Facebook is a Waste of Time

There. I’ve said it. And the relief is tangible.

I have tried using Facebook for a year or so, in order to market myself, make ‘friends’ and earn money.

Hours and hours of liking stuff, posting stuff, sharing, linking and friending.

Net result?

Zero.

Sure, every time I log in I can see lots going on, and messages to read, photos to look at.

But in terms of getting traffic to my web pages the exercise has been entirely pointless.

Therefore, due to preferring the idea of writing my own stuff rather than reading other people’s – I have decide to quit my FB Groups and put effort where it has a chance of making me some money.

No more wasting time on Facebook.

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Is It a Waste of Time?

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The Things People Post

There are some standard postings on Facebook.

What my kids look like seems to be one. That's fascinating. Don't get me wrong, I am sure your kids are wonderful.

I particularly like knowing that someone has bought a product. Or enjoyed visiting a sponsors website.

It is nice, sometimes, rarely, occasionally - to hear of people's achievements. To be able to offer support and encouragement. Those tend to be rare moments in the feed.

And all that stuff is OK but remember - this is supposed to be all about me. So I need to post my own series of updates and then spend time checking who liked it and answering comments.

If you are getting irritated when people comment on a post, meaning you have to respond, it is probably time to leave.

There is no need to make a big announcement about leaving
There is no need to make a big announcement about leaving

Inappropriate Likes

You have to Like everything on Facebook. Otherwise your friend might think you don't love them any more.

My cat died... Like.

My husband left... Like.

I am fat... Like.

The Like is supposed to be supportive but it can seem entirely inappropriate. And it takes way too long to find an emoji with a concerned supportive expression that promises empathy without money.

If we behaved in real life like we do on Facebook there might be some more honest responses
If we behaved in real life like we do on Facebook there might be some more honest responses

Using Facebook for Link Sharing

The only reason I joined was to share links to my wonderful web pages.

It took me a long time to realise that the idea is not to share your own stuff.

The point is to share other people’s.

Now that’s wonderful and charitable and all that, but to be honest, I’m not in the charity business.

I am trying to write content that other people might want to read and share. Not spend my precious time reading and sharing theirs.

I know it is supposed to be a quid pro quo. Well frankly, screw that. Time spent viewing, reading, sharing and liking would be much better spent writing and improving my own offering.

If the content is good enough people will visit, read and share. And if, as is more likely, it is not up to snuff – it needs a lot more time improving it.

Not only is Facebook a waste of time - now it is filled with spam advertising
Not only is Facebook a waste of time - now it is filled with spam advertising

Times When Facebook Is OK

There ARE times in our lives when we have nothing else to do.

In hospital, prison, divorced, mentally ill, lazy or out of work.

That is when Facebook can become a friend. It may be the only one you have.

Facebook may be OK if you really have nothing else to do
Facebook may be OK if you really have nothing else to do

Mindless Postings

I can’t spend any more time reading other people’s idea of what is either important or funny.

Very rarely does it gel with my ideas.

Mostly it is irritating mind pap.

Now, that’s fine if you want to spend your time on that. People do different things.

I love messing around on forums, playing silly games. I enjoy it too much. It is addictive.

But it is not the best use of limited free time when there are other more productive things to do.

Add a Dislike Button

I'm British. Ok?

Everything in my world is not Awesome. I do not go round "Having a nice day". It rains a lot.

In my world I might genuinely Like something maybe once or twice in a lifetime. Not fifty times a day.

When updating that Facebook status is so important - cartoon
When updating that Facebook status is so important - cartoon

Using Facebook to Share Your Own Content

My experience of sharing my own pages has been that it is a particularly ineffective way to gain traffic.

Any hits are fleeting and temporary.

The visits consist of friends being badgered into taking a look at your page out of politeness.

I call it misleading, favour traffic. It is not being shared because it is good quality, engaging, interesting.

How do you know when something is good enough to be shared?

When people you don't know share it without being asked.

Facebook friends versus real live friends
Facebook friends versus real live friends

Things That are NOT a Waste of Time on Facebook

Obviously Facebook is not all bad. Otherwise it would not be the most popular social network ever. Here are some of the really useful aspects of it without which our lives would be empty and sad.

