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Re: Perlmonks facebookers, untie! You have nothing to loose but your bonds!

by ysth (Canon)
on Nov 11, 2007 at 19:39 UTC ( #650168=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Perlmonks facebookers, untie! You have nothing to loose but your bonds!

What's facebook?

(That's only partially a joke question; I've heard of it but never so much as typed the word before. I guess my question is: what do benefit do you get from it?)

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Re^2: Perlmonks facebookers, untie! You have nothing to loose but your bonds!
by runrig (Abbot) on Nov 11, 2007 at 21:43 UTC
    I'm wondering that too. I went ahead and just joined facebook (a friend sent me an invite), and I joined linked-in a while ago. I still don't "get" what they're for. People I don't know from work (it's a big company) keep sending me whatever it is you send on linked-in, I accept the thing-a-ma-jigs from friends and other people I know, and it's supposed to be a good thing to build up your # of contacts. But I don't know what the purpose is. My friend said it's to keep in contact with people, but I already do that with friends and other people that I know. I suppose there's less of a chance that I will lose contact with some people, and I might find someone that I lost contact with, I dunno, maybe that's about it.

      To name a couple: Some use the built-in blog functions to chronicle their doings and goings-on. Others use the spam functions like myspace's 'bulletins' to harass multiple people at a time. It's a simple way to share photos & vids. Just making myself available has provided quite a few business opportunities. For all the silliness, there's quite few useful things.

      I'm using Linked-In as a way to remember to keep in contact with people from previous groups and jobs. Every month or so, I review my connections there and send off a few e-mails to check in with people. In a way, I guess it's an address book, but the nice part is that people there keep their own contact info updated for me. If a former co-worker changes jobs and home city, they update their info and I can easily contact them.
        I'm a big fan of LinkedIn, as I got my current job through networking that I did on LinkedIn. I'm on Facebook, but mostly for the "social" aspect, although I'm rarely logged on. Mostly, I'm on these social networking sites to help people find me.

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