Anyone not on Facebook?

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Blake McCallister's picture

I was on Facebook for a few years and deleted my proflile completely ~ Aug 2010. 

It was cool catching up with some people I haven’t seen since HS and college for the first six months or so but then it just got old.

Lot of attention wh0ring with lame status updates, etc.  I could care less if you are going to get a pumpkin latte or if it is little Connor’s first tee ball game.

I know a lot of people who were either never on FB or deleted their profile.

Anyone?

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CFAvsMBA's picture

I killed mine around Sept 2010. Good thing we did when we did. I guess now you can only deactivate your profile, not delete it. What is stored on fbook is there forever.

Blake McCallister's picture

Some moron friend requested me a few weeks ago although I’m not on. They must have typed in my email or uploaded their address book.

I had a friend over last night and she showed me her profile. I don’t like that timeline feature at all.

"Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful..."

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Wendy's picture

Is it ironic to use an anonymous internet discussion forum to proudly proclaim that you don’t waste your life using social networking sites?

The Righteous Hacksaw's picture

I keep my profile deactivated and use a pseudonym when I do use it.

No Homo

Sweep the Leg's picture

Nope, not FB, no Myspace before, no Linkedin now. No twitter. No social networking footprint of any kind. Take that HR!

CFABLACKBELT's picture

I wish I weren’t and I’ve long considered deactivating it. The damn thing has gotten me in so much trouble with the ladies over the years… It’s just a giant deathtrap.

Still, I keep it because its the best tool I have to keep in touch with friends who are not in the same city as me.

Black Swan's picture

Ok, I don’t understand the whole “facebook blah blah blah HR, blah blah blah info on the web” argument. It’s called security settings, learn how to use a computer people. I have my settings cranked up as high as they’ll go. Basically only my friends can see anything on my profile at all. Their friends can’t see anything. So if I tag them in a photo, they can see it, and our mutual friends can see it, but their friends who aren’t my friends can’t see it. Same with posts, etc. You can’t even search for my profile on FB, it doesn’t show up. Same with google (and google cache). I prune my friends list about once a year (takes about five minutes) and keep it usually down around 60-70 people I actually talk to. It’s not rocket science.

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Palantir's picture

I think facebook is great. Been on it since college…..Unfortunately not as private as it used to be, but still, don’t plan on giving it up.

Not all men were meant to dance with dragons.

smuggycfa's picture

I agree with BS. I’m on facebook just to stay in touch with frens who are not in the same city or country.
I have different groups of frens and know what to share with whom.

Sweep the Leg's picture

I was just joking about the HR thing. Though it is an issue, as is the privacy you give up by being on those sites. But, that’s not at all why I don’t use them. They just annoy the piss out of me. I’ve managed to stay in touch with the people I like just fine without them.

higgmond's picture

FB has no appeal to me, so not on there. I stay in touch with those I want to stay in touch with through other means.

I cannot sanction your buffoonery.

Wendy's picture

That Onion article hits it on the head.

If you decide that your life is better without Facebook, cellphones, penicillin, or whatever, that’s fine.

But if you’re hoping that other people will be impressed by (or even interested in) your stance, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

Blake McCallister's picture

Sweep the Leg wrote:
Nope, not FB, no Myspace before, no Linkedin now. No twitter. No social networking footprint of any kind. Take that HR!

This urban legend that HR spends their time scouring the internet for profiles for potential and current employees is comical to me.

And not having a presence in the internet is not necessarily a good thing. If you claim to be an expert at something and there is nothing out there to back it up you probably aren’t. Linkedin is pretty much mandatory to be on from what I have been told.

And Wendy, get back in the kitchen please…

"Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful..."

higgmond's picture

Blake McCallister wrote:
Sweep the Leg wrote:
Nope, not FB, no Myspace before, no Linkedin now. No twitter. No social networking footprint of any kind. Take that HR!

This urban legend that HR spends their time scouring the internet for profiles for potential and current employees is comical to me.


I’m not in HR, but I always have a staff member look for online profiles when we are considering making an offer to someone. We even tell good candidates during the interview to be sure there is nothing on their FB page that might be problematic.

I got nothin’

Wendy's picture

Blake McCallister wrote:
This urban legend that HR spends their time scouring the internet for profiles for potential and current employees is comical to me.

I actually mostly-believe this urban legend. As Higgmond suggested, I suspect that there is not a person in america that gets hired these days without at least one thorough google search of their name.

Blake McCallister wrote:
And not having a presence in the internet is not necessarily a good thing.

This I agree with. In fact, I’d take it a step further and say that not having a Facebook account is not necessarily a good thing.

When I’m trying to get the lowdown on someone and see that they have several hundred Facebook friends, I actually consider that to be a positive and reassuring sign. (ie. normal, likable person)

And consider that unless a user has decided to crank their Facebook security setting all the way to zero, some random potential employer can’t see anything beyond their name, chosen profile photo, education, etc anyway.

