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Old 01-24-2018, 10:43 PM
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How many unplugged from the internet and social media world?

I have been an avid user since the beginning of MySpace (deleted years and years ago) Facebook and Instagram. I had my FB and IG account since their inception and just today, as I write this post, have decided to delete them both.

What a weird and almost scary feeling I am going through. No more are the days of posting pictures of my dogs, drums, or sharing shameless self promotions, or feeling the warm fuzzies from thumbs ups, likes, and hearts.

I don't know how long this will be but for now it feels right.

Have anyone of you removed yourself or stopped using them? What did you find to pass the time outside of watching cat videos or liking your friends baby pictures?
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:53 PM
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Iím playing with the idea of deleting FB, but a lot of family is on mine and we literally use it as a means to communicate, so Iím not sure I can. Weíll see how much I curb usage. I did stay off drummerworld for three weeks, and what was scary about that was that the longer I stayed off, the desire to jump on got less and less.
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:59 PM
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Iím playing with the idea of deleting FB, but a lot of family is on mine and we literally use it as a means to communicate, so Iím not sure I can. Weíll see how much I curb usage. I did stay off drummerworld for three weeks, and what was scary about that was that the longer I stayed off, the desire to jump on got less and less.
I kept the messenger app because there are still a few who I do talk to daily but for some reason or another we don't have each others phone numbers.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:02 PM
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I stay off of the vanity sites. I have a blank LinkedIn profile so my professional contacts can find me if they need to. Aside from that, I like my friends and family, and if I read their SM posts, I'm afraid that would change, so why ruin a good thing.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:09 PM
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I never did jump on the facebook thing. To me it's a very weird place. Most people on there are projecting some weird sanitized/badassed version of themselves or the opposite where they get off on the sympathy replies for the bad stuff they post.

Just read another article that facespace is named as a serious contributor to divorce the vast majority, upwards of 80-90% of the time these days.

I think the article said something about it being a "buffet of easy-access exes, single people, flirtation and melting pot for jealousy".

For almost everyone I know, more measurable harm than "good" comes of it, and the worst part is that when you get really sucked in, your life revolves around it. Everything you do or don't do starts to go through a filter of "is this good for facebook"? I know people who felt that amazing trips to the beach or other cool place were a "waste of time" because they couldn't get any facebook-worthy pictures to post. Never mind that they might have had fun if they weren't so worried about that issue.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:11 PM
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I have a Facebook account, but haven't posted to it or edited it in probably 5 years. I'm not on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Snapchat, Reddit, Grindr, etc... I don't have time for all the BS of social media. I'm on a few drum websites, I have a YouTube account (but don't really post many videos or comments), and I have email. That's the extent of my socializing on the internet.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:53 AM
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It completely depends what you want to give or get via the Internet. There are some aspects that have become essential, such as email, and the ability to use web sites (and apps) for shopping, bill-paying, and gathering info.

I've been online since early 1993. Forums were still bulletin boards, there was no SM yet, and web content was still in its infancy, so personal domains & sites were rare (not to mention the limited storage space allotted, and the super-slow 56k dialups!)

So, I've kinda grown with the Internet experience, and have always been accessible. It never occurred to me to delete any of my presences, however redundant they might be. With the exception of Myspace, which became really difficult to manage after they made some unfortunate and detrimental interface changes. I really can't believe they still exist when there are far more elegant and navigable personal music promotion platforms available.

I do have Twitter and Instagram accounts, but I don't use them much. I literally do one tweet a year to let my few followers know I'm still checking once in a (great) while. Same with Instagram, just a handful of photos dating back 3 or 4 years. No Pinterest... I'm just not pinterested. :)

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Old 01-25-2018, 05:22 AM
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Never ventured in the social media world. And from what Iíve observed... not missing a much... except a lot of BS. Iím doing just fine without it.
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:07 AM
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If I wasn't in a local bar band, I probably wouldn't use Facebook. 20+ years ago, we promoted our local shows with paper flyers in the local record store. Now that those are obsolete, Facebook is the best way to get people to follow your band, attend shows, etc....(especially when many venues do minimal, if any advertising for the shows YET expect the band to bring a crowd if they expect to be booked again in the future.)

