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    This is something thats been on my mind lately, especially with Facebook now floated as a public company.

    Online social networking is here to stay. Even if its something you just check once a day/week - its there and for some people plays at least a moderate part of their day-to-day lives. But...

    Is FB the be-all and end-all of social networking? Is there something out there that is better/safer/more respectful of users rights and content out there?
    Most of the major Social Networks are the same. You retain copyright over the content you post/upload/whatever, however the site reserves the right to use your content for whatever means they feel necessary. And not limited to selling it to 3rd parties.
    And this isnt just your posts and content, its your browsing behaviour, and all other statistics and data that can be born from this.

    But its not just Facebook. Google is well known to leverage all data and statistics gathered from their millions of users. Its even unsure if Google Chrome delivers back to Google these kinds of data. Google is actually one of the world leaders in, and invests considerable money into, data mining for this particular purpose.

    So, is there any way out?
    A few of us played with a new site, Zurker. The idea behind Zurker is almost a little Amway-ish. You gather "shares" in the company for everyone you invite. You can even buy shares with real money. But not only does the actual site require *a lot* of work still, there is just something a little bit scam-ish (although they go out of their way to try and convince otherwise) about it.

    The only truly open and secure (in theory) Social Network is/would be Diaspora. However after nearly 2 years of "work" I've yet to really see any signs of life from this project.

    So, people of CanberraRIDERS, whats the dealio? Do we just live with FB? Is there a network out there that has managed to go completely under the radar that ive missed?
     
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    I've seen a few references to other networking sites - some of them might promise better user control over content......it doesn't matter if there are only 35 users. Facebook would be the 3rd-largest country in the world if it was an actual country.....it succeeds where others fail because it is simple & easy to use.

    If there are other social networks out there, good luck. I don't ever expect FB to get smaller, it will only continue to expand. As far as using *my* content is concerned - for data mining or whatever - honestly I couldn't give a rats arse what they do with it. They have had it now for 3 years - has my life changed because of what FB do with my data ? No. Not one bit. I don't know why anyone would be concerned - what is the worst they could do - have a few emails sent to your email address with some advertising ? Just bin that rubbish. Its not like anyone is going to die in a ditch because of what FB do with your info.

    As far as people getting robbed etc, because of stupid updates - well they only have themselves to blame. if you don't want anyone to know what you are doing - don't post it. Simple.

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    + 1.

    A lot of people put incorrect personal details for this reason. All my personal details are deliberately wrong!!

    in regards to competition, there's really nothing else of any note.

    Linked In comes close, but thats just about business networking. (lol quite a handy site for job seekers.. operates under one simple rule... not all about what you know.. but who you know!)
     
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    My social network is my mobile phone and text messages. I deleted my facebook account last year because I didn't like the idea of my information belonging to other people. I don't care if that makes me sound like I'm paranoid. I lived for a long time without it and I'm actually much happier being without it again now. It's nice meeting with friends and actually being interested in what they have to say because I don't already know everything they've been doing.

    I couldn't tell you what kind of competition there is because I don't plan to every get back into that stuff :)
     
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    I agree if your mates are all local - then FB is a bit of a WOFTAM.

    But for those of us whose mates have spread out all over the country - FB is gold. I have caught up with so many old mates as a *direct* result of hooking back up with them on FB......we have had several reunions over the last few years and will be having several more. I just really like the fact that you can stay in touch with friends & family who don't live in the same postcode.

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    Yep. Most of my friends move around a bit thanks to the joys of being geos, it's good to be able to keep in touch. Stalkbook for that, linkedin for the professional stuff and that's it.
     
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    I've got quite a few friends overseas. I use non-social networks for staying in contact with them. Things like Skype, whatsapp, etc.
     
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    *Thinks....* Ouch that hurt.....

    I wonder if there was some kind of 'shares' deal for any given forum, would it improve the community feel/content of that forum?
    Would there be any adverse impacts?

    I could see several side benefits, perhaps buying/selling a vehicles/parts/stuff within that forum might be a little safer if everyone involved had an active part via shares, maybe weeding out ze google bots/scammers...

    Dunno, I'm sure it's a way out there, open to all sorts of problems/$$$ to set up but still. . . .
     
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    I have a Facebook account and use it a lot as most of my friends are in the UK. It allows me to keep up with family and news back home. I have security really tight on it though.


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    I have a Facebook account, only made it so I could like Canberra Riders. Still haven't much more with it.
     
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    Google + ??? WTF ?

    its like starting a new MySpace page !!! :lol:

    honestly, how many different places do we need to stick CR in ? I don't know 1 single person apart from you Dave, who rings the Google + bell. Give it up mate :up
     
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    There is a few ppl on there, and it growing as FB becomes more ads than content
     
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    There are indeed an increasing number of people over there Gos.

    No stupid annoying apps...
    No stupid annoying big ads...

    there are a heap of Communities... for all sorts of interest groups.
    Much easier to split people into groups (aka their circles), and it all just looks so much better.

    Haven't still gotten into the Hangouts, or really explored alot of the potential over there yet but I find I am enjoying some of the communities and feeds.
     
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    sure, no ads yet. I give it maybe 2 or 3 years max - this is Google you know, they will run ads here its a given. I don't even look at the ads on FB, its pretty easy to ignore them and just read the posts.

    splitting people into circles ? sounds cliquey. Why do people have to be split into cliques ? That is one of the things I like about FB - it is very much *not* a clique. Meh, 1 billion daily users I think FB is pretty safe as the social media king........google + reminds me a bit about another site......

    .......Anyone looked at ACT Riders lately ??? :lol: :lol:
     
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    I hate facebook. And myspace. Google+ too. I just dislike social media in general.

    But hey, each to their own. Just as long as CR isn't going to go the way of several other clubs I used to be part of, that ditched their website entirely in favor of a Bookface group/page.
     
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    No nipple rule on Facebook means we wouldn't be able to accomodate the Moderators special section. That's a deal breaker right there.
     
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