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@MarkyB21 (1545)
November 15, 2007 6:36am CST
I keep getting invitations from friends to social networking sites such as facebook and myspace but as yet I haven't bothered joining any. Do you use any of these networking sites? Would you recommend that I join? Why? I see these sites as something that I will have to spend a lot of time updating so I've avoided them. Am I right? Thanks for all your comments.
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21 responses
18 Nov 07
I'm a member of Bebo, Myspace and Hi5, but I really only use Bebo, as I think it is a lot more user-friendly, and a lot more of my peers use it. I think it's a great way to keep in touch with friends, and make new ones, too, and I wouldn't say I spend all day updating my profiles, either - I just log on to reply to comments every few days, and the rest of the time, I'm on here, lolz. I'd recommend that you join, actually, because you only have to log on when you want to, and you don't have to maintain it very much, either.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
18 Nov 07
Yes, actually I have a facebook and myspace accounts, also friendster. I believe that it's a good place to keep in and get in touch with some friends. You really dont' have to continuously update, just input whatever you like, visit now and again to see if you find any friends or so, you can update your space if you like but it's a requirement to update. Check it out, it's a good avenue to connect with all friends and make new ones.
@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
I have myspace, but I don't use it for networking as much ... mainly for the groups. I got involved in a few debate groups, and now keep going back to check on discussions, then get drawn into new ones, then go back to check those ... you get the idea. And one highpoint of myspace is the opportunity to connect with artists and others that you wouldn't normally be able to. I've been able to exchange a few words with a few of the people I admire ... Kevin Smith, Daz Sampson, Mike Shinoda (Fort Minor), Dusty from Sweatshop Union, Viv Savage, and other bands or musicians I've enjoyed. As for facebook, it's more personalized. The only people on my friends list are people I know in the real world. It's more of a place to connect with old school friends, old coworkers, etc, than a place to meet new people. I've found family members that I hadn't talked to in years, friends from elementary school ... etc. Facebook isn't as much 'networking' as it is reconnecting.
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• India
16 Nov 07
In India, orkut is more popular than any other social networking site. Through orkut I've found many of my school mates whose tracks i lost a decade before! now we are getting in touch like we used to do in our good old days. social networking is really helpful to find your lost friend. i wont agree you have to spend more time in these sites. its not a instant message kinda thing. so even if you check your profile once in a week or so, you will able to get in touch with your mates and can reply your status to them.
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
I use Friendster, Multiply and Facebook. I used to be on Myspace too but I deleted my account because I'm not really active there anyway. A lot of my friends are on Friendster so I use that to keep myself updated with what's going on with them even if it's just through their profiles and pictures. In Multiply, I upload my pictures there and it's more of a for-contacts-only thing. I don't really use it for the networking aspect; I use it more for the photo album function. As for Facebook, I use it more for the applications. I get to have fun with my friends here. I suggest you choose a site which fits your purpose for joining one. Like if you just want to be updated on your friend's lives, you can join the site that you know most of your friends are on. You don't even have to update the site regularly, only when you feel like it. After all, it's YOUR own personal site and you're free to do whatever you want with it.
@myrith (1830)
• Canada
15 Nov 07
I am a member of Myspace since 2005, and I find it to be a great place to hang out and meet new people, yes it takes much updating, but you have to do that to keep it fresh. I am constantly updating because nothing stays the same.I am not a member of facebook because all of those others are just copycats of Myspace.
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@ppcdude (151)
15 Nov 07
Facebook, Bebo, Myspace... yadda-yadda.. they're all the same really just a few different functions on each. If you want to waste your time on those sites go ahead. Pesonally I do not see the point of putting up yout whole life story on the net & boasting about how many 'friends' you have (lets face it, they're not REALLY your friends are they?) You're better off making friends down the pub, or out socialising, at least they are real people you can call your real friends!
@Duvessa (914)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Actually alot of the people (about 40%) on my myspace friends list ARE friends. They are people I know in real life & are people I've known online for years. So yes, they REALLY ARE my friends.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
15 Nov 07
To a certain extent I agree with your comments although I think that if I do decide to join one of these sites I would only use it to keep in touch with 'real' friends (i.e. people I have met in person).
@ppcdude (151)
15 Nov 07
Good for you Duvessa! You must be in the minority of people who ACTUALLY have REAL friends on there. I salute you & all your online pals.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
15 Nov 07
They're good for keeping in touch with old school mates, co-workers and things of that sort. That's about it. and No they don't take a lot of time to update at all. You really just fill out basics and then you never really have to log in again if you don't want.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
15 Nov 07
Thanks raychill - that really answers my question (and you didn't try to get me to join any sites!). Maybe I'll consider joining one of those sites after all.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I don't think there is a point in joining really unless you want to keep in touch with people. I have a myspace, but I rarely log on. I don't have a facebook because that's more for college people and I didn't go to college. Then Yuwie is the one that "earns you money" but from what I've heard from most people, it's not worth it at all.
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
15 Nov 07
Thanks! That's some really useful information.
19 Nov 07
I currently use LiveJournal and FaceBook to keep in touch with all my friends as they are scattered around the country and I don't get to see people as often as I would like. I generally log in once a day to catch up with gossip and chat to mates but apart from that I don't spend too much time, I find I don't need to.
@MarkyB21 (1545)
19 Nov 07
Thanks for your response - I guess I could manage logging in once a day!