I run my band's Facebook page and do all the promoting and spend WAY more time than I'd care to admit. But I feel like it's a necessity as a dive bar band.
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:58 AM
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Sounds like Iím at home among friends right here...wait, doesnít this site constitute social media? I mean, we post stuff, get approvals or shredding. If disapproved, we get our shorts in a wad and if approved, the warm and fuzzy. Yup, social media! That said, itís nice to have a narrow focus. It keeps us liking each other. Without sites like this, Iím not sure how weíd get info on specifics these days.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:55 AM
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Iíve still got a MySpace account although lord knows what the password is and I havenít looked at it in about 8 years.
I reactivated my Facebook account a few months back because Iíd discovered that messages I was sending to pubs via Facebook Messenger werenít being picked up unless I was a ďfriendĒ or had ďlikedĒ the pub. I have been slightly sucked back into it but with my hand on my heart itís for literally minutes in a day or slightly more if Iím reposting a gig advert for my bands. Iíve muted many ďfriendsĒ news feeds due to the sheer volume of rubbish they post. I actually think itís a bit sad that they feel the need to live so much of their lives through Facebook and I think future generations will reap the consequences. Iím already saddened seeing babies and young children in push chairs craving communication while their parents either talk about nothing on their mobiles or update their statuses.
Just yesterday I unfollowed a load of people on Twitter. The only people I follow are a small handful of bands and thatís only so that I can learn when concert tickets etc go on sale. My experience of Twitter is that people tend to follow people they donít like so that they can bitch and moan against them, plus things which are THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ON TWITTER mean nothing once youíve logged off. As an aside I tend to switch off from news articles that quote ďa twitter userĒ. Someone probably thicker than me has a Twitter comment picked up, so what? I also deleted almost every Tweet Iíd made or retweeted in the last 6 years. The latest England Womenís Football Team Manager has been getting major negative attention in the media based on tweets he made in 2012. They were crass and ill advised and best, however they may well have been taken right out of context because everyone who knows him has him down as a humble, helpful gentleman so I thought ďthere but for the grace of God go IĒ if Iím ever up for a job interview.
I rarely listen to news in the car despite being in it all day, I avoid the BBC news app and programmes like the plague. In my opinion theyíre a once great organisation reduced to virtue signalling instead of news broadcasting.
I was on another drum forum for nearly 15 years and deleted my account only last week due to a rebranding and move to a new platform that resulted in many of the embers either not being able to reactivate their accounts at all or having so much trouble doing so that they just gave up.
I have a LinkedIn account that I have never posted on in about 6 years but on which I connect with employment agencies when I get a request because may need to use them at some point.
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Old 01-25-2018, 01:48 PM
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I unplugged mainly due to not using FB at all. Seems nothing is done without facebook or youtube anymore.
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:16 PM
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As Bermuda has said, it is what you make of it. And yes forums like this are social media as well. This one, unlike Twitter and Facebook is very closely moderated to keep the trolls in line snd the negativity at a minimum. Facebook is so big it would take a thousand people, a whole staff to moderate it. My Facebook account is public but i have the ability to block whomever I want and have many times.
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:54 PM
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I deleted my Facebook in the heat of the election season. My feed was basically a political message board with lots of nasty things being said. That was pretty much the exact opposite of what I wanted/needed to see at the time.
After I deleted it I kind of just never went back. i don't miss it and wish I could have the time back I spent on it practicing drums, or spending actual time with friends!
Instagram has taken longer to get rid of because there's little confrontational content on it. But, I have been realizing that it's unnecessary in my life. Seems like there's betting things to do in your downtime than scroll through your phone looking at pictures of puppies!

If you're curious about it try it for 1 solid month! And don't just "Not do it." Plan on things you can do to replace the time you spend doing it. Download ebooks, practice drums, phone a friend, setup a date or be content with just collecting your thoughts here and there.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:18 PM
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If I wasn't in a local bar band, I probably wouldn't use Facebook. 20+ years ago, we promoted our local shows with paper flyers in the local record store. Now that those are obsolete, Facebook is the best way to get people to follow your band, attend shows, etc....(especially when many venues do minimal, if any advertising for the shows YET expect the band to bring a crowd if they expect to be booked again in the future.)

I run my band's Facebook page and do all the promoting and spend WAY more time than I'd care to admit. But I feel like it's a necessity as a dive bar band.
Exactly my situation. Joined FB two years ago to promote a new band. Have since discovered lots of old school and uni friends, but don't post often.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:22 PM
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My first night without it was peaceful. I had an appointment with my barber, so that was essentially me going out for the night. It was a quiet evening for the most part aside from a few texts messages.

They opened the gym back at my apartment so I can get back to my schedule there, also my speaker is fixed so I can practice on my ekit at the apartment between actual practices.

The only thing I seemed to miss right now and the ability to promote for tomorrows show, which the other members can do.

I might reactivate it so I can see when bands I like come to town, but most of the time if I get invited somewhere I ignore it.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:32 PM
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My first night without it was peaceful. I had an appointment with my barber, so that was essentially me going out for the night. It was a quiet evening for the most part aside from a few texts messages.

They opened the gym back at my apartment so I can get back to my schedule there, also my speaker is fixed so I can practice on my ekit at the apartment between actual practices.

The only thing I seemed to miss right now and the ability to promote for tomorrows show, which the other members can do.

