1. FAST6191

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    As ever a forum like this is as close as I get to have any kind of account on social media (some want to count forums as such things, I am not inclined to, nor do I consider the likes of youtube, bitchute and Twitch as such things). However I try to keep reasonably current on what is out there and what is being used, if only to answer the "why do I need a website, I have a ? account" and "what social media sites do you suggest I put news feeds for my business and speak to my customers on" questions. I don't even maintain burner, zombie and network of fakes accounts for anything any more. As best as I can tell my life is fine for never having played with such toys and they fail at being what they were initially billed as -- facebook being email 3.0 where lookup directories actually made sense again, twitter being a shinier form of RSS and so on.

    Things that are straight dead at this point I am not inclined to pay attention to so no need to be cute and say I don't have myspace, though if you do have an active myspace then by all means mention such things.
    I am fairly loose on definition of popular. Though if I might expect to see requests for "follow me on" (twitter, instagram, VK, facebook, minds, gab, parler, tiktok, locals looks more like a forum but maybe, reddit might be afflicted by many of the woes of others but also could be a thing, pinterest, periscope, linkedin, snapchat, whatsapp) or see adverts on TV or radio (was wandering past a radio and heard tiktok advert) then yeah.


    There are all sorts of things out there. What decisions do you make when joining them? People you don't know on there? People you do know on there (and at what level)? Censorship issues (it does not seem to take much to be ejected, censored and blacklisted on many popular sites)? Safety issues? Are you the sort to sign up to each and every new service going? It has been noted that where the kids are at will soon be their parents and after that the kids leave?
     
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  2. Tom Bombadildo

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    That I actually use? D) All of the above, social media is trash and I hope it dies off in the near future.

    But I do actually have accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the former which only exists so family can attempt to contact me if they need to and don't have my number, and the latter which only exists for those occasional Gleam giveaways and whenever I need a throwaway account for something that I cba to make a throwaway email for or whatever.

    And I guess if we count Reddit these days I have an account there, but only really for buying/selling PC hardware, and for keeping an eye on Crackwatch stuff.
     
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  3. Chary

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    Instagram or Snapchat. Never had a need for either, nor did they seem of any interest.
     
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  4. TomRannd

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    i don't have an account for:

    twitter(but someone used tomrannd or something similar on it, because it's been linked to me even though it's not me)
    i don't use twitter, nor want to use it simply because i am afraid of the shit that goes on there. i am aware of how toxic it can get and well, i'm not much of a post-every-15mins kinda guy :/
    i've thought about getting an account set up on twitter, but i was skeptical of a lot of things. majority of it was looking stupid. which i do enough elsewhere.

    reddit(i don't know if this is social media but, it's popular enough i think)
    i don't have reddit, simply because i'm too lazy to get one. sometimes i go on reddit for a meme or two or maybe a silly tutorial, but it's not enough for me wanting to sign up and waste my time. i have a life, y'know!

    snapchat
    i don't like snapchat. all my friends hate snapchat. actually that's not true they love snapchat except all they do is send pictures of their dicks and faces to each other lol.

    pinterest
    ui is too ugly for me. also i'm not one to care about pictures that much. only picture hosting like service i have is imgur. and it works fine lol.

    tiktok.
    i'm trying my hardest not to fall into the whole tick tock craze, and it's doing me wonders! my entire family watches tick tocks all day and i'm the only one left...

    discord
    i actually used to have discord, but due to be being a dumbfuck and shit i don't have it anymore. it also ruined me, i got very distracted from life because of it and was a very toxic environment personally! i'm glad i left.

    4chan
    i took one look at one of those silly anon bullshit trains and decided to never look at the disgusting pig 4chan is as a whole again.

    lets see... well those are the main ones, but others include like maybe 90% of the things you listed?

    i have accounts for facebook, instagram although i rarely use them. i have an account for wattpad but used it like once and... well that's really all i can think of. everything else i'm just not a part of and perfectly happy not being part of them. i'm in a happy place, at least when it comes to the internet and social media :D
     
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  5. RyRyIV

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    I was an Instagram holdout for years, until last year I finally gave in and downloaded it. As a photographer/videographer, I was finally convinced that it's worth my time to at least be signed up and browse it every once in a while. That said, I hardly ever post anything myself, so I'm definitely not getting the most use out of it that I could.
     
