Social Media

User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

A remark in another thread has prompted me to start this thread. I realised we had nowhere to discuss issues about the various social media sites available and thought it would be a good place to discuss the pro's and con's of the various sites in general.

To start off lets hit the big one, Facebook. Who uses it and what for?
Ian
User avatar
Pluggy
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 1972
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:13
Location: Barnoldswick
Contact:

Re: Social Media

Post by Pluggy »

For years I avoided it, but I've found its useful to keep tabs on my mob and what they're up to.

I suspect many on here use OGFB to avoid Facebook.... ;)
Pluggy's Home Monitor : http://pluggy.duckdns.org
User avatar
Marilyn
VIP Member
Posts: 7031
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 20:29
Location: South Australia

Re: Social Media

Post by Marilyn »

Not interested in it...
User avatar
Wendyf
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 6961
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:26
Location: Lower Burnt Hill, looking out over Barlick

Re: Social Media

Post by Wendyf »

I use Facebook, initially to look at local "Then & Now" sites covering Colne, Barlick & Earby. As I gained confidence and found how to use it effectively I adopted a dog through Pendle Dogs in Need and help with the Earby & District Local History page and keep in touch easily with friends. I love it!
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

I use it to keep in touch with family and friends. I also follow a number of the "Then and Now" sites, I am joint admin on one of them.

When we did the coast to coast bike ride I set up a closed group for the participants and supporters that was invaluable in the planning stages, we planned our training rides via the group and used it to encourage one another. Very useful when discussing and sorting our accommodation for the three day trip and any other issues that were relevant. Built in messaging to computer or phone was very useful as well.

I have added Doc as a friend and can now follow his adventures on the high seas. He and Carole are currently living the high life in the Canary Islands where it is a tad warmer than here.
Ian
User avatar
Cathy
Senior Member
Posts: 3494
Joined: 24 Jan 2012, 02:24

Re: Social Media

Post by Cathy »

I use facebook to see what posts my daughter puts on there. My facebook profile says nothing about me and has no photo of me, I very rarely interact with anyone on there. I sometimes share a funny video / story etc with my daughter.
I can see that a site like that could become very time consuming and dominating if you tried to keep up with too many people 'or things' on there. I'm not interested and don't feel the need to get that involved.
I know I'm in my own little world, but it's OK... they know me here. :)
User avatar
Moh
Silver Surfer
Posts: 1974
Joined: 30 Jan 2012, 13:59
Location: Burnley, Lancashire

Re: Social Media

Post by Moh »

I like to see what my family and friends are up to, also it has put me back in touch with old friends.
Say only a little but say it well.
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14166
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: Social Media

Post by Tizer »

What a coincidence, Ian, you starting such a thread just now. I've avoided them in the past but signed up last week to Facebook and Twitter. I'm not interested in joining social cyber gatherings or `following' trendy people etc. What prompted me was when I had trouble contacting my ISP, Plusnet, recently and Tripps said he'd been advised by `his lad' to use Twitter because companies responded more readily to that medium. I've read in the past that companies are desperate to respond to people on social media - it's a way of cutting costs of course. I haven't used either yet but will do when I need to get some action for a company or other organisation.. I didn't like the way Twitter demanded a phone number before I was allowed to register then sent repeated text messages to it! I hear in the news that Twitter is losing support and people are going to Facebook instead. Twitter is increasingly used by people who verbally abuse others.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

I personally can't see the point in Twitter it has always seemed self limiting with it's 140 character posting regime. Like you I'm not really interested in celebrity goings on and such but can maybe see a use as another avenue for contact with organisations who may follow it.

Facebook is a lot more versatile and you have control over how you interact with it. There is a lot of good (and bad) that can be achieved using it. As Cathy says it is perfectly possible to be a member without giving a lot away about yourself if that is your wish. There is a lot of fabulous content out there on the net using the platform.
Ian
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14166
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: Social Media

Post by Tizer »

This is the Plusnet Twitter Help page that I got via Tripps. I haven't needed to try it yet but there seems to be plenty of activity there. LINK
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

I have lodged a question on Ronseals Facebook site today regarding a query I have about the table I varnished a couple of weeks ago. All of the previous customer queries have been answered so it looks like the site is monitored by CS, will wait for feedback. (see Kitchen Refurb).
Ian
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 62637
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Social Media

