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I find this system
purposeful, versatile, and relatively easy and consistent to
I appreciate its menu-driven
functions, and enjoy its civilized and serious blogs.
It's fairly easy to set up
notification filters, so my mailbox isn't flooded with
Linked in is well suited to
purposeful people with full schedules—professionals,
businesspeople, educators, and the like, who have serious
objectives to meet, and who have little taste for idle gossip
or time to waste on foolishness.
What I dislike are the frequent
pitches to upgrade, from free to paid service. This is a
network for business people. But my "business" (Fourth
R Practical Philosophy) is purely philanthropic. It
is a public service, takes in no money, and thus does not
justify paying for extras.
I have an account, but
friends from long ago can locate me on line.
Facebook is enormously popular,
even among people with little other affinity for computers or
Internet. So, when asked to create a website for my high
school graduating class, I also established a personal Facebook account
to facilitate reconnecting with classmates who'd fallen out of
However, I dislike the
- I dislike
always having to re-learn how Facebook works. It seems
that each time I sign on, it works
differently. Perhaps I should sign on more often?
Nah, that would only make me more disgusted with the other
things I dislike about it.
- I dislike
Facebook's claim to ownership of my intellectual
property, so I do very little posting there.
- I dislike its
incessant, mind-numbingly trivial "notifications" of
"updated status," "comments on status," etc. I'm not that nosy
or lacking for things on which to fritter away my time; I have my own life to
- I dislike broadcasting personal messages.
Want to tell / ask me something? Email me.
(Access email via the "Contact Owner"
link at the top of this website's Main page.)
- I'm not into "friendships"
arranged by a mechanized advertising medium ostensibly on my behalf.
I've no interest
whatsoever in this minimalist, fact-free, conspiracy
In my view, Twitter's
140-character limit (upped to 280 characters in 2017) is for nit-twits. I'm a philosopher:
I think in sentences of 140 words!
Maybe if I were fighting street battles somewhere, or
aligned with some fringe ideology, I'd
find Twitter handy for something. Why do I bother to
mention it, if I don't have an account? Because I
respect that your time might be no less valuable than mine, so
I'm doing you the favor of letting you know not to waste it looking for me
BBS, Usenet, electronic chat
Great social media for
shut-ins and shift-workers.
I got started in computer chat and bulletin board systems
while recovering from a surgery in the late 1980s, on this
Commodore-only system. Q-Link was bought out (and
dismantled) by AOL a few years later. But while it was
active, I made a number of friends, with some of whom I'm
still in touch.
I went to General Electric's online system for a few years,
until it, too, faded out, a victim of the "free"
I made a few lasting friends there.
When I signed up with AT&T as my Internet provider, its
service package included access to Usenet / Newsnet, which I
both enjoyed and endured for a number of years, until this
part of AT&T's service was phased out. I've since
discovered an alternative. (See
- Internet Relay Chat:
After departing GEnie, I migrated to the non-proprietary
Internet Relay Chat. It was a fun way for a night-worker
/ day-sleeper to waste a lot of time with folks from all over
the world. But as life goes on, time seems to become
more precious, so I seldom visit IRC anymore, and have pretty
much forgotten most of the commands.