Cat videos

I cannot stress how important these are. To be able to watch cat after cat doing stuff like eating and stretching is so important to our mental well-being.

Stupid people

Videos of ignorant and criminally stupid people doing daft things are an essential component of daily life.

Food

Before Facebook I just ate food. Now I can look at it.

Adverts

My life is not complete until I have seen at least one hundred adverts for available single women or vitamin supplements.

Helping security services

It is essential for the safety of humanity that every mouse-click I make goes straight back to the NSA for evaluation by a team of experts in the psychology of stupid.

Logging Out of Facebook

Leaving Facebook will be one less thing to check each time I switch my computer on.

It is bad enough waiting for Windows to load before checking email, stats and analytics.

Why add another pointless five minutes seeing if some stupid thing I said got liked, or if someone else I don’t know wants to be my friend?

They don’t want to be my friend. They want to spam me, the same as I spam them.

Or worse than that, they do want to be my friend. Now that is a real drag on time, no offence meant.

So, to anyone who wonders why I left The Group, whichever group it was, the above should explain it.

Hmmm. So what should I do now?

Better have one last peek before quitting for good. And maybe I could update my status - just to let everyone know...

The complete experience of a life wasted on Facebook
The complete experience of a life wasted on Facebook

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earner 5 months ago from United Kingdom

Things are the same as they ever were.

Yes, it's time-consuming ... but I've discovered that doing nothing = $0.00. Spending 2 hours = $1.00

:)

Better than nothing .... else I'll need to get a proper job.


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Mark Ewbie 5 months ago from Euroland Author

Hey Earner! Well I wrote this a long time back - but I still don't get the marketing thing. It's not really me - trying to work the networks. Plus it can be time-consuming as well. Mostly what I do these days is create images and cross my fingers! Hope things are good with you :)


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earner 5 months ago from United Kingdom

I always thought it was a waste of time and full of losers, but I think I now "get it" as I forced myself to use it instead of ignoring it. If you can develop the right methodology, approach and plan .... and if you have "something to offer" then it does do some good.

For me ... I've not got "something to offer", so it all falls a bit flat at that point. But you have.... your products!


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Mark Ewbie 6 months ago from Euroland Author

I checked him out - they are lovely pictures! Thanks for that, I will revisit his site sometime, really like what he does. All my efforts are going into Zazzle product currently - accessible and fun drawings for mugs and tees. It might make some money - time will tell!


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Jewels 6 months ago from Australia

If you have enough stick figure cartoons, you could do a Michael Leunig. Mind you, he's a professional cartoonist with a huge following - his messages hit the mark all the time. Though the FB page was set up by a fan who just posts his cartoons from his website. It became so big Michael Leunig himself met the girl who hosts the FB page.


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Mark Ewbie 6 months ago from Euroland Author

Thanks Jewels. My problem was treating it as a quick win game rather than buying into it, taking time, putting some effort in. Using it as it is supposed to be used - that might be the lesson.


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Jewels 6 months ago from Australia

You've hit the nail with this one! FB can be a great platform - not for writing or selling views so much, but for getting an audience. Just takes persistence and finding the right audience. They say it takes 3 years to get a business up and running. Same could be said for social media presence.


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Mark Ewbie 6 months ago from Euroland Author

Maybe it was a full moon the other side of the world - not sure if that can happen. I have little time for social really - trying to make some money!


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Sherry Hewins 6 months ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Last Friday was Friday the 13th. I noticed a lot of people were reposting something about what a crazy night it was going to be, because it was also a full moon. I glanced at my calendar; according to it, that was not so. Later that evening, I went outside, and sure enough, it was only a half moon.

I wonder how many thousands of people thought it was a full moon, just because of FaceBook. What crazy rumor can we spread around? Hey, this could be fun!


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Mark Ewbie 7 months ago from Euroland Author

Hi Stacie. I wrote this when I was suffering from spam and be spammed overload. Seems Facebook is taking over the world.


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Stacie L 7 months ago

I don't use fb to socialize but to get attention to my various sites. I have not made any direct sales from fb views that I know of. I'm still on the fence about staying.

it seems that social selling is here to stay for the meantime.