I might reactivate it so I can see when bands I like come to town, but most of the time if I get invited somewhere I ignore it.
Create a new FB account that exists solely for the purpose of band-related activities. It will have very few friends and only the essentials on your feed.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:36 PM
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Create a new FB account that exists solely for the purpose of band-related activities. It will have very few friends and only the essentials on your feed.
I could make a 'business' account for Instagram and Facebook and only have it revolve around drumming and work related posts.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:44 PM
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I started using my wife’s FB, but she insisted I start my own after some confusion. I initially liked it and able to keep up with family (it was fun fluff) however over time and “friending” old grammar and high school classmates you start to realize some are batshit crazy. Then too now it’s gotten all political and that is a big turnoff to me. I still enjoy reading and seeing but rarely comment now. Now don’t be mistaken that I’m jaded against batshit crazy cause that would make me a hypocrite LOL.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:51 PM
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First, good for you for deleting social media!

I used to get stressed about it, but I decided if I was going to stay on it, here's what I did:

1. Unsubscribed from anyone who posts anything political (even if I agree).
2. Unsubscribed from anyone who uses FB only for multi-level marketing.
3. Unsubscribed from anyone who only posts depressing things.
4. Unsubscribed from anyone who I find myself remotely jealous of.
5. Unsubscribed from anyone who posts scantily-clad people (or themselves).
6. Unsubscribed from anyone who use or post things that have foul language a lot.

Doing this has helped my FB experience. It's more boring now, but that keeps me off of it. If I wasn't in a band, I probably would do one of those joint FB accounts with my wife and let her take care of all of the messages and stuff. Heck, I have her check my phone texts as it is if I'm busy. FB band sites are a flipping joke; they might as well not exist, so I post the majority of my band stuff on my personal FB.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:31 PM
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Some people feel that social media has a negative impact on their lives, but it's not that way for me. I started surfing the worldwide web back around '95, and I was visiting and contributing to internet forums like this from the beginning. I got all that ego and internet conflict stuff out of my system early. By the time social media as we know it today arrived, I was pretty experienced with the online culture.

Social media is what you decide to do with it. Like anything else, you can get compulsive about it, overdo it and abuse it. It's not going anywhere, and it is increasingly essential to staying connected, not just with friends, but with what's going on in the world. Whether you care about that or not is really up to you. People have always longed to go off the grid. Before social media, that meant not having a telephone or TV. Now, you can delete your Facebook page or eschew the smartphone, I guess.

For me, it's not that addictive. I avoid the things I don't like. I never try to change people's minds. And I NEVER discuss politics. That's the main one, right there. Because nothing good or rewarding comes of that. But I enjoy re-connecting with old friends and I like keeping up on what my friends and family are doing.

If you feel it's a temptation you need to avoid, I can understand that. I mean, for me that would be pizza, not social media. But I can relate.
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Old 01-25-2018, 05:23 PM
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1. Unsubscribed from anyone who posts anything political (even if I agree).
2. Unsubscribed from anyone who uses FB only for multi-level marketing.
3. Unsubscribed from anyone who only posts depressing things.
4. Unsubscribed from anyone who I find myself remotely jealous of.
5. Unsubscribed from anyone who posts scantily-clad people (or themselves).
6. Unsubscribed from anyone who use or post things that have foul language a lot.
This should be a standard Social Media Guidelines.

And wasn't there a Facebook bigwig who said he'd never let his kids use any social media because it's debilitating?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...ter-and-google
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:05 PM
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Only on FB, haven't bothered with twitter, instagram.

FB used to have some genuinely funny stuff on it before the professionally offended morale crusaders came along and ruined it for everyone. 1984 was wasted on some people, not referring to the Van Halen album either!

If something offends you haven't got any special rights and you don't have an argument. People need to man the f*ck up or just unsubscribe. Preferably both!

Anything political gets unsubscribed same for anything religious. Same with the people who post their every waking second.

I love FB just for the banter I can have with cricket fans all over the world. Too much in life is serious social media shouldn't be.
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Drummerworld is my social media.

I have Facebook, which I check about twice a year... unless someone here posts a link to something drumming related. I have a Twitter account from years back and don't even know the password anymore, and of course Youtube - and that's just so I can save videos to watch later.

All the rest is crap!
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I have a similar method as PorkPie on FB, with some mild differences.

I (obviously) don't mind discussion around what's considered political, even with people on the "other" side of the spectrum, until it gets to name calling or presumption about someone's intentions or character. People who post things starting with "These idiots (or whatever)...." get unfollowed regardless of whether I agree with their basic opinions or not (I'm actually more unforgiving with those who I agree with). That took care of at least half of the people on my feed in the fall of 2016.

People in constant need of validation get unfollowed.

People who persistently repost links to dumb memes and listicles eventually get unfollowed.

People who are constantly showing off how good and exotic their life seems to look on FB get unfollowed.

People or Pages who post one sentence, then a 2" paragraph of hastags. These definitely get unfollowed.



