Usefulness of facebook/twitter?
They aren't useful for me, but I hate all social networks. If you don't need it, than don't use it - problem solved.

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how the heck comes facebook is one of the most visited websites on the internet??
It is addictive + there's peer pressure + it is known that it is very hard to delete your account.
Almost same thing as with MMOs, but the big difference is that activity on social networks is more likely to backfire and affect your life.

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well thats because my mom wont buy me 50$
That's a rather poor excuse. If you're a man (or older than 14), you should be able to get/earn/save cash for the stuff you want without parent's help, otherwise it is freeloading. Aside from that, it is almost always possible to get a game with discount, exchange it, etc. It is quite easy to get good but (relatively) old titles at very low prices.

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those are real games.
You could also say that if you don't die after single hit, and if you don't have to start from the beginning of the level every time, it isn't a "real game" either.
The Sims can be as much of fun as l4d on maximum difficulty - depending on person.

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Actually you would be surprised at how hard real time action games are for people that have never picked up a controller till they were over 20.
It would be interesting to see them play something from NES/SNES/Sega Genesis. Super Contra, MK3, few beat-em-ups, battletoads, house of the dead, splatterhouse and such.

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Old 03-21-2011, 10:35 PM   #13
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Because they are very very addictive.
I was previously "very" active on Orkut. I remember refreshing my home page there every two minutes. It was very exciting in beginning..waiting for scraps and writing testimonials.. and then I realized the orkut had taken over my life..I couldn't do much work with orkut around. I was so angry with myself (because I couldn't control myself), I deleted my orkut account permanently and lived a happy life thereafter!

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I can't find any reasonable use for Twitter.
I am not on Twitter but my TL says that twitter can be extremely useful if and only if you follow the right people there, though I am yet to understand how to find those right people there!
 
Old 03-21-2011, 10:47 PM   #14
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I deleted my orkut account permanently and lived a happy life thereafter!
It is unfortunate that many resources/websites don't allow users to delete their accounts (that includes LQ, by the way). Any forum can be addictive (if it has a post counter, it can be addictive), and if the user wants to "burn bridges", he/she should have a way to do so. (deleting account doesn't automatically mean deleting all the post - just nuke account, unlink it from email address or close it permanently, and keep posts) I wish somebody pushed a global law that would force every resource to support ability to delete/close account permanently if user requests that.

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Old 03-21-2011, 11:02 PM   #15
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It is unfortunate that many resources/websites don't allow users to delete their accounts (that includes LQ, by the way). Any forum can be addictive (if it has a post counter, it can be addictive)
I understand what you said but in my case, post counts don't matter, in my case the problem is that, on LQ I interact with people which I don't do in real life, in my two years here I have made some virtual friends (I have zero friends in real life). That is the cause of my addiction on LQ and same was the case on orkut too! I managed to delete my orkut account because no "useful" information was ever posted there. And here on LQ though I can't delete my account but I can ask the Mods to ban me permanently (I even contacted XavierP many months back asking him to ban me out, but when he asked for the starting date, I just couldn't muster up the courage to respond ) and secondly LQ is more useful than orkut so ...
 
  


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