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

I closed my Facebook account about a year ago. I am laughing over your drawings and descriptions of the merits of FB. Happy to share with others.


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Mark Ewbie 9 months ago from Euroland Author

Lol Wesman - always a treat mate. I wrote this years ago so have probably created a huge social network of my own now.

Oh. Just checked. I haven't.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 9 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

No offense, much - but cheers to you breaking a leg! ha!

Yes, total waste of time....except for maybe ten people I like, possibly two of those like me too.

Speaking of mental illness, damn, enough about the way I was forever using that place. I wonder if it had to do with all the drugs or something.

I get just as depressed forever working on something here, or anywhere else, for that matter. I've a new hobby, by the way, it's called 'making fun of vegans.' You could try that should you horribly break your leg. Last night I told a guy it was ridiculous to equate eating eggs with immoral abuse of chickens, and he promised to pee pee on me grave.


Annette from Canada 12 months ago

I joined FB about 5 years ago and lasted a month before I quit. It was nothing but notifications by FB about dozens of people I don't know wanting to me my friend. Plus all the friends and family that I want to talk to, I have their eMail addresses. I don't need a go-between. Since then, about twice a year, I get an eMail from FB saying they're sorry I'm having trouble logging in to my account. Something I've never done since leaving. I also feel that if they're are going to have a Like button, they should also have a Dislike button or it's totally meaningless. 375 likes, the rest of the FB world dislikes. :)


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letstalkabouteduc 12 months ago from Bend, OR

Love it! I recently left Facebook, too, and feel so liberated. I tried to comment and connect with folks on Facebook but found they just wanted to promote the image of themselves and their families. Too fake for me!


Jan Elmer 13 months ago

Great article. Spot on! I think Facebook is great for families to keep in touch over long distances. I can see the value in that. For entrepreneurs who don't have time to waste, it's better to read a new book, learn some new code, or join some meetups where you can interact with some real people and exchange ideas. Political posts and pet videos are a waste of time for me. But that's just my 2 cents worth.


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Oztinato 14 months ago from Australia

Hail Markus Ewbius

good stuff.

I wish I could understand it all but I don't even belong to facebook!

Glad to see you are sticking around HP.


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Farawaytree 14 months ago from California

Really good read!


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

OMG... I needed that. Thanks a million.


Jeremy 17 months ago

Excellent. Had me rolling around - especially the 'irritating mind pap' bit. Incidentally, I've just left Facebook and OMG... the relief!


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DzyMsLizzy 23 months ago from Oakley, CA

LOL! I have to agree to some extent...that being the pointlessness of trying to promote your other writing via any kind of social media site. It just doesn't work very well.

That said, I use it to stay in touch and see photos of family that is distant; we don't have video phones, so it's useful there. I can see what my grandson in the Army is up to.

I can see what my daughter and granddaughters are up to; ditto for my husband's son and grandson.

I can chat with some folks I've met on the site, and with whom I share common interests. We've become buddies, and if the opportunity arises, we would like to meet "IRL" as the FB/Internet shorthand goes.

I have also become quite a bit more politically active in my old age, and since I am unable to physically join marches, or what have you, I share posts on FB that are aimed at educating folks about the travesties going on in our government.

That is how I use the site. And yes, I play a few silly games there as well. So, I'll be staying, but I don't let it monopolize my day. I did recently leave a group whose mission I supported, but the quantity of posts on their page was totally over the top, and the constant obliteration of the left side of my page with each "update notification" got spammy. (Why does FB feel the need for those pop-up notices, anyway? They already appear under the 'notifications' icon at the top. The duplication and intrusive interruptions are annoying!)

That's my 1 cent worth...


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I don't mix around with fb or twit, just share the link, people over there are a bunch of nonsense


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baja2013 3 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

You make me deactivate my account :)

Huge waste of time, and nothing to learn. Earning not to mention it.

Thanks for hub!


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

Mark, I may soon be joining you as a Facebook exile. It is an absolute waste and my Google Analytics prove it. What really bugs me is that even though I give people my business page, they still want to "friend" me on my personal page. Bleck!

