I "have" a Facebook account, same with Twitter, Flickr, the various IM services, Wave, and Meetup accounts, I leave various IRC servers open, heck I recently signed up for Linked In. And of course I have this blog.

But I have a strong disuse of most of them.

  • Twitter: My Twitter is sparsely used. Posting wise I consider it a technical outlet, or a connection to the public internet, I generally avoid posting personal things to it. I use it more like a business might use it than the random breakfast posting tweeter. In the end I don't post much.
  • Facebook: I vehemently guard my Facebook friends list. My Facebook friends list is only for people I have a real personal connection of some sort to. I reject friends of family members I don't have something close to a personal dialogue with. I reject random people who make friend requests. I reject people who "might" be distant relatives but I don't remember ever actively talking to. Generally I try to avoid accepting anyone who might end up as a 'vanity' friend — someone who I'll probably never really talk to and just exist as a entry in a list of supposed "Friends". I consider Facebook a "private" social medium, I only connect to people I personally know, not people I connect with over the internet focused around topics. Only having around 20 people on my friends list is on purpose, the idea of having that list grow to 100+ disgusts me. In the end as well, I don't have much reason to open it up, and just wait for any e-mail notification about messages to pop in.
  • Flickr: I signed up to Flickr because I thought that some of my photo galleries like my work gallery and projects didn't fit as Facebook galleries. I don't really like Facebook, And like I just mentioned I consider it "private", so it didn't make sense to keep them on Facebook. However after some use of Flickr I've been looking into setting up a private app just for posting image galleries of my own.
  • LinkedIn: I'm not exactly looking for a job, but after some thought I decided I should probably start paying attention to the world of networking with people that open up potential job opportunities. So I ended up signing up on LinkedIn. Hasn't been that long so I haven't done much with it of course.
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