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Facebook is an online social networking service. Its name comes from a colloquialism for the directory given to students at some American universities. Facebook was founded on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities before it opened to high-school students, and eventually to anyone aged 13 and over. Facebook now allows anyone who claims to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website.

Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, exchange messages, and receive automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as "People From Work" or "Close Friends". In September 2012, Facebook had over one billion active users, of which approximately 9% were fake. In 2012, Facebook was adding over half a petabyte of data every 24 hours, amounting to about 180 petabytes per year.

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evylynrose

evylynrose

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I've hated Facebook for years. Because of the sheer volume of users, it made itself indispensable as a place to keep in touch with loved ones and for self-promotion.

It was never pretty, but it served a purpose. It's one of the least user-friendly and worst organized sites in terms of settings, but users only concerned with posting, liking, and sharing updates will disagree. Reports of problems or suggestions receive an automated message that your message may be seen but won't receive a response.

Many significant updates over the years - several of which occurred without notice - have prevented you from seeing what you want to see. There's something disturbing about family and friends not seeing a friend's post about a loved one's death, but they will see the silly meme (and related ads) that same friend posted at the same time.

It's not just important updates from loved ones either. You know those companies and people you liked and followed so you could keep up on them easily and without effort? Well, if they aren't dishing out money on special advertising you won't see the important stuff, and if you don't know there's special news feeds you have to visit or go directly to their page on a regular basis, you'll never see anything from them ever again.

With changes like this, Facebook no longer provides the service it's supposed to. It is no longer a social networking site but a site for ads and keeping you distracted with only certain types of posts so you'll see more ads. If you're a business or self-promoting? It's a place you must pay for your efforts to have effect and what you are paying for may not be what the services and numbers suggest.

Here are the effects of not using Facebook today:
-No impact on business
-More time for anything everyday
-Increased interaction from loved ones by more personal means
-Less headaches
-Increased attention span and awareness
-Only the true addicts of Facebook get confused when you tell them you don't use it
radams

radams

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You guys, let's be real. Facebook is on it's way out. It has become overwhelming, cluttered, and no longer my favorite tool for internet stalking. It is no longer a way to reconnect or stay connect, it is now a platform for behind-the-times-users to shout into the abyss of the internet. If you want to keep an online presence post from other sites, and then link those sites up to your facebook. Facebook is that guy at your highschool reunion who is still doing beer bongs and driving his el camino.
mandyless

mandyless

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People like me actually live on this planet called Facebook. It is rather a parallel universe in itself.
katewilliams

katewilliams

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Back in 2004, this site had promise. An opportunistic young Mark Zuckerberg unleashed his innovative plan, resulting in the $200 billion empire that exists today.
Sadly, Facebook isn’t the site it once was. Upon logging into the site, many of us will find our timelines filled with memes, articles, celebrity gossip and YouTube videos, rather than updates on what our friends are up to. Upon noticing a notification, it’s often going to be a request to send someone lives on Candy Crush, rather than a sincere comment from a loved one.

In a way, it’s sad. Facebook could be a valuable tool for keeping in touch, but it’s being wasted on current trends.

On the plus side, their chat feature is a quick, convenient way to chat with friends and I enjoy the amount of pages that are relevant to my interests, which can be fun to view from time to time. I’ll be keeping it for those reasons, but I can’t say I’m overly enthusiastic.
Taylor R.

Taylor R.

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Facebook is a lot less popular now than it used to be. I use it mainly as a way to keep in touch with people that I don't have any other contact info with - if I don't talk to you enough to have your number, but I like having a way to contact you if the need ever arises, I add you on Facebook. However, unless have a specific purpose for being on Facebook, I tend to avoid it for several reasons:

The number of targeted ads is extremely annoying and creepy; if you search for socks on Amazon, those socks will haunt you on Facebook for the rest of your life.

It often resets settings - particularly about the posts it shows. No, I do not want to see the top posts; I want to see the most recent posts. How many times do I have to change that setting before Facebook stops showing me top posts and starts showing me most recent posts? Every 15 minutes, apparently. I don't understand why it insists on changing this almost constantly, but it does, and it's annoying.

There are a lot of disturbing and stupid stories that manage to make their way to my news feed, and Facebook has a ridiculous blocking/filtering system. They'll block an article about indigenous women who don't cover their breasts, but a disturbing picture of a mutilated puppy will still show up on my feed. That makes sense. There's also a ridiculous number of "Like 4 Jesus, Ignore 4 Satan!!" posts that I find pretty annoying, so I tend to stay away.

I could go on, but overall, Facebook is good for keeping in touch, but it's a lot less than it could have been and I don't spend too much time on it.
Courtney Fridley

Courtney Fridley

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Facebook changes far too often, and there are a crap-ton of ads now...

Also there are parents, grandparents, and various elder community members that you don't want seeing your party pics but your friends always tag you in photos without your permission.
Ashley H.

Ashley H.

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Great for keeping in touch with friends who live abroad as well as keeping up to date with latest news and events.
manjeet kaur

manjeet kaur

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site is good for everyone connecting each other find new friends from different country learn many things from this site.
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kmphillips73

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First of all, I was hesitant in the beginning to even sign up with Facebook. I already had MySpace and when I looked over the Facebook site, it didn't seem that appealing to me. In 2007 I took the plunge and joined and I can't say that I have regretted it.

The thing I like best about Facebook is how easy it is to stay connected to friends that you would otherwise lose touch with. I feel somewhat stalker like at times but it is nice to be able to have a glimpse into the lives of people you care about. From looking at pictures to seeing their sometimes strange status updates, it's nice to keep tabs on them.

Another thing I really like are the Facebook pages, communities and groups. There are so many different ways to connect with people who share the same interests as you. I know there are other sites online dealing with the same topics of each page or group that I belong to but I like having everything in one place. Facebook is also great in that it allows people to advertise their pages to gain more exposure and likes.

Overall, Facebook is a great site. There are, of course, some things that I don't like such as the numerous fake accounts, the strangely placed ads, and the constant changes they make to the layout but the good by far outweighs the bad.

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