So glad one of my hubber pals shared your page. Love the cartoon giggles!


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland Author

I may have gone overboard with that idea!


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MarieAlana1 3 years ago from Ohio

This is a funny hub! I like the idea of drawng stick people for the pictures.


Zach 3 years ago

Love it!!!! Well said. I got rid of my account a few yrs ago.

Zach

Atlanta, GA


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Reverence 3 years ago

My pleasure. And on the note of giving up, I can't say I don't find myself drifting on there every once in a while, however my expectations are not high.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland Author

Thanks for commenting Reverence and yep, that sounds about right. My problem is I still haven't completely given it up.


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Reverence 3 years ago

Seeing as that I myself am a teenager, I couldn't agree more with the fact that Facebook is a complete waste of time. When browsing on Facebook, your whole visit is compiled of drama, kids posting how useless their life is, or someone complaining about something. I don't know if that's for everyone but coming from a small town that's about 90% of what I get anytime I log onto Facebook.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland Author

Nice one Smithy....


Smithy 3 years ago

Interesting article. I deleted all my FB friends and deactivated my account yesterday, been 24 hours and i feel great. :) Should have done it along time ago.


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livewirez 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

For me using Facebook is not just a waste of time. I use Facebook to communicate with my Family from abroad. On the other hand, if you just simply use Facebook to play games then that I think would be a waste of time.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland Author

Funnily enough since writing this I seem to have spent MORE time on FB. Hard habit to break.


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drpennypincher 3 years ago from Iowa, USA

I think whether FB is a waste of time depends on what you want to get out of it. If you WANT a diversion, or to connect with people in a social network, it's pretty efficient at those things. If you're trying to publish and develop a following- not so much.


Educateurself 3 years ago

If once you sign in then you will gone in another world and you will like and like and like pages and post comments................

By the way nice article


Basics 3 years ago

It is madness. You want to know what else is madness? Every site has an administrator. They see what you do, so, they can change your stats or anything they want.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland Author

Einstein was a pretty smart sort of guy! I guess FB suits some people. It doesn't work for me. As for personal information - making it feely accessible on the web - that is madness.


Basics 3 years ago

It is reported that Einstein said "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." Although this is disputed that he said this, it does hold some truth about the way the social media affects or interaction today.


Basics 3 years ago

O_O Now that is the trouble. People with those fake IDs on FB, or any other site for that matter, are sometimes predators. That is one reason I don't use the accounts or give out my information.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland Author

I didn't know that but maybe that was clearing out some deadwood. A significant percentage of their users are fake IDs. I have one or two myself.


Basics 3 years ago

Did you know, that in December of 2012, FB lost 1.4 million users? However, that's less than 1 percent of FB. It is really sad how many people there are on FB, and the numbers are still growing.


Basics 3 years ago

You might be right.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland Author

I think Nicomp was joking. As for the wedding dude - that is where serious FB insanity is taking place. Or maybe it is the new normal - we need to tell everyone everything we do?


Basics 3 years ago

@nicomp "I just tweeted that I quit Facebook. Then I instagrammed a photo of myself quitting FaceBook. . Then I wrote an article about it on Squidoo. After that I logged on to Zynga and played Words with friends against myself on my smart phone." Seriously? Is that what you do all day? You really need to calm down on those time wasters. Why don't you do something else like go outside and have a breath of fresh air?


Basics 3 years ago

Basically, FB and other sites are real time wasters and addicting. For example, a man at his wedding just HAD to go on FB and update his stats. He couldn't wait after his wedding? SHEESH!


Motown2Chitown 4 years ago

nicomp....HAHAHAHA!


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

I just tweeted that I quit Facebook. Then I instagrammed a photo of myself quitting FaceBook. . Then I wrote an article about it on Squidoo. After that I logged on to Zynga and played Words with friends against myself on my smart phone.


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Distant Mind 4 years ago

I don't have a Facebook and I'm planning to keep it that way. I have never had a personal social networking account in any network exactly because they are a waste of time. I don't want to see everybody's mundane life and "funny" likes. I know it might be hurting my options for self promotion, but I'm sure that search engine traffic is the decisive factor. I don't want to market myself to my friends anyway, I want to maket myself to people that are interested in the topics I write about.


