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Beware, Tech Abandoners - People Without Facebook Accounts Are 'Suspicious'
Forbes ^ | 8-6-2012 | Kashmir Hill

Posted on 08/07/2012 6:41:50 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

.... Things have changed. Now we all need to be able to respond to email immediately. And to tweet. And to instantly share our photos on Facebook. We’re all addicted to technology now, ... to our iPhones, and Facebook, and Twitter, and Android, and Pinterest, and iPads, and Word with Friends, and fill-in-the-blank-with-your-digital-dope-of-choice.

(snip) I am writing with some words of caution. I used to say that “if you’re not on Facebook, it’s possible you don’t actually exist.” I think it’s time to update that, courtesy of Slashdot: Facebook abstainers will be labeled suspicious.

Slashdot flagged a German news story in which an expert noted that mass murderers Anders Breivik and James Holmes both lacked much of a social media presence, leading to the conclusion, in Slashdot’s phrasing, that “not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.”

That’s a tad extreme, but I’m seeing the suggestion more and more often that a missing Facebook account raises red flags. .....

It’s not just love seekers who worry about what the lack of a Facebook account means. Anecdotally, I’ve heard both job seekers and employers wonder aloud about what it means if a job candidate doesn’t have a Facebook account. Does it mean they deactivated it because it was full of red flags? Are they hiding something?

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“You can’t get away from it. It’s everything. It’s everywhere,” she (Katherine Losse, the ex-Facebook employee) told the Washington Post. “The moment we’re in now is about trying to deal with all this technology rather than rejecting it, because obviously we can’t reject it entirely.”

Well, you can, but it might lead to your being rejected down the line too.

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society
KEYWORDS: facebook; trends
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1 posted on 08/07/2012 6:41:58 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

....only to people with Facebook accounts.


2 posted on 08/07/2012 6:43:30 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (At what point does an escalated effort to remove this traitor commence, and what form does it take?)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Why help Big Sis keep track?


3 posted on 08/07/2012 6:46:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Sir Napsalot
Dr. Carter told my mom I was suspicious a half-second after I was birthed and he slapped my toochas.

I expect to go to my grave under suspicion of being suspicious.

4 posted on 08/07/2012 6:47:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sir Napsalot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqggW08BWO0

Great video!


5 posted on 08/07/2012 6:52:53 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: Sir Napsalot

And those of us non-Facebook types who don’t twit are downright evil!


6 posted on 08/07/2012 6:53:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

The Man Without a Facebook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a69RpEBJFAY


7 posted on 08/07/2012 6:54:30 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I just like my privacy and don’t want every relative I haven’t seen for 30 years knowing what I’m doing.


8 posted on 08/07/2012 6:56:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Facebook is a HUGE security risk, and I’m not talking about ID theft or tracking whereabouts.

Foreign gov’ts can inject worms and use your system for their purposes, without any trace.


9 posted on 08/07/2012 6:58:10 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: Facebook users

You're in the minority.

10 posted on 08/07/2012 7:00:04 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I tried to register on FB as “always right” (never mind, long story) years ago, but it wouldn’t let me. It said it was not a real name.

So I tried again as ‘Sir Napsalot’, but no dice. Sir is not a first name.

F FB.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 7:01:43 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I don’t do Facebook but just started twitting....lol. Facebook gives me the creeps.


12 posted on 08/07/2012 7:02:58 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

What’s Facebook?


13 posted on 08/07/2012 7:04:35 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Sir Napsalot

I have a fake facebook persona. It’s pretty detailed too. He went to a particular high school and graduated in a particular year in a state I’ve never been to, and he graducated from a particular college and works at a particular large company site several states away. He even comments about specifics of his home town and stuff in the town where he now works and lives.

I use it to post in the comments sections of news stories on the internet that let you log in with your facebook account.

Like I’m gonna use my real facebook account for that stuff. ;-)


14 posted on 08/07/2012 7:05:44 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

LOL, thanks. I’ve never seen it before.


15 posted on 08/07/2012 7:10:38 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

My daughter’s BF got his roommate assignment and looked up the guy on FB. 16 friends, mostly family.