Post by Stanley »

I'm afraid I am a dinosaur, you don't miss what you have never had and I have enough distraction in my full schedule without adding anything to it. Besides, I don't trust 'social media' in this age when all data is valuable and collected. If they have a scale of interest I must rank as extremely boring......
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

Ronseal got back to me via their Facebook site and basically said that there is nothing to be done apart from sanding it down and doing the job again. Facebook users will be able to see our exchanges here on the Ronseal UK site, they are in the visitors posts section on the left hand side. I have taken them to task as I followed their recommendation of correct product which is clearly not fit for purpose. No mention from them that they have a polyurethane based product that would have done a better job. I have suggested they look at altering their marketing.
Ian
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14166
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: Social Media

Post by Tizer »

Ian, that's the where these social media sites can be very useful and quick to get a response. One thing I'd recommend for anyone registering with sites like Facebook and Twitter is as soon as you're signed up go to your account details and see what settings there are. The companies, not surprisingly, want you to use all their facilities and sign you into them by default but you can uncheck the ones you don't want and stop unwanted people trying to contact you etc.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

Yes, a good tip there Tiz. Cathy mentioned that she uses the site with a low profile, you don't need to give a whole lot away if you don't want too.
Ian
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

Recently re-installed Whats App for its group contact facilites. I know Stanley used it to keep in touch with far flung family.

On the Facebook side of things I now joint admin three sites.

phpBB here and am developing another one for use within the Consituency Labour Party. IT Coordinator role also include a Synology client and various other bits of party software not strictly social media but related. There will be another website platform when we have decided which way to go.

I still don't tweet. :biggrin2:
Ian
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 62637
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Social Media

Post by Stanley »

I still use Whatsapp and ditched Facebook which was my only other venture into social media. Too intrusive. Whatsapp does what it says on the tin.
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

Despite my previous post regarding Twitter. Yesterday I found I had a need to establish an account on that platform. On entering my email address as part of the registration process I found that it was already in use! Not by myself in a long forgotten dalliance with the platform but by a totally unknown in relation to a nom de plumbe user name. As the genuine holder of the email address, the Twitter security regime allowed me to expunge the account with a single click. I went on to successfully register using the same address. I didn't bother looking for the tweets they had made using my email address as it is not visible to other users as far as I can see, cant be bothered.

I needed to register in relation to the @bebosomfriends feed. All sorted so no sweat. :biggrin2: :extrawink:
Ian
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 62637
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Social Media

Post by Stanley »

That's disturbing!
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

There will be alot more that are using stolen emails as well on all platforms, of that I am sure. I didn't look at the feed, wish I had done now to see what the flavour of tweets were before I toasted the account. :geek:
Ian
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 62637
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: Social Media

Post by Stanley »

It would only have raised your blood pressure Ian, best left alone I'd suggest. The time for action would be if any consequences came back to bug you.
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11533
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: Social Media

Post by PanBiker »

Today, Facebook have "upgraded" the user interface for the platform with a totally "new and improved" look. Well all I can say after testing it for half a day is that it is rubbish, I suppose some folk might like it but count me out! Fortunately FB provided a link to revert to the normal style which I have done. How long that will last I don't know, I have given suitable feedback for my decision to dump it.
Ian
User avatar
Wendyf
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 6961
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:26
Location: Lower Burnt Hill, looking out over Barlick

Re: Social Media

Post by Wendyf »

Mine is still the same as usual.... so far. :smile:
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14166
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: Social Media

Post by Tizer »

It sounds like the mess that BBC Radio made when they replaced iPlayer with Sounds.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Big Kev
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 4524
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 20:15
Location: Barlick

Re: Social Media

Post by Big Kev »

PanBiker wrote: 08 Jul 2020, 15:11 Today, Facebook have "upgraded" the user interface for the platform with a totally "new and improved" look. Well all I can say after testing it for half a day is that it is rubbish, I suppose some folk might like it but count me out! Fortunately FB provided a link to revert to the normal style which I have done. How long that will last I don't know, I have given suitable feedback for my decision to dump it.
Same here...
Kev

A Resigned Observer
Post Reply

Return to “Technology & Communication”