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Does anyone else get a bit freaked out by facebook these days? Its been changed so much over the last 6 months that I really don't like it but I feel a bit trapped as everyone seems to be on it. I came extremely close tonight to deactivating my account. It just feels like its just a matter of time before everyone on the planet is on it and it makes me feel really weird.
Also the final straw came tonight when I found a really weird comment my mum made about something I'd said to my niece. It just made me think 'do you know what I could do without this'.
In the UK we were going to have ID cards introduced and I was one of the people who really disagreed with. I didn't want the government snooping in on my life but I feel with all the changes made to fb I feel like a bit of a hypocrite.
What are others thoughts about all the recent changes - i.e. new privacy settings, changes to interests and setting up pages for everything you like, listen to, watch, read.....

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14 replies since 6th June 2010 • Last reply 6th June 2010

I know what you mean KitKat, I sometimes feel like I wish I wasn't so dependant on it, but things changed and it won't always be like when we were kids.

And I actually disagree Lovette, I think it's very important for countries that are out of reach and suffering from problems to be on the web, it's the only way for them to get across this stuff. And to its' credit, Facebook is pretty good at responding to complaints about groups. A while ago we had a campaign on here to get rid of a group that advocated violence toward women, and we succeeded. This is the nature of the internet though - it's anonymous so people will say horrible things sometimes. But that's because some people are just horrible.

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I'm with you there too Kitkat on the facebook issues. I am very annoyed about all the changes its made recently also. I am only on there because there is no better alternative at the moment to keep in contact with some of my friends.

I know there as an alternative in the works at the moment by some programmers who disagree with a lot of facebooks privacy issues. Here's hoping that it goes well.

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I refused to join Facebook,but a few days ago I was thinking about joining.But...I just cant bring myself to it.
Im on a Serbian/Hungarian social network called Poznanici and a few days ago they made some huge changes.It looks an has the same features like Facebook.Its like a cheap copy of it.
It was just fine as it was before,I dont now why they made these changes.I was on there because it was no where near like Fb ,now its the same.But Im staying because I have 3 best friends who live really far away from me,so we communicate there.
I was considering the Facebook account only to keep in touch with my CO+K friends.

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I feel the same way, I am on Facebook but I don't like the fact that I'm on Facebook and I've come so close to getting rid of my account and the main people I talk to in my life either don't have Facebook or they have it but don't really use their account anymore. But I still can't bring myself to get rid of my account and I don't know why!!!

I too Kat disagree with ID cards, it's not that I HAVE anything to hide, but I hate the fact that someone somewhere will have complete access to loads of data about me!! I don't want my private life to be known by complete strangers and I don't think it will stop people stealing our identities really. Think about it, they said chip and pin on credit and debit cards were aimed to put a stop to card fraud, if anything card fraud has got worse!!!

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I use it because its the only way I can keep in touch with friends who live so far away. And when I lived away from home, my mom really enjoyed seeing my pictures

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I've decided to slim down my account and just have the bare minimum on it at the moment. I'm also giving myself a fb holiday. I want to get out of the habit of checking it daily. I figure I'll get an email if someone has contacted me via it. Its such a shame though, when I first joined it was a great site but I feel like they've sold out. I think part of the changes were due to legal reasons - apparently (or so I've read) the idea behind the site was pinched off someone. The two programmers who were employed to set up this site apparently did a deliberately slow and crappy job as they were using the idea to set up fb. Apparently this all went through court and changes had to be made so that it wasn't the same as the original blokes idea. I think thats roughly what happened. The really recent changes though don't appear to have anything to do with that. They seem to be for the sake of money and cashing in on people's dependency on the site.

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I closed my facebook a few months ago, as I found it was becoming too much of a timewaster, also loads of "friends" who weren't really friends were seeing too much! And like Kitkat, i found I was compelled to check it every day , I felt like some kind of slave to facebook and didn't like it!
I held on to my Myspace for a bit longer, because I liked it better, and liked the way I had it customised, but I've just closed that too.
I keep in touch with friends and family with ordinary emails, send them pictures through Google picassa, and make picassa web albums of my photos I want to share. I find that's plenty for keeping in touch Happy

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I haven't ever seen anything awful on facebook, but I do hate that EVERYONE in my friends can see anything I say or do. Except of course for private messages and chat. I have so many friends from different factions of my life, my best friends, people I know from the church I grew up in(but can't currently attend), family, and just a bunch of people I haven't seen since high school, but missed. I've thought about separating it into 2 fb pages, so I can say ass, LOL, on my friends pages and stuff. I feel hobbled, in a way, like I can't be my full and true self, express my true feelings, because I'm friends with pastors and stuff. I loved Myspace, because it's more private, and also it can be personalized so much more. I hate that facebook is just blah boring white. It also bugs me that if I 'Like' something, I start getting the crap that the moderator of that page posts, spamming my home page. So I'm constantly using the 'hide' mechanism. A lot of the moderators of those groups and pages for some reason, use the status update option to start discussion threads, instead of using their ---discussion---tabs...very irritating.

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I have a facebook account but haven't been on for ages. I'm not really interested in playing some ethereal game to get more cows or guns. I have about 30 friends on there and only really use it for music event information and the odd private chat with family and friends as it is cheaper than a phone call. I'm really careful about which photo's I put on and don't give info about where I work. Let's just say I signed the official secrets act so I'm very security aware.

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Happy sounds good sheila

I use it to promote my business

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i have to admit that my hubby and i aren't on facebook for the reasons that have been mentioned here, we also disagreed with the id cards and stuff like that...i get called a conspiracy theorist but hey-ho...lol!! ^_^

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I used to go on Facebook alot but I hate the stuff they've changed lately..

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I have facebook, and to be honest i prefer it over myspace. I can stay in touch with my family and friends on fb, keep them updated on me and the girls and vice versa. The only problems I have is the occasional stupidness that occurs with some groups and apps. The whole hate groups disgust me but I just stay away from those since I know freedom of speech is important for most. Ppl have their views and opions on certain topics and if that floats their boats then fine, they can be arses about it and the world can see it for themselves.

I love my facebook friends and family, I love the cok groups, swap group, and our etsy shop groups. So that is the positvie and why I will probably stay with fb for awhile. Happy

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I'm on facebook cause i recently moved cities and its pretty much the only life i have right now, but shortly after my break up with my ex i got tons of nasty emails from him and his friends. And i mean nasty and it's really hard cause im trying to find an apartment in Vancouver BC and am using the schools fb site to help me, as i'm in a different province for the summer, so i can't block everyone otherwise i dont get messages for someone who might be able to help me, but they just kept coming Happy it was really hard to deal with cause alot of the things my ex said i did, i diffently did not do.

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