  6. dragonblood9999

    dragonblood9999 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac
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    I had Instagram for about a year. Never used it, so i deleted that. The only thing I have is Facebook, but I haven't been on it for about 3 or 4 years unless you count Messenger.

    The main reason I made a Facebook account was to send my sister keys or whatever for the game she was playing at the time.

    Sent from my SM-G975W using Tapatalk
     
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  7. Azerus_Kun

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    -Twitter: I only see two valid reasons to use Twitter, artists and porn, and i usually just go directly to the profile without an account in order to see those
    -Instagram: I technically have an account, i just never log in or interact with it, iirc a friend of mine paid me 20 pesos to follow her and i made it just for that
    -Whatsapp: It was awfully hard to stop using this one, some people hate me for doing so, unlike a lot of people who stopped due to privacy concerns recently, i stopped using Whatsapp because in my opinion, it's a subpar service, I'm tired of not having a propper desktop client, or a propper account system
    -Snapchat: I think the concept is dumb on it's own, but iirc the Android version is awful compared to the iPhone one and that's also something i care about as an Android owner
    -Tiktok: Some backstory for this one, i was in a Discord call with my friend group at 3 AM, like I often do, i had downed half a bottle of wine and the room was warm, in this state, saying that making me laugh is easy would be an understatement, well, one of my friends screenshares his Tiktok feed, there was not a single one that made me laugh, or feel anything remotely enjoyable
    -Reddit: I don't like Redditors or Reddit culture, anything of value Reddit has to offer, like Twitter, does not require an account to access
     
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  8. Ericzander

    Ericzander GBAtemp's residential attorney
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    It's easier to say what I have. I have a Facebook and a Snapchat. However, back in October I decided to stop using both of them as frequently.

    Now I check Facebook maybe once a week (but I haven't posted an update since Halloween) and I send a few snaps a week to a small group of people.
     
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  9. XAIXER

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    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc...
     
  10. Jayro

    Jayro MediCat USB and Malwarebytes Bootable Developer
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    I have an Instagram, but never use it. I hate how it operates/navigates, and you can't use it well on a PC at all. So it's almost like I don't have one.

    I don't and won't ever have or use apps or accounts of:

    Parler
    SnapChat
    TikTok
    Microsoft Teams
    PornHub
    KiK
    What'sApp
    Zoom
    OnlyFans
     
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  11. kineticUk

    kineticUk GBAtemp Advanced Fan
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    Facebook.

    I didn’t get social media but made an account in 2015 iirc. Tried it out, felt sick/fake pretty quick and deleted it shortly afterward.

    Ignorance was bliss tbh.
     
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  12. Kwyjor

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    There's plenty of amusing Twitter content. I think it's just important to remember that if you see something you don't like, just mute or unfollow and do not engage, and never, ever seek to become Twitter Famous. Assume any opinion you offer will result in you becoming a target of an angry mob who will ruin your life for no particular reason. (And don't try to block. People can see blocks and will mock you relentlessly for blocking, and why would you block when you shouldn't be saying anything that anyone would want to read anyway..?)

    And I'm on Facebook. It's fine, but it's definitely not as lively as it used to be. I occasionally Snooze stuff that gets on my nerves, but that doesn't happen often.

    I have an Instagram, but it's mostly just for contests. I am confident that I am not pretty enough for Instagram.

    I barely know what Snapchat is. Likewise Pinterest. I see no reason to have a Tiktok since it seems most worthy Tiktok content turns up elsewhere soon enough anyway. I use Discord for a couple of games on occasion but do not understand why it is so popular.
     
  13. tomasowa

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    I'm practically just on Instagram these days and have left every other Social Media platform.

    But if we're splitting hairs, that would mean I'm actually on Facebook, since they own it.
    So despite not having a Facebook account per se, I guess I am counted as a User from both Instagram and WhatsApp.
     