Sweep the Leg's picture

I can say with absolute certainty larger firms check your online profiles. This shouldn’t be that hard to believe. HR’s job is to research job applicants. Googling you is the first thing they do. And, since it’s not at all resource intensive, it would make a whole lot of sense smaller shops would do it too.

And, it’s entirely possible to have a presence on the internet without being on Facebook (et al). Sure, there are some networking benefits, but no one adds any professional credibility by posting a sweet status update. Get published on SeekingAlpha or something similar. Hell, start your own blog and build a track record of awesome ideas.

I do know of people that have been not hired, and current employees that have been reprimanded for things they post online. In fact, our PR department automatically searches all those sites for mentions of our company’s name.

A coworker in my division posted something to 4 square (not even sure what that is) that simply said “Urgh, work.” Not sure how it works, but his comment also automatically posted on Twitter and his iPhone automatically identified his currently location (maybe that’s a 4 square thing, whatever). End result was his tweet, which he didn’t actually manually send out, posted a simple “urgh, work” with his current location and our firm’s name. He received an email the same day from PR with his manager and HR cc’d firmly reminding him of our online policy regarding social networking sites.

All that said, Linkedin does provide some professional benefits. It’s an absolute must for financial advisors. Though I’m in sales and have gotten by just fine without it.

Before the market crashed in ‘08 and we let a whole bunch of people go, we actually had someone in our division that would set up and maintain your Linkedin profile for you if you didn’t want to do it yourself. So I (and my employer) agree it’s not without its merits.

tl;dr - It’s not a myth, your online footprint does matter. It can be beneficial for work, but not beneficial enough for me to bother with it. Stop posting stupid status updates. No one gives a shit.

Blake McCallister's picture

Wendy wrote:
In fact, I’d take it a step further and say that not having a Facebook account is not necessarily a good thing.

When I’m trying to get the lowdown on someone and see that they have several hundred Facebook friends, I actually consider that to be a positive and reassuring sign. (ie. normal, likable person)

You must be an amazing judge of character Wendy. We all know that the more friends someone has on Facebook, the more normal they are.

"Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful..."

Black Swan's picture

In her defense, I don’t have very many facebook friends, so there’s probably some truth to that.

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smuggycfa's picture

It is normal to have a couple of hundred frens but list with 1000s of friends is not impressive. seems like u add every person u see.

higgmond's picture

Blake McCallister wrote:
Sweep the Leg wrote:
Nope, not FB, no Myspace before, no Linkedin now. No twitter. No social networking footprint of any kind. Take that HR!

This urban legend that HR spends their time scouring the internet for profiles for potential and current employees is comical to me.


Some people insist on perpetuating the legend. When will they learn? Just saw this on Yahoo:

Union Square Ventures recently posted an opening for an investment analyst.

Instead of asking for résumés, the New York venture-capital firm—which has invested in Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga and other technology companies—asked applicants to send links representing their “Web presence,” such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog. Applicants also had to submit short videos demonstrating their interest in the position.

Full article here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/no-more-r%C3%A9sum%C3%A9s–say-some-firms...

I got nothin’

sbmarti2's picture

I have a facebook account I never use, but not twitter, tumbler, linkedin, etc. I just can’t be bothered with it anymore.

I can resist anything but temptation ~ Oscar Wilde

Wendy's picture
kevinf12's picture

I like to find people that are in a job that I want and create a facebook and linkedin profile for them, then post a lot of rude, vulgar, or just job-searching activities (depending on the site).  Try to see if I can free up the position. 

FrankArabia's picture

i don’t use facebook. i see my friends. the ppl i don’t see, basically, who cares……

ohai's picture

I am generally not a Facebook person. However, I recently used it to stalk a female friend from high school. She is dating some loser…

“Be aware of this 40 year old men in our country.They suffer from mid life crisis and are always trying to be in the good books of young girls.” -Rahul Roy

higgmond's picture

kevinf12 wrote:

I like to find people that are in a job that I want and create a facebook and linkedin profile for them, then post a lot of rude, vulgar, or just job-searching activities (depending on the site).  Try to see if I can free up the position. 

That could be a great new service to offer.

I got nothin’

FrankArabia's picture

ohai wrote:

I am generally not a Facebook person. However, I recently used it to stalk a female friend from high school. She is dating some loser…

I was looking at a girl s page the other day……felt very guilty….but there were over 200 pics up so idk what to make of it…..

Inner Evil Voice's picture

Wifey often leaves her FB open and has a solid base of doable friends since she studied Marketing at UBC (a.k.a just be pretty and enjoy life), along with her Argentinian friends, so I visit her account to imagine how I would bang that bunch of happy chicks in their late 20s.

So basically I hope her hottest friends can’t track *her* obsessive browsing activity: “hey how are you! I saw you visited my last vacation’s album like 45 times during the last week …. uhmmm, thank you … I suppose?”

Black Swan's picture

^ haha, nice

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