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I have lots of friends on Facebook, though most are friends of friends whom I don't know personally.  Lots of them are strong atheists, are fighting for LGBT rights, against racism and animal cruelty;  they also have, it seems to me strong political views for many of them.

I'm all for it but sometimes I open my facebook account and I'm swamped by all the representations of those issues, and so very often presented in a horrific fashion.  I also have a few friends that gravitate around buddhism and I also find they get a bit carried away at times...

Some days, I get an overdose  of hate filled messages;  I wish they were a bit less heavy-handed about it, and, it's intersped with the `love all `messages.

I often shut my computer because it gets too much for me.  If I try to go through all my messages which I haven't managed so far, I sit in front of my computer for one and a half or two hours, then I've had it.

I have been thinking of deleting some of those so-called friends but haven't got to it yet since I always think there might be something of interest in their messages.

I have quite a few artists friends that I like a lot.  But by comparison to other people on F.B. I don't have a lot of friends !

There are also some friends who are believers in something, usually family or family-related but they obviously know how I stand on that issue.

I have a personal problem: some of my friends don't speak english, so to get myself clear to everybody I write a french version and an english one.

Another aspect of this Facebook thing is that if there is something worth of interest going, it seems to go viral, and I also get saturated by it.

I really like Googlr, but at the back of my mind, I wonder if it will always remain free.  The same goes for Facebook, Twitter and whatever sites there is.

On AU, I find that people get into lenghty discussions which doesn't really happen on F.B. and also the list of topics to engage in is tremendous.  I raise my hat to the administrators and the moderators on AU.
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First, I must apologize for those who try to read my post because inadvertently I deleted it;  I am very sorry.  Since I kept a draft of the post I will try to write it again.

I have a lot of friends on Facebook, around 100, but most of my friends are friends of friends so that I don't know them personnally.

Lots of them are strong atheists, are fighting for LGBT rights, against racism and animal cruelty and have strong political views, I'm all for it but sometime I'm being swamped by the replies and the representations of those issues, representations that are very often presented in a horrific fashion, not easy to swallow. I also have a few friends that tend towards buddhism and I also find that they get carried away at times.

Sometimes I get an overdose of these hate filled messages, I wish they were a bit less heavy handed about it, and these intersped with the `love all` messages.

Often, I shut my computer because it gets too much for me.  And sitting in front of my computer after one hour and a half or two hours, I never get to catch all the messages that came in.

I've been thinking of deleting some of these so-called `friends`but haven't got around to it since I always think some information of value may come out of them and worth gleaning.

I have also some friends who are believers, generally family or family-related and they obviously know where I stand on that issue.

I have a partial problem: if I write something do I do it in french or english; generally I put the 2 versions.

To note, also, there is some kind of underground news network going on;  it seems to go viral and I get saturated by it.

I really like Google, but in the back of my mind I wonder if it will always remain free,  The same goes for Facebook, Twitter and other sites... ?

On AU I find that people get involved into lenghty discussions which doesn't happen on Facebook and on Au the list of different topics is amazing as opposed to always get the same ones on Facebook.

I admire the administrators and moderators on AU who, I guess, put a stop to this outpouring of hate that occurs so frequently on Facebook and to me gets nowhere,

I raise my hat to the administrators and moderators on AU.

Thank you, and we also thank the members of AU for always keeping discussions civil and for all your contributions in making AU a place for peaceful and constructive interactions.

Thank you Marianne!

Thanks Marianne!  I found your missing text, I hope you do not mind.

 

Thanks a lot Doone;  I guess now pretty much on AU knows that I'm inept with the machine !!!!!!

That would be the same difference between a public mall and a private club. Being semi-private (requiring a sign-up to participate but free to read by all) AU has remained a much smaller community than other bigger established sites. I think it makes for more 'civilized' exchanges.

An experience like Facebook is much more open - as absolutely everyone shares the exact same platform. It's all a matter of who you follow, like Twitter.

On FB I follow mostly family and people I know in real life, and a few folks who 'broadcast' interesting stuff. And even with that limited scope, it easily overwhelms my mail box at times. I often have to unfollow specific conversations. I use Twitter much less, it's more like a bona-fide newsfeed and a global pulse - but I love the tweet size limit, some use it brilliantly (George Takei, for one).

FB only gets me in trouble. Not being able to hold my tongue turns friends into enemies. I found these photos posted by a distant relative and have been trying to shut up, but I finally texted the young one's mother and told her that I'm sure this is supposed to be humor, but possibly a future employer may not look at it this way. Generations change, and what was once frowned upon may no longer be, but I kind of thought these were racist. Am I wrong?

These and her habit of responding to her friends with a well place "niggasplz."

Maybe I'm getting old. =)

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