The Curse of Facebook

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The Curse of Facebook

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I've made a 180 degree U-turn from thinking that FB is pure evil incarnate, to deciding it's quite useful/ pleasant for keeping in touch with fellow friends and paddlers.

I've set up a FB page to collate pics/ info etc on sea paddling in the SW...
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139419152740954

While we're at it, there are a few interesting/ useful FB pages out there for sea paddlers, e.g. PH's page...
http://www.facebook.com/PHSeaKayaks

Others???
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Agree fully - FB's evil is singularly impure ;-).
TBH the only page I've ever bumped into which is regularly and well updated and non-commercial is Surfers Against Sewage. Quite a bit on action days, local problems and developments. Most others don't seem regularly updated after an initial spurt of input; hope to find better ones from this thread, though...

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I'll never use FaceBook! I much prefere the 'unregulated' web space. I peer into this mainly through Twitter these days, most websites, commentators, etc that I'm interested in provide a Twitter feed with links back to a blog or website (even FB, but that's usually not too good) if need be. If it's not on Twitter then I won't see it. This saves an awful lot of time. Just a quick scan of Twitter from time to time is enough to keep in touch with things that interest me. I can also park long articles I want to read in depth later in Instapaper. This works on the work PC as well, which is handy.

'Watching' the Tour de France live yesterday on Twitter was as good as telly, almost, but it was super uptodate. All this can be done on most smartphones so no need to be tied to a desk or lug a laptop around with you.

The only 'website' I have to visit directly these days is this one :-)

So please hurry up and add a Twitter feed please! Even the Shetland Kayak Club has one, which is where I am now, enjoying the occasional sun but not the big winds :-(

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I have always thought of Facebook as a girly, pinky, silly idea with hundreds of unnecessary games. All for people who can't talk and tweet instead, but my co-workers made me sign up and I admit when used properly Facebook can be very useful and powerful networking tool and it certainly helps with being noticed.
So many thanks for creating the group, I've just joined and hope to stay in touch :)
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Facebook = a good way of staying in touch with friends and keeping up to date with what they are doing without really having to do very much. Also useful for those businesses who want to develop social networking as part of their marketing strategy, like Tilley and Pesda Press.

Linkedin = a professional networking tool.

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adi2410355 wrote:I have always thought of Facebook as a girly, pinky, silly idea
You won't be wanting me to send you a cuddly hug bunny then? And I guess there's no chance you'll want to play at make-believe fish tanks with me, either?

I'm just going to see how the SWSK Facebook page will work out. I'm hoping folk will post up photos/links etc when they've been out paddling, and if it gets just two paddlers meeting together in the SW, it won't have been a futile exercise.
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The "Hide" facility is the world's greatest invention on F/book - no longer am I bothered and bored witless with my friends farms, mafia wars, fishtanks, horoscopes or mystic meg posts!

I have, however, sent the occassional "heart" and "hug" - but very selectivly and no Mark, you're not getting one.

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SCA Touring are at http://www.facebook.com/SCA.Touring

All welcome. We are hoping it is going to be a useful and fun way to stay in touch.

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yeah, it is very useful! check my page out

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=1 ... age?ref=ts

and feel free to like it folks! :-)

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The SW Facebook group is going strong and seeing good use, I think it has proved useful to circulate news and info on SW paddling....
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528037799

Anyone want to set one up for Scotland? Wales? etc? Could be helpful.

Other useful groups...

Valley - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528037799

Rockpool - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1009388588

Tiderace- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1009388588
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An Anglesey-centric group here

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Facebook is for stalking ex girlfriends and being stalked by them...isn't it? I really don't get Twitter at all but do have the dubious 'honour' of being shown how to use it by Suzi and Ortis from the Gadget Show - indeed it was Twitter that was responsible for us ending up in such a fine restaurant in the first place. Bebo just sounded like something from teletubbies.
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snapper wrote:Facebook is for stalking ex girlfriends and being stalked by them...isn't it?
Funnily enough, only this week an ex-girlfriend of 20 years ago did exactly that. Nice to hear from her I guess, and it was oddly gratifying to see that she'd married a fat bloke.
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Mark R wrote:
snapper wrote:Facebook is for stalking ex girlfriends and being stalked by them...isn't it?
Funnily enough, only this week an ex-girlfriend of 20 years ago did exactly that. Nice to hear from her I guess, and it was oddly gratifying to see that she'd married a fat bloke.
Gratification is good but I have the opposite as well - my ex appears to be having a whale of a time kayaking around Shetland and doing a spot of fishing to boot. Neither of us kayaked and she didn't fish 14 years ago when we split up...irony perhaps?
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Accepting that you've got to take a proactive step to "like" them, it really does irritate me the way the commerical players are jumping on the social media bandwagon.

What is more irritating is that few of them have the integrity to allow any form of criticism of their products in the comments sections. Which, at worst, just produces a lot of sychophants and at best gives a highly squewed and biased sense of the products value / benefits / design.