Uh-oh


16 posted on 08/07/2012 7:10:38 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I entered F. U. Obama. Got in, but never used it. This was via my neighbor’s I.P. (cracked their wifi). Wouldn’t want to use my own to do that.


17 posted on 08/07/2012 7:11:01 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I had a FB account for about 6 months...never used it and got such a creepy feeling about it that I finally just closed it and felt better right away.

I email..text some, but mostly when I want to communicate with others I do a couple of odd, eccentric and likely suspicious things- I call them up and SPEAK with them or arrange to meet them for coffee, lunch or some other type of actual face-to-face contact.

It’s amazing- real life.


18 posted on 08/07/2012 7:18:56 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Sir Napsalot
I think that in the very near future, anonymity will become a precious commodity, and there will be a lot of people who wish they never had a facebook page.
19 posted on 08/07/2012 7:20:41 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Sir Napsalot

People who “don’t exist” in the facebook or twitter realm also have email and mailboxes that actually have room for important correspondence because they are largely devoid of the senseless drivel of ads that “likes” and “dislikes” engender.

These “suspects” also have the peace of mind from knowing that photos of themselves and their loved ones aren’t being slavered over by some pervert or used for some nefarious purpose. They also know that every thief within driving distance of them doesn’t know where they are and what they’re doing.

As an older person, I have become fond of the ease with which I can aquire information and conduct business with the technology available to me. But the social media and the naive faith I see the younger generation place in the truth of what’s on it makes me cringe! The word “friend” means something much different and much less than it used to mean. I feel sorry for the ones who have to face the fact that virtual reality is quite different from the real one.


20 posted on 08/07/2012 7:29:08 PM PDT by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: Sir Napsalot

They must have changed. I registered with a totally fictitious name and drop email account. My Farcebook contains no personal info at all (except for the links via “likes”).


21 posted on 08/07/2012 7:29:21 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Sir Napsalot

No facebook page here.
Never will be.

Nothing to see here.
Move on...


22 posted on 08/07/2012 7:39:43 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Sir Napsalot
WITH a Facebook Account you ARE 'Suspicious'

That, with iPhones and Twitter and Pinterest and iPads only proves very many people have very little thought going on between their ears - usually, with few exceptions.

23 posted on 08/07/2012 7:44:07 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Sir Napsalot

No smart phone either. I guess I’m destined to lurk in the shadows of social media... a faceless drifter on the web.


24 posted on 08/07/2012 7:47:14 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Great video! Favorite quote:

"400 billion tweets and not one useful bit of data was ever transmitted."

25 posted on 08/07/2012 7:49:16 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Anecdotally, I’ve heard both job seekers and employers wonder aloud about what it means if a job candidate doesn’t have a Facebook account.

It means the job candidate won't be wasting company resources and time.

26 posted on 08/07/2012 7:50:57 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: SE Mom
I had a FB account for about 6 months...never used it and got such a creepy feeling about it that I finally just closed it and felt better right away.

6 months? I closed mine after 2 weeks.

27 posted on 08/07/2012 7:54:24 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: beef
I think that in the very near future, anonymity will become a precious commodity, and there will be a lot of people who wish they never had a facebook page.

Prophetic words. You can add 'tattoos' to that "wish I hadn't" list.

28 posted on 08/07/2012 7:56:56 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

All it means is that I was smart enough to use a fake name ;)


29 posted on 08/07/2012 8:03:23 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: beef
I had one for awhile, when it started suggesting friends based on who my friends were I got spooked. Quit and like not having one, wish I had never had one! I think we are just beginning to see Facebook's potential for misuse and invasions of privacy.
30 posted on 08/07/2012 8:25:59 PM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Our Muslim enemies in the ME use non-traceable, non-electronic communications. Smart, and worthy of emulation.


31 posted on 08/07/2012 8:31:48 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

What is Facebook?


32 posted on 08/07/2012 8:46:47 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

>> “if you’re not on Facebook, it’s possible you don’t actually exist.”

Please DO go on thinking that, y’all. I don’t WANT to exist out there in the “cloud”.