Charlotte 4 years ago

The shackles are finally off. I have left facebook. A social sewer which sucks you in, then poisons your mind. Ahhhhh freedom!


saira 4 years ago

fb is just a time waste


caldersocmedia 4 years ago

Amen, and AMEN!! I have had a FB account for about 4 years now, and I spend perhaps a total of 1 hour a week on FB now, if I'm lucky. And I think that is probably due to habit. Really, what do I miss by not being engaged in FB? Nothing. Do I really think I have anything of importance in my personal life that MUST be shared with the FB world? No. I'm with you; I would much prefer to spend that time writing and perfecting my writing as well as concentrating on my business and marketing studies. Well said!!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia

I can definitely relate to this. I don't have a whole lot of traffic flow from posting things I've written on facebook. It's more of a tool for me to check up on old friends. Yes, it's always better when others 'like' your writing instead of spamming it randomly. I voted this interesting.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Thanks tsarnaudova. If people like my stuff then THEY can share it - seems to make a lot more sense than me spamming 24/7.

If they don't like it then there's no point in me spamming it.


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tsarnaudova 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

My opinion about F is same. And I am glad that finally someone wrote straight about this.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

If I were a psychological analyst or something it would be very interesting to understand that need to share every little detail, and play straight into the marketing guys hands.

On the other hand, I suppose at least it means the ads might have some relevance...


David 4 years ago

Of course it is a waste of time, unless you work for Facebook or plan on owning shares. It's a con. You share your info and they sell it, like Google. People are gullible and their egos are vulnerable--it's what keeps Facebook and most consumerism profitable. Who in marketing doesn't think anyone can be manipulated to want something they don't need?


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

The thing about the writing groups too is that often you are supposed to only share hubs by group members who are active. Well, that's a small number of people. Most of the hubs I see should be read by more people are not by active members. And well, people go ballistic on the site too-especially when you don't respond to them. So you block them.


AEvans 4 years ago

Sometimes we have to be careful about what we wish for. lolo! What I like about FB is when people share there work, I can go and read. :) It just takes time on FB to build the momentum. :)


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Hi AE, thanks. The really funny thing is that since I wrote this I have spent MORE time on FaceBook.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I am enjoying myself more, when I can get links to hubbers work instead of trying to dig through a maze. I have spent countless hours looking for fun things to read and yours as so much spunk,life and personality. I also enjoy your stick people, I really truly do! Thumbs up! :)


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

I think you have some fair points MT... if you have the time. I'll reserve judgement on traffic. My feeling is that for me, I need to constantly work on my 'offering' in the hope that one day a casual visitor might choose to share it naturally.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I used to think that Facebook was a waste of time too - I don't want to share what I had for breakfast, and don't care what time everyone goes to bed. I wasted a lot of time on the games there. I stopped using it for a long time, but now that we have a group of hubbers together, I find it is really helpful to read other hubs and get them to read mine. I get revenue when they read my hubs, and that makes Google think that they must be a really good hub, which gets even more traffic here. Plus, I can always learn something when I read other hubs, even if it is how not to write a hub.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Yes, much cooler... lol. Apple, Google and now FaceBook - it's hard to retain that "we're on your side" thing. Still Nike and Coke keep on selling.

Seriously, I'm now beginning to feel more and more spied on each time I search or like stuff.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Don't worry: Facebook will get much better when it goes public, thereby becoming beholden to shareholders and falling under the boot of multinational governments and landing in the cross-hairs of well-meaning lawsuits brought by legions of lawyers.

It will be way cooler.


Motown2Chitown 4 years ago

But, I can say this. HP writers' groups on Facebook are still nothing more than social networking groups. We share our works with each other, and in some cases it's nice because folks in the group on Facebook may not necessarily be our followers - so we get new readers. BUT, overall, it doesn't make a huge difference traffic wise.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Ah yes, I guess that does make a difference ... we're nice peeps on HP.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Ah, my bad. I said "writer's group"... I should have said "HubPages writer's group". There's a small difference I suspect. Not that I belong to any writer's groups.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

I'm never sure about writer's groups ...