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  14. tabzer

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    Does washington post count? Everytime I go there, it begs for me to sign up and blocks my view.
     
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  15. IC_

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    I'm not on any of those social media websites, for me forums like this are also the closest thing to a social media website that I have accounts on.
     
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  16. Jayro

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    I use the Chrome extension "uBlock Origin", and it's Element Zapper is excellent at permanently blocking those, as well as the click-blocking overlay under it. So you can browse the site like normal.

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    I use Twitter as my main news source, because I get sources from all directions. So you're getting unbiased news from all over the world. I also have a Facebook for shit-posting memes and keeping in touch with friends. I never saw the point of SnapChat, Instagram, or TikTok... beyond being an online attention-whore.
     
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  17. FAST6191

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    I am not sure some of those count as social media (if I am not counting youtube as a social media site...) but is Zoom so terribly offensive as to warrant such a statement?
    Its awfulness when I watched a wedding on it made me wonder why it became so popular when there are dozens of better alternatives also available for free. As a general concept though it seemed somewhat banal.
    Much the same would apply to MS Teams as well, though "because MS" also applies here.
    I would almost say Discord is probably a better candidate for such a list, especially as some seem to use it like they might social meeja. Though my objections to that is it is a censorious service that is not open source and does not allow you to run your own servers. I can only hope when they do go pop that not a lot of useful data is lost -- so many people seem to want me to join such a setup to share/discuss/create hacking info and treat it as a reference/permanent data store that from where I sit would be far better served being on the public internet and that is just my little field of interest.

    Can split hairs if you want but for the purposes of this discussion, though I would probably go with "if I were mr moneybags looking to buy the company and to figure out what I want to pay then determining active users of the given service then...". This even if I would happily accept a statement of "not on instagram because owned by facebook (and don't like them/don't want them to have my data/...)".

    Edit.
    https://github.com/JustOff/dismiss-the-overlay works for me as an overlay be gone mechanism.
    https://github.com/sleepingkirby/butWhyMod also has some interesting stuff.

    As far as twitter having sources in every direction... have we been watching the same fun and games this last few years.
    It might have started that way but their rules, statements from the movers and shakers, that leaked info the other month and things they issue bans/mutes/blacklists/shadowbans for mean all directions is anything but.
     
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  18. tomasowa

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    If it were just up to me, I would leave both Instagram and WhatsApp at this point, but unfortunately I'll have to bear with it:
    • There are some cute members of the opposite sex that I am friends with who've asked me to Follow them on Instagram; I am not a monster that will reject their sincere request ...
    • My family, as with all families around the World, are engrossed in WhatsApp; this is especially true for my parent who have joined an Alma Mater Group comprised of those who that studied together decades ago, are now retired and enjoying the technology that allows them to communicate and plan events together. As such, it would be a burden to ask my parent connect via Telegram just for me, so I am the one on WhatsApp.
    That said, the plan for 2021 is to migrate my family's communications over from Android to iOS, for security and privacy reasons.
    There is also little conflict of interest between Apple and Mainland China, which is useful for communication when we resume routine travels there.
     
  19. Jayro

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    I've really come to enjoy Discord, I just hate the lack of options, and it can be difficult for me to get around sometimes... but the fact that it can literally run on any platform is quite cool, even within your web browser. I enjoy the multiple servers I'm on. Makes staying connected to stuff easy and painless.
     
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  20. Blaze163

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    I technically have an instagram account but I only created it to get more entries in an online contest. I've never posted anything. Or even had the app running for more than about 10 seconds.

    Despite it being advertised in my signature, I haven't actually checked my Twitter account in months.

    I only have a LinkedIn page because it was a requirement from the job centre the last time I was unemployed.

    To be honest I never got on board with the social media hype. I'm not so shallow and pathetic I need to devote every nanosecond of my life to chasing likes from strangers for a momentary high, I don't see why I should share details of my life to people who will seek to exploit that knowledge at any opportunity. I'm only on Facebook because it's an easy way to track people long distance.
     
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