Originally Posted by jfbar1
Anyone mentioned the "White Elephant" in the room? FACEBOOK.
It seems not only AVS, but many of the auto forums I belong to are dealing with the same thing. If you really stop to think about it, the "BBS" forum format has existed since back in the "CompuServe" days.
I am probably one of the last holdouts from setting up an account, but will end up biting the bullet and just going for it. From what I can tell it is SO much easier to post pictures, links and organize areas of interest. All my (grown) kids buy, sell, find out about events, ask questions, etc on it.
Not to worry, I will handily outlast you--and any other holdout who is even remotely considering joining Facebook.
All those things you mentioned--people got along quite well doing other ways long before FB. The fact that you CAN do those things is immaterial; you should ask yourself, SHOULD you do those things? And if so, under what circumstances?
You might WANT to do those things, but the cost is way, way too high. Just because it's not a direct hit to your money budget every month, doesn't mean the cost isn't there.
FB is taking advantage of a society that feels entitled to do what they WANT to without considering any repercussions. They make it available without financial cost to the user, then work very hard at hiding the repercussions and the actual cost the user will pay. And you know this to be true, because we regularly see stories about how FB has changed this or that feature, and how it's worse for the end user. That's not the real point, of course; the point is that the changes are better to FB's bottom line, and whatever it ends up costing the end user is irrelevant to FB.
FB figures, if people are so *stupid* as to give up all that they do just because FB make it "SO much easier to post pictures, links and organize areas of interest" and "buy,s ell, find out about events, ask questoins, etc.", then people get what they deserve.
I take it the other direction: if you as a business choose to do business exclusively on FB (I see lots of places do nothing but, even very large organizations), then I as a buyer choose to take my money elsewhere. That's perfectly fine.
Y'all can have FB.