33 posted on 08/07/2012 9:02:39 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: G Larry

I was told this a couple of days ago by someone who knew about the internet, or its precursor, long before Al Gore invented it, and who has known more than one CIA director and SecDef.


34 posted on 08/07/2012 9:12:47 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Sir Napsalot

Forbes can kiss my butt.


35 posted on 08/07/2012 9:37:50 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: Sir Napsalot
Wow do I ever go against the so called new social media requirements. Tried Face Book twice, deleted both, never even seen a twitter screen and do not want to. I check my email about once a week and delete the tons of spam in there. Last time I carried my Cell phone was a week ago when I needed to make a call to my doctor and ignore all incoming calls that I do not recognize.

How am I going to survive not being a slave to social media, email and my cell phone?

36 posted on 08/07/2012 10:07:28 PM PDT by SledgeCS (I will vote for Obama when he admits that his idea of a transparency means "You cannot see it")
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To: Sir Napsalot

Yawn, who give a shiite? My cellphone is rarely even on...............


37 posted on 08/07/2012 10:16:30 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Sir Napsalot
...leading to the conclusion, in Slashdot’s phrasing, that “not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.”

Actually it's a sign that not all people are sheep who follow every silly trend that comes along like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

38 posted on 08/07/2012 10:21:22 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Proud2BeRight

From what I see from my wife’s excessive activity, a spot where attention whores post endless photos of themselves along with infinite updates on their bowel movements, or something..........NO! Not hers, I rag on her for the idiotic content and time spent with that excrement...


39 posted on 08/07/2012 10:23:58 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Sir Napsalot

I’m starting a social media site for plumbers, it’s called Assbook, there you’ll be able to recognize your favorite plumber.


40 posted on 08/07/2012 10:35:18 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: Sir Napsalot
I'll keep my dumb phone and no way will I ever put myself on facebook or any other social bullshit!!!!

Mark me suspicious and put a brand on my forehead if you must!!!

41 posted on 08/07/2012 10:39:22 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Sir Napsalot

I went to school with 2 kids whose actual names were Merry Christmas and a guy named Happy New Year.


42 posted on 08/07/2012 10:42:07 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Sir Napsalot

Not only am I not a twit, and don’t have a Farcebook page, I still carry an antique “flip phone” I got about 6 years ago. It needs charging a lot more often these days, but I just keep it plugged in when I drive and it stays charged. When the battery finally dies, I’ll search high and low (if I have to) for a replacement battery.

Watch out - - I am really ‘suspicious’.


43 posted on 08/07/2012 10:56:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Sir Napsalot

Facebook sucks.


44 posted on 08/07/2012 11:00:41 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: dalereed

I went to school with Adam Baum and Harley Davidson..........


45 posted on 08/08/2012 12:41:12 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

And those of us non-Facebook types who don’t twit are downright evil!

I do have a facebook account but to say that those who don’t are evil is ridiculous. I do know that the military is big on Facebook where they have information (administrative only) on different things. I think it is a good tool, but just a tool. You can still get the information from other sources. I don’t know if it will be a requirement to have Facebook someday to do banking or pay bills and other things but until then enjoy life without Facebook.


46 posted on 08/08/2012 3:39:49 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I am too old !!!!


47 posted on 08/08/2012 4:52:48 AM PDT by lawsone
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To: cuban leaf

HEY! That is a great idea. I have just left all of that info blank, and used a fake email address to register my facebook account.


48 posted on 08/08/2012 4:59:22 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: cuban leaf
I have a fake facebook persona. It’s pretty detailed too. He went to a particular high school and graduated in a particular year in a state I’ve never been to, and he graducated from a particular college and works at a particular large company site several states away. He even comments about specifics of his home town and stuff in the town where he now works and lives.

Sayyyyyyyy...Aren't you the guy with the fake Hawaiian birth certificate and Connecticut SS#?

What does your son look like and in which of the 57 states do you reside?

49 posted on 08/08/2012 5:10:40 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: cuban leaf

HEY! That is a great idea. I have just left all of that info blank, and used a fake email address to register my facebook account. I was having a ball last week with the chick-fil-a stuff and “you didn’t build” that previously.


50 posted on 08/08/2012 5:17:51 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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