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20 Nov 07
Thanks for the best response hun. I generally log into Facebook in the evening, to catch up with mates. Live Journal I usually update once a week as it is more a diary but also a way of keeping in touch with friends. Have fun
20 Nov 07
I used some for a while, but it gets so boring... what's the point talking to people you'll see in a days time? I use MSN for that... And to be honest, I think it's quite sad to make friends online who you then meet up with in real life and prefer real life socializing! People see the real you that way! My friends invite me, themselves changing their SN site of preference as with trends... But I really can't be bothered to make a new profile every month to talk to the same people every day.... and theres such a craze over who has the best profile, most friends, longest playlists... I find it ridiculous!
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
21 Nov 07
Thanks for your response - I feel much the same about these sites.
@lols189 (4797)
18 Nov 07
i am registered on facebook and it is a great site. it is a good way to keep in touch with friends
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
19 Nov 07
Thanks lols. I still haven't decided whether or not to join such a site - but I'm in no rush.
@Duvessa (914)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I have a myspace account but I don't use facebook. The whole point of these sites if so people can keep in touch with friends & make new friends. No if you joind you wouldnt HAVE to update them or spend alot of time on them, but you can if you want to. It's actually rather fun to be able to show your personality & express yourself in so many differnt ways.
@MarkyB21 (1545)
15 Nov 07
Thanks Duvessa - it's reassuring to hear that I wouldn't have to spend much time updating the site as I don't need the hassle!
@a1intnet (249)
• Mauritius
15 Nov 07
I almost deleted an invitation to FriendsWin but my curiosity (and addiction to Social Networking) got the better of me. Here what I found: FriendsWin is not only a social networking website, but also an area where friends help each other become successful. Wha FriendsWin has is a way to reward it's members for recruiting new members. They also give their paid affiliates a percentage of all sales that they generate. Friendswin affiliates get paid when someone joins as an affiliate under them or purchases any available products. In short, Friendswin is much more than just a social networking site. It is more like a CRM package that doesn't cost the earth. Here are a few of the perks you get as a paid affiliate: Reporting and Tracking features for your campaigns. Access to all your contacts via internal mail. Marketing tools. Commission Calculators. User Guides. Video Conferencing capabilities for you and up to 9 more people. Video resume. Video dating. Your own profile page that you can customise any way you want I'm hooked, and I'm making money for being a social networking junkie! t really is worth a look...... http://www.friendswin.com/join_inv.php?member_id=19829
@MarkyB21 (1545)
15 Nov 07
Thanks for posting a response although that's another site I won't be joining.
@dale_df (93)
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
Well, if you'd really like to interact with other people and earn at the same time then u shuld look into this. Just imagine if friendster, myspace, facebook and the like will give you $1 for every person u refer to their site, just how much money u can make. The problem is they don't. WHat im about to introduce to you is a social networking site that pays you $1 for every referral. Check out my site: http://dduan.freebizoffer.com
@MarkyB21 (1545)
15 Nov 07
Thanks but I'm not interested in trying to get people to join another site.
@deserve40 (1605)
• India
15 Nov 07
Yes, I do use social networking sites to make friends all over the world. I find that many of them are having similar interests to that of mine. I use two social networking sites for this purpose. One of them pays me for meeting friends on internet, make comments, read their mails, send photographs....many things. If you are interested then please send me friends request and I will send you personal message for the link of that site. I cannot send the link here due to regulations of mylot.
@MarkyB21 (1545)
15 Nov 07
Thanks for posting although I don't think I'll be joining that site.
• United States
21 Nov 07
I get many invites also. I did take up one offer, it's Yuwie and while I don't expect to see a check from them (I figure it'll take me about 6 years at my current rate to earn $10...LOL) I do belong to a few crafts clubs and I started a 3rd that is doing well. I'm able to promote my online craft shop and my items and I've actually made 2 sales to people on the Yuwie site, so it isn't a waste of time. I blog about my craft shows and if people read them, great. I post pics of my new items and post links to my shop and again, if people take a look, then I'm getting page views that go towards my earnings. Heck if I keep getting sales, I'll keep posting there...I've made more in sales of my items in 6 weeks than I'll make in 5 years from page views. It was free to join, I refer friends, family and anyone interested in making money. If they join, great! I'll go to their page each time I logon, if not, no biggie, I'm not expecting much anyway. But right now, it's working for me better than I thought it would : )
@subha12 (18453)
• India
16 Nov 07
It completely depends on you whether you are going to join any social networking site or not. I am only member to Orkut. I like it I must say. I can contact my friends over this.
@judiel (35)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Yes, There is a site called GaiaOnline.com. It is an social anime/forums site. It also has a couple of mini games such as Fishing, Racing, and other fun games. The site is currently testing an Massive Multiplayer onlinge game that supposedly will be release by the end or beginning of next year You should check it out!
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
15 Nov 07
I feel like you say, it is sites that you have to pay a lot of attention to and work a lot with. I have not joined. Though I use Internet for making FREE money and some social Networks are good to use for marketing. That I do use, But those are not networks that you have to do so many things on, it´s for marketing only. There are more fun things to do rather than uppdating a social network all day long.
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• India
15 Nov 07
i am a member of face book,but now its quite long that i have used it.but i am an active member of orkut.there is not even a single day when i havent been to orkut.its a very nice hub of friends.i think you should try orkut,its a very good social networking site.