I tend not to join things like that as I believe that if you are any sort of artist it is very difficult not to be either secretly jealous of another's work or secretly censorious. Some cannot keep it secret ... and few have the gift of truly 'constructive' criticism.

I used to work in the artist colonies of Cornwall ... and generosity and magnanimity were very thin on the ground.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Once a week I guess?

In a bizarre twist I was invited to yet another 'writers' group today. I say invited. It just sort of happens and then you are in.

I'm just going to let it ride but not join in anymore.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Originally, I joined FB to keep in touch with my high school friends who live far enough away that I would need to call long distance to talk to them. And my friends have moved all over the world. Somehow I ended up friending people who live here in Chilliwack too. (Why?) I try to spend no more than 1/2 hour total on Facebook each day. I notice that some people post every few minutes. Others post once a week. Guess which kind I prefer?


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Angie - nice blog. You have been busy!

Cardisa, yep I was serious. Need a picture with my serious face. I need to crack on with some hard work, instead of sitting waiting for messages on FaceBook.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I swear Mark,I think you are actually serious! But I have no problem with that. I just wrote on another hub that I don't like FB at all. The only reason I used it in the first place is to keep in touch with my brothers who seem to like it and more recently, my hub friends. I get to hang with them outside of HP and it can be fun.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Hi web-tools, I'm going to see how long I can avoid it and how many messages I have awaiting my attention when I go back. At least half of those messages will be "lolol".

Thanks Keri. You're not missing out. Well, maybe if you want to see pictures of people's cats, sometimes with writing on, or those phrases like "today is the first day of whatever". I must stop being sarcastic.


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Keri Summers 4 years ago from West of England

A welcomingly (is that a word?) honest hub. Every now and then I wonder if I'm missing out by not being an FB person. You've set my mind at rest for another few months.


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web-tools 4 years ago from New Delhi

right said, its waste of time, i have more than 200 friends, as soon i login, people trying to chat with me, if you don't reply, they mind it. i would not go to facebook now.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Hi Angie. That pruning is a great idea. I'll read your page in a minute. Promise.

Thanks for not putting a link on, it always makes me think "oh yeah, that's why they made a comment"

Genuine FB use, friends and family, I have no problem with that. In fact I have no problem with people doing what they want with it. For me though, it's just a false waste of time. That's probably a failing on my part. Well hey... whatever.

Edit: I can't find it. Put a link on!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi Mark - I'm a member of FB so that I can keep in some sort of contact with my daughter and grand-daughters in the Caribbean. I also put my hubs on my page but I doubt few people read them from there.

I even, radically, unfriended all the people that I either did not really know, or who I had actually lost touch with. It left me with 13 true family and friends. Not really what FB wants of me, I know ... but what the hell ... it felt honest.

I wrote a rant about this 'pruning' on my blog but I won't bother putting a link here as I know you won't read it ...


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I'm a member of "Facebook", but I hardly ever use it. The whole idea of sharing details of your life with strangers, and pretending to be interested in theirs, just leaves me cold.

It is heartening to see that someone is prepared to burst that bubble.

Best success to you.


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santhosh8611 4 years ago from Bangalore

FACEBOOK is really a waste of time. As per my view FB is not really a social networking website. They developed it to meet there requirement and not the people. Just for revenue, money making fb is useful other than that its just a media to communicate each other. No privacy and main thing is nower days facebook is getting hacked and unfortunately many of my friends account has hacked and information has been taken and some illegal post has been published. People out there pls change the password for every once in a week and change to secure mode that is https in privacy settings.


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Hi melafx - I might have more attention if I spammed my FB with it. Truth is - I cba. Good points about privacy and marketing.

I'm not really into SEO either FH, but Google is still where it's at as far as I'm concerned. At least I don't have to make friends with the search engine.


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The Finance Hub 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Honestly, I have found that Facebook is truly a waste of time, I get much better results from real SEO methods like link building through articles ect... Great hub, voted up and interesting and I hope that you will enjoy mine as well!


