Facebook Fascination

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Facebook 1.35 BILLION active users, 72% of adults are on Facebook once a month, active daily users 864 million. What is the draw? How come we spend so much time on that site? Whole communities are alive and are busy every day. Some of our friends there are more real than the ones in real life. Is it because we can really be what we want? Share as much or as little as we want to? Express ourselves? Get validation from people when we don’t get it that much from the world around us?

MySpace once the juggernaut of social media now is a music sharing social network. Google + seems to not really encourage social interaction that I can see. Many other social networks have sprung up and yet Facebook remains the standard and the leader. Even after policies which have made it less social, the pushing of Fan pages which really are worthless in a social environment. People who at one time could be their pets or other characters must now use their “real” names. Never mind that most of them are made up. Some can have three or four in their “real” names just by changing them around a bit and getting a new email account.

Since going public with shareholders the advertising has really run amok. Posts pop up in the middle of news feeds selling things that Facebook from watching you thinks you want. It is all getting a bit creepy really. My news now is coming from “pages” that I have no idea who is behind them. Pages allow people to hide behind them. You can say or insinuate anything you want to from a page. The truth usually has nothing to do with it. Hideous things are on pages but because of “free speech” they are allowed to infiltrate the Facebook experience.

Bullies do what ever they want, attack anyone they want, take pictures from peoples profiles and use them without any permission. I will no longer publish any pictures of myself as they have been used to attack me. It has happened to several of my friends as well. Nothing is done.

Sooner or later there will be another social network. One where once again we can be social unmolested by people that get their kicks from denigrating others. Remember when AOL was the only browser around?? It is only a matter of time before Facebook is challenged. I doubt they really care. They now have their advertising engine which will keep chugging around with or without most of us. Younger people are already leaving in droves for Snapchat, Instagram and others. It will be very interesting to see what the future brings.

By Gale A. Molinari

Sharing my views on just about everything that enters my mind. Fasten your seatbelts it is going to be a bumpy ride. I am just a lady of a certain age somewhere between the dinosaurs and stalactites. Musing over lessons learned and sharing those with others. I really am interested in your views on what I write so fire away and thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. https://wordpress.com/stats/galemolinari.wordpress.com this is my poetry blog perhaps you would enjoy that too!!

12 comments

  1. I too have had pictures stolen from social media sites and then photo edited by trolls to make me look idiotic, or stupid. This is definitely the work of narcissists who unlike the rest of the human race don’t like to see people happy, or attractive.

    Facebook used to be a place for fun and interaction with our friends, a fantasy place to let yourself go and be anything you want. Now its a place for Drama queens and sociapaths who look for their prey on these sites. Not only is it not fun, you have to watch your back and those of your friends, who may be in the firing line of these evil bitches.

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    1. It is really unfortunate that you have to watch everything you post. If I had children it would really bother me. A lot of people post their and other children publicly. Kind of like hanging out a a sign Pedophiles welcome. The privacy setting for children should automatically default to family or friends only. People also don’t realize that if you make friends of friends it can go anywhere. Pretty frightening.

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      1. Agreed 100%, i have seen childrens pictures openly posted on facebook and social media sites without a thought. Some of them in swimming trunks and costumes. A haven for paedophiles if would say . These people are irresponsible and are putting their family images out there for ridicule or even worse.

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  2. Reblogged this on marilynmunrow and commented:
    I too have had pictures stolen from social media sites and then photo edited by trolls to make me look idiotic, or stupid. This is definitely the work of narcissists who unlike the rest of the human race don’t like to see people happy, or attractive.

    Facebook used to be a place for fun and interaction with our friends, a fantasy place to let yourself go and be anything you want. Now its a place for Drama queens and sociapaths who look for their prey on these sites. Not only is it not fun, you have to watch your back and those of your friends, who may be in the firing line of these evil bitches.

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  3. I too have had pictures stolen from social media sites and then photo edited by trolls to make me look idiotic, or stupid. This is definitely the work of narcissists who unlike the rest of the human race don’t like to see people happy, or attractive.

    Facebook used to be a place for fun and interaction with our friends, a fantasy place to let yourself go and be anything you want. Now its a place for Drama queens and sociapaths who look for their prey on these sites. Not only is it not fun, you have to watch your back and those of your friends, who may be in the firing line of these evil bitches.

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  4. Facebook is so big that it rolls on down the hill, like you say, Gale. But it will feel the loss when the newer generations don’t even sign up and the older generations stop using it. Kind of like the five and dime, network TV, daily newspapers …

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    1. It really is eventually going to happen most of the users are older and are interested in socializing. Facebook is making that more and more difficult and complicated. Sooner or later there will be something new just like there was with MySpace. A lot of the users now were old Myspace users. Why Google hasn’t woken up to the possibilities is puzzling.

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  5. Such a good blog, as usual. Trolls and bullies thrive on facebook sites now. Facebook cant or wont be bothered to police their own sites. I think that the law needs to be given more powers to enable the police to prosecute and imprison harassers on the internet.

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