Actually, the extracts someone (sorry, it's been snipped who, by this
point in the thread) came from Twitter, not FB, but IKWYM.
Post by John Ashby Post by Mike Post by Jenny M Benson Post by Mike
That’s rather too close by an extremely long chalk on a pole to my way of
thinking - there be dragons...
That is very much my attitude to FB, however I fear that that was
probably very much the attitude of many people - especially those of my
current age - when telephones were a relatively new thing. I don't like
to think of myself as an old stick-in-the-mud trying to live in the past
so I have to keep wondering if I ought to make more effort to overcome
my aversion to FB.
You have my thoughts exactly. (I. e., I wonder if I ought to.) Though my
having mostly held back is partly just a fear it would swallow up all my
time, as well as the technical matter below, and _not_ the actual
_aversion_ I detect among many non-users: I can see it brings a lot of
enjoyment to a lot of people, and I _don't_ have anything against that.
(All the general snootiness about social media, I dismiss: I'm sure it
_is_ what you make of it. Like newsgroups.)
[I say I've _mostly_ held back: I do have a Facebook "account" (is that
the right word?), because I once wanted to post in a "group" (ditto?)
there, and it seemed I had to get one to do so.]
Post by John Ashby Post by Mike
Sometimes, aversions are based on good, solid and sensible
And where's Sebastian when you need him to remind you what they are?
Yes, I miss Sebastian for lots of reasons; his expertise on many
computing matters, I'm a Germanophile (and he is from "my" part of
Germany or not far from it), and just generally a nice guy.
[If someone knows he's alive and well and living on Facebook, please
don't say (-:!]
The technical problem I have with Facebook: I just can't grasp how it
_works_ on a PC (and haven't tried on a 'phone); my mind likes to work
in a fairly linked or branching manner, and the typical Facebook page -
when I've looked at one - seems to go all over the place. (Oh, and keeps
loading for ever.) It's not just the top-posting (latest at the top)
aspect - I've learnt to live with that on Twitter (though would love not
to); it seems a lot more chaotic.
(I joined Twitter originally, about February last year I think, under
the impression it might help my petition [it didn't, though probably
partly because I didn't know how, and hadn't got followers]. I've stayed
with it, though. And it has the ability to swallow all my time, hence my
concern over FB.)
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A man is not contemptible because he thinks science explains everything, and a
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