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melafx 4 years ago from Portugal

i wonder you don't already have dozens of comments and critics here??? well i give mine, i quitted facebook 2 weeks ago, lol, what a coincidence, to you post this hub... the reasons i cancel my account were: time wasting and above all the rape to my privacy. you may say " but you turn edit your privacy and turn off all the stuff", but it's funny , then why is it the default privacy options allow your friend's friends to check you profile?

vote up and usefull


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

There's an irony in the Share Ian, and I thank you for that. Very interesting comment, thanks for that as well.

Sunnie. I am not a 'genuine' user. It was purely for spamming I joined, purely for self marketing. I can see reasons why people would use it for family contact, photos and so on.

It is also, unfortunately, a pernicious time waster. It gradually invades your life so you have to check, have to respond, have to like and have to share.

Ok, for those that are happy doing it. For me, I just think it is a better use of my time to write articles or improve my older ones.

Or talk to my 'real' family!


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

If you don’t mind, I will make a very boring and long comment substantiated with some facts about Face book I just learnt awhile ago when I was researching for the benefits of Facebook. Hope everyone bears with my comment.

According to Nielsen’s “State of the Media report I read on-line a while ago, and if I can remember right it was the report was titled, The Social MediaReport,” social media accounts for 22.5 percent of the time that Americans spend online, compared with 9.8 percent for online games and 7.6 percent for email. That makes social media the No. 1 specific category and the No. 2 category overall,behind the other ways in which Americans pass their time online which includes (unsurprisingly) browsing adult content, onlineshopping, and reading about topics like sports or health. This statistics is for the USA alone. What if the world over is included? Woh! I can’t imagine now.

The report found that Facebook is the top social media brand that Americans choose to spend (or waste) their time with. During the time, when Nielsen compiled its report, Americans spent 53.5 billion minutes on Facebook’s site from computers at home and work—up 6 percent from a mere 50.6 billion minutes in May 2010.

After Facebook was Google’s Blogger, at 723.8 million minutes; Tumblr, at 623.5 million minutes; Twitter, at 565.2 million minutes; and finally, LinkedIn, at 325.7 million minutes.

The report also made note of some differences between the sexes in their online habits. Nielsen found that Facebook reaches 70 percent of active Internet users in the United States, 62 percent of which were female. In addition, more women than men watched video clips on blogs and social networks, but men streamed more videos and spent more time watching them than women did.

With that information on hand, I totally agree with you that Face book is a real time waster. To what extent? One has to answer this him or herself…It not wrong usinf face book. Infect it is one of the best medium for doing business or other important personal things. Yet if not used properly can be a greatest time waster.

This is a useful hub and I am voting it up..up..up and sharing with my FB friends.

Cheers

Ian


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I keep Facebook as my kids post all the grandkids pictures there. It is sort of like texting. I never wanted to text. I also realized if I did not learn to text, there would be rarely any calls...I know sad...maybe a little exaggerated but any way...then came Facebook. I love seeing everyone but I am finding I am on information overload. I deleted my account once but got back on a few months later...not sure what I will do. Feeling a bit like that now...I asked my kids would you just send the pictures to my email as attachments...everyone appears so busy but at the same time so much time to write on Facebook. Oh and... Why do we need to put where we are 24 hours a day...I may want to do something in secret. I swore I would not post my whereabouts. Pet peeve of mine I guess and what did I do..."Beautiful day I am going walking!" I just broke my own rule!...I am slowly turning into a Facebook rat...I must do something quick or it may be too late...

Thanks Mark


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland Author

Thanks guys for comments.

I joined it for shallow self centred reasons, and am going to (try to) ignore it for the same reasons.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I have to agree with you, to some extent. I like the pics; most of the copy on Facebook I could live without. It's very much people's day-to-day lives. Which is interesting if it's a far away relative, or friend you haven't seen since high school, or something. Not too riveting if it's a total stranger we're talking about here.


Motown2Chitown 4 years ago

It's really all about having nothing else to do...lol Although, I read a lot of hubs I wouldn't have otherwise peeked at because someone shared them on Facebook. Definitely an acquired taste. :)


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I swear, I can't believe you have no comments. So here's one....I agree with you about face book. Ha ha.

Now hubbers are different. So far, I have found that intellect has nothing to do with being popular.

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