I have no problem with foul language, with the exception of when it's used for the express purpose of vitriolically putting someone else down.



Pretty much all I have left after all that are a couple music listening groups I belong to, groups for my kids school, and a small handful of friends and pages who somehow avoid these pitfalls. Like PorkPie, it's quite boring now...

I was actually mostly off FB (my method was just to disable the app on my phone, where I do 95% of my online activity) for a while but the realities of needing to promote an original music band got me to slowly creep back into in. I'm sure there is truth to the dumbness of FB music pages, but promoters and bookers want to see how many people are following you, and a FB event page is more likely to garner attention for a show than just a link to where you can buy tickets.
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Anyone who isn't embracing a social presence online is behind. W-A-Y behind. Like, you're a dinosaur.

I'm not saying that you need to be GaryV or some kind of Social Media Infulencer (yeah, it's an actual paid job-look it up) but some of the basic world-ly things are better served through the interwebs.

For those using social sites to promote yourself, good. You should. Many a success story has stemmed from the simplest online avenues (Youtube=Bieber, Journey-Arnel Pineda, etc). Mind you the world is completely saturated...

Some drummers have super-status solely because launching platform of the internet. All these young prodigies you see exploited over youtube wouldn't have even gotten an eyeball from anyone if there wasn't the innovations of Youtube and FB virals.

Personally, I keep my own to limited FB, Instagram, LinkedIn and a couple internet forums. Not falling into the web-hype politics, misleading whatever, and etc...is what takes some discipline; its real creature to beat nowadays. What most annoys me about most social sites is that people take most of what they see now as truth. Anyone can say something or make a fake scripted video and it'll go viral if its outlandish enough. Silly really.

Why wouldn't you want as many things working for you whether its your business, band, job, etc...?
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Why wouldn't you want as many things working for you whether its your business, band, job, etc...?
Because the signal-to-noise ratio is very poor.

Some people may have gotten great returns from social media but others find it to be an useless, noisy anchor in their life.
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Because the signal-to-noise ratio is very poor.

Some people may have gotten great returns from social media but others find it to be an useless, noisy anchor in their life.
I understand, but turning it off might not necessarily be the answer over just making it work. I suppose though a reality check on what kind of ROI vs time and effort invested is appropriate first.

I can understand dumping it if it's just dead weight.
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I understand, but turning it off might not necessarily be the answer over just making it work. I suppose though a reality check on what kind of ROI vs time and effort invested is appropriate first.

I can understand dumping it if it's just dead weight.

I think the ability to filter through the noise is going to be different for each person. Like, some people can have an easier time moderating their drinking/eating/smoking/tv/whatever and some people need to remove themselves completely from situations where these things are temptations in order to have a happy day to day existence.

I think it (either being connected or not) is definitely worth it if it actually makes your life better one way or the other. And only you can decide that.
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Why wouldn't you want as many things working for you whether its your business, band, job, etc...?
Because I’ve gotten way more out of my life and career spending time growing it and enjoy it, then having people tell me I’m stupid.

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It can be annoying at times but when I find it getting a little too much or I'm using it too much I just put it down for a while.

Nice keeping up to date with friends around the country though. I've found some really good music on recommendations also, both positives.

It has its positives and negatives but it's not real life. Try and keep the real private stuff off social media and keep it music related mostly. Some stuff is best only sharing with my partner/family.
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I stay on FB because I use it to advertise my gigs.
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Because the signal-to-noise ratio is very poor.
Alternatively, there are some people that believe there isn't actually any signal to sort out. It's all noise, and any signal we perceive is just a narcissistic illusion trying to get us to put our heads in the water.

To demonstrate.... tonight I boiled the carcass from last night's leftover chicken, added some carrots, potatoes, sweet onion, chard, arugula, and basil from solarium.



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Old 01-26-2018, 04:14 PM
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As a business resource, it's great. For personal use....No thanks. I have no desire to share my private life online.
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I don't remember anyone saying "Wow look at all the huge crowds that appeared omce we started that Facebook thing". Or the Twitter, Instagram thing.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:17 PM
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Well, I ended up back on FB and IG but I deleted a ton of people and am somewhere around 100 friends.

In other news, I created a Musian Instagram account to be strictly music related. I have 14 follows right now. Is this the high life or what?
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:27 PM
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Drummerworld is the begining and end of my social media'ing, if it can be considered that. Are forums social media?
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Drummerworld is the begining and end of my social media'ing, if it can be considered that. Are forums social media?
Forums like this tend to be much more of a small community than a social network site. The key difference is the way things are so aggressively inter-shared between users of social networking with the goal of increasing views and reach.

Here we come looking for our friends and info, on "social" platforms they push the info and "friends" on you.

Like the difference between a business networking event and a house party of friends.
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Thanks doc, always been more of a party person.
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