To be expected of course.

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Kayak Kernow has a FB page - useful for planning trips between us, and posting photos, blogs and videos for all to see. Works well, and we have over 100 friends now, from all over the world.
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Surf Kayak Scotland http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=1 ... 4338799547 can be found on facebook.

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The answer to the curse of facebook is to use a pseudonym ,as I do , its that simple . I ve got no desire to meet the old schoolmates , girlfriends or colleagues , and that way can avoid the hassle and paddle instead

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I assessed a stranger for a job last week, they didn't get it.

Since then this person has tried twice to 'friend' me. Odd and slightly unsettling, I guess these new ways of social networking come with as yet undefined 'rules' of interaction.
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Rules of friendship online is a strange one! I have had complete strangers try to add me on facebook I ignore them. I have also been added by folk that only know me through my online persona and I have accepted those facebook friendships quite happily.
However I have met up with complete strangers arranged via PMs and postings on this and other forums. I recently enjoyed a surf session with one such stranger however after having met this same stranger several times now I guess he is no longer a stranger..... Nobody has tried to steal me or my identity from these interactions.

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- This is right on the money, but I still generally love FB. The SWSK group has been especially useful for collating a whole load of SW info just for those specifically interested in the region - otherwise I'd be swamping this forum with minutae about Cornish fishing fleets and suchlike...
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=1 ... all&ref=ts
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I only got a FB account because I do a fair bit of contract work, and everyone was telling me that employers like to check out candidates FB profiles - so: it lists my real name, my qualifications and experience, and nothing else! I've zero friends (just like in real life LoL) and I check it at most every 6 weeks. If I get an "application" from an old acquaintance/colleague etc. I either ignore them, or subsequently contact them in the "real world" by email/phone.
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It's funny I was just about to sign up to facebook as most of my family are members, but then I thought it could open up a can of worms or friends from the past.........I declined
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It's possible to nail down all the security settings so that no one sees your account (or can even find it by searching) but chosen close friends/ family etc.
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Purely experimentally, I just set up a UK sea kayak FB group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/140240069430797/

I have no agenda here, I was simply surprised to see that one didn't exist yet.

Will be interesting to see how it pans out (if at all), as I don't intend to direct it or steer it in any direction; if it's anything like the UK FB groups for WW, then commercial posting will feature heavily.
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Mark R wrote:
Will be interesting to see how it pans out (if at all), as I don't intend to direct it or steer it in any direction; if it's anything like the UK FB groups for WW, then commercial posting will feature heavily.

Must admit to this being my current pet peeve atm.

As a paddler I join various groups and people of interest, when an event or sale is on it gets posted to most of these groups and you end up what feels like being spammed by a company trying to use FB to market ( Badly) since each post is forwarded into my wall and you end up with 20 posts all saying the same thing on the same day, ( I am thinking on a particular event that's doing a good job in spamming ATM) why they don't just make one post every other day or week for that matter rather than constant posting in a vain hope that it will get that one or two more to come/buy at the expense of pissing everyone else off

In fact the use of FB to market is all wrong its not there to sell on its there to connect to customers to interact with them not to give you a direct link to try and sell them something, if they post on your wall reply if they ask a question reply, if you have a event tell us , don't be thinking we want to hear about the said event every day for the 3 month run up to it, ( I get it) ( I know its on ) ( post one more time and I am not coming) ( ok Not coming Now) ( don't you read ? stop spamming I am not coming)

anyway part of this rant or point as I like to call it it is, if your in charge of this new FB group then why allow any commercial posting at all,
is there a need for Bill Bobs Canoe Shop posting to tell you they are giving 10% off this weekend, they will say they are providing a service I say your spamming if we are interested then we will join Billy Bobs canoe shop FB page if not Billy Bob should keep his head down and only interact as a normal member of the page,
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I recently deleted pretty much all my friends on facebook in an attempt to cut down on time i spend staring at nothing.
I have kept my account and visit it regularly mainly to catch up on kayaking news.

http://www.facebook.com/palmequipment - palm
http://www.facebook.com/canoeandkayak - canoe and kayak magazine
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ZET-Kayak ... 3665515156 - zet kayaks
http://www.facebook.com/PyranhaKayaks - pyranha kayaks
http://www.facebook.com/kayaksession - kayak session magazine
http://www.facebook.com/tribeHQ - Tribe rider
http://www.facebook.com/BombFlow - bomb flow
http://www.facebook.com/gopro - Gopro
http://www.facebook.com/watertech.kayaks - watertech kayaks
http://www.facebook.com/JacksonKayak - jackson kayaks
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Titan-Kayaks/109798758418 - titan kayaks
http://www.facebook.com/VentureKayaks -venture kayaks
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peak-Uk-Shop/88128532719 - peak uk shop
http://www.facebook.com/SweetProtection.Whitewater - sweet protection


If you "like" these pages you can pretty much get a minute by minute feed on what is going on in the kayaking world. new videos, gear, kayaks, offers...
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