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Old 06-06-2010, 06:34 AM   #1
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Social Networking and Twitter: NO THANK YOU

Just curious are there any other MR Komrades that are quite happy without any social networking...ie. Facebook, MySpace, etc..., Twitter.....



For myself email is mostly enough. I also work with Skype and talk to my family via Skype out because it is so cheap. But Social Networking.......

No thanks...

TWITTER.....TRIPLE NO thanx... For other people... I hope they enjoy it...If I have free time. I play Chess on-line....
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:39 AM   #2
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:59 AM   #3
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Just curious are there any other MR Komrades that are quite happy without any social networking...ie. Facebook, MySpace, etc..., Twitter.....
Yes, I'm content not to be socially networked.

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If I have free time. I play Chess on-line....
Which site, if you don't mind me asking?
I let my ICC account expire, currently trying to decide whether to renew, or go with FICS - any other good sites for chess?
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:02 AM   #4
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I use MSN, mostly to chat to my mother (who lives 3 countries away...) and sometimes my brothers (who live at the other side of the country). Never felt the need to visit any social network site. And I only see a purpose for twitter for companies that are pushing a product.

Oh, my "social network" are forums... I visit 2 daily.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:09 AM   #5
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Forums like this, and a handful of Yahoo groups, are as "social" as I get online.

I don't "text", either.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:35 AM   #6
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Several Twitter accounts all of which I deleted. Facebook, which I used three times then deleted. I'm just about to set up an identi.ca and I'll definitely be all over disapora* when it's released, but that is shaping up to be so much more than just a social networking site. As far as I can see, diaspora* might change the way we think about the web completely.

Also, Facebook is just beyond horrible when it comes to privacy.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:55 AM   #7
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Sparrow,

I highly recommend http://www.schemingmind.com/

A great site. It is based in England and run by Austin, who is a great chap. he keeps the site simple and most of the players are there to play chess, not chat about this and that. It is a correspondence chess site.

It costs only 10 quid a year and offers a lot of features. You can play ICCF games via Schemingmind.com.

It also specializes in Variants.. There of course is Chess 960 (Fisher Random Chess). In addition, you can play Shatranj...the prequel to chess, Makruk (Thai Chess) and many other variants. One called Alice Chess is like playing Chess from Star Trek.

I tend to play the traditional alternatives. Next year there are plans to add Shogi and Chinese Chess among other things.. Anyways..enuf of that rant...

Hidari.

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Which site, if you don't mind me asking?
I let my ICC account expire, currently trying to decide whether to renew, or go with FICS - any other good sites for chess?
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:57 AM   #8
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I use MSN, mostly to chat to my mother (who lives 3 countries away...) and sometimes my brothers (who live at the other side of the country). Never felt the need to visit any social network site. And I only see a purpose for twitter for companies that are pushing a product.

Oh, my "social network" are forums... I visit 2 daily.
I see how twitter could suck someone in.... But I barely have time to email much less do social networking and twitttttttting....
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:15 AM   #9
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I am up to my third iteration of Facebook, and may be about to shut it down again. The privacy aspect I am less worried about than I am that I find the UI so annoying. Mostly though, I am not that "social".

Twitter, I like. I follow comedians and some friends...some of them live-tweet shows I am watching, making them far more entertaining than they are (@benpobjie and #masterchef is great fun), and I can follow live-tweeting of shows by all via #hashtags (eg. #glee) and feel I am watching it with fellow enthusiasts, or cynical humourists, like having a witty conversation in your empty loungeroom. Comedians trying new material, or just letting their reactions show to current events, is enjoyable. I don't tweet much, I follow few people (70 or so, most of whom are mostly lurkers like me, them often friends and acquaintances), so I am not overwhelmed. I don't tweet my every thought and movement, though I am prone to bursts at times (often iphonographs, of sunsets and such). I like Twitter - I enjoy its limitations, its necessary succinctness (something contrary to my own nature, as perhaps you can tell). I only use it on my phone though - I generally never access it at my computer.

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Old 06-06-2010, 08:20 AM   #10
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I highly recommend http://www.schemingmind.com/
- I'll check it out.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:22 AM   #11
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I'm not socially networked either. Hell, I've got a pending friend request here on MR and I'm debating what to do with it. I don't even keep a consistent persona across various forums and other areas; I don't necessarily want my fanfic writing crossed with my online gaming and mixed in with my other hobbies. (If you're wondering, I'm some of the other Worldwalkers but not all of them; I am, however, the original as far as I know, unless you can date one to pre-1993)

I am frankly baffled by this modern urge to throw all the intimate details of one's life out there for all comers to paw over, and I'm boggled at the degree of conceit that is necessary to believe that anyone cares. But what really blows my mind is the idea that people will form social groups based on similar preferences in consumer goods. Seriously ... clothes? food? personal electronics? I'm not talking about support forums, or sharing of resources, or even discussion of content like MR ... it's the whole idea of "I like Pepsi, and you like Pepsi, so we should be friends." Is that what connections between people have come to? Nothing more profound than both buying things from the same company?
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:40 AM   #12
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A friend of mine insisted that I make a MySpace account. I've never had any interest in actually using it. Nor do I have the slightest inkling to use any of the other services. If I want to "network" with my friends I'll do it in person or over the phone.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:46 AM   #13
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MR is the closest I've come to a "social networking" site. I feel no need to advertise myself online - or to view others' self-advertisements. Twitter IMHO is a complete waste of time/air-space, whatever. I have limited time and carefully choose which sources of information, socializing, etc. I want to participate in. And I highly value personal privacy and common-sense approaches to privacy.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:30 PM   #14
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:41 PM   #15
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MR is the only "social" networking that I do.

It drives me crazy that people I barely know, or remember, track me down through my son's facebook page. Then he sends me their contact info for me to decide if I want to connect (which is starting to drive him crazy when he has to be the middleman). I never "befriend" or whatever. If people are my friends then we already have contact.
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