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I regularly use the following social media programs:

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Facebook
  8% 11 votes
Instagram
0% 1 votes
Twitter
  2% 3 votes
Two of these
  3% 5 votes
All three of these
  2% 3 votes
None of these
  57% 78 votes
Other (please specify in comments)
  3% 5 votes
My media is not social, you insensitive clod!
  21% 29 votes
135 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @12:52AM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @12:52AM (#1288113)

    This poll can end in nothing but shame and embarrassment, unless everyone picks one of two answers.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Monday January 23, @03:49PM (5 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 23, @03:49PM (#1288192) Journal

      There is no shame in antisocial media. I am able to make dew with the "nun of these" option and not be shamed or embarrassed.

      Social Media is not so much a "constellation" or "network" as it a fuster cluck. A centralized one unlike decentralized Usenet which could carry *ahem* certain newsgropes that some campuses or corporations would be embarrassed to host.

      --
      Scissors come in consumer packaging that cannot be opened without scissors.
      • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @07:02PM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @07:02PM (#1288232)

        Not to be a grammar and spelling Nazi, but

        as it a fluster cluck.

        Has SN abandoned all standards since the aristarchus was banned? We'll have no transformational grammer, here!

        • (Score: 4, Informative) by DannyB on Tuesday January 24, @03:04PM (2 children)

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 24, @03:04PM (#1288370) Journal

          No. I did it very correctfully.

          With your solution it is necessary to remove the letter "l" if interchanging prefixes. With my solution, you simply interchange the leading "f" and "cl" in the words fuster cluck. No letters have to go missing.

          --
          Scissors come in consumer packaging that cannot be opened without scissors.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 26, @07:36AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 26, @07:36AM (#1288670)

            Maybe it's my bad eyesight or font kerning...

            What's a 'fuster duck'?

            • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @10:07AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @10:07AM (#1288883)

              Obviously, it is something to be spam modded. Immediately. On site. For no discernable reason.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @07:26PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @07:26PM (#1288237)

        The Fediverse is decentralized.

    • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 01, @05:51PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 01, @05:51PM (#1289682) Homepage Journal

      I'm only on Facebook to get people to read my books. I'm not on Instagrandma because it's a platform for empty-v aliterates, and I'm not on twitter because I'm not a twit.

      Facebook showed me how ignorant normal people are. It saddens me.

      Oh, about Sirius [mcgrewbooks.com], it's probably the least serious stellar system in the galaxy.

      --
      Older than dirt? Kid, I was a BETA TESTER for dirt! We never did get all the bugs out.
  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @02:19AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @02:19AM (#1288121)

    I used to be on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I had a Facebook account back when it was cool to have an account, which was around 2005. When they first added the news feed, I talked with many friends about how creepy it was that you could see a list of actions by your friends. Privacy is a slippery slope to the point that nobody complains about the news feed anymore, and people have accepted far greater abuses of privacy.

    Around 4-5 years ago, I permanently stopped using all of them. For a week or two, it was a bit awkward not checking in. Now, I'm happy to be done with those platforms, and I can't envision ever going back to any of them. Not only do I not feel like I'm missing anything, but I think I'm much happier not being on any of those platforms. It really is addicting. At least for me, the best thing to do was just altogether deleting the apps, removing the sites from my browsing history so they don't show up in my browser's suggestions, and just not signing in.

    The only social media platform that is even remotely interesting to me is Untappd. It is devoid of politics and other inane things that tend to show up on the aforementioned platforms. It's 100% about beer, and I do like trying new beers. But that's it for me. I'm not really sure how social it is anyway, particularly if you're just using it like you would use Ratebeer.

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @09:31AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 23, @09:31AM (#1288153)

      I had a Facebook account when it was cool. I wanted to stalk people. It was fun for a whole. Then my mother joined.

    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Thursday January 26, @02:47AM (1 child)

      by mhajicek (51) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 26, @02:47AM (#1288641)

      Never had it, never will. I do go on Discord to stay on touch with the kids.

      --
      The spacelike surfaces of time foliations can have a cusp at the surface of discontinuity. - P. Hajicek
      • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 01, @05:54PM

        by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 01, @05:54PM (#1289685) Homepage Journal

        I just talked with my kids to connect with youth, but now they're middle aged. Taverns are a fair substitute.

        --
        Older than dirt? Kid, I was a BETA TESTER for dirt! We never did get all the bugs out.
  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday January 24, @11:13PM (5 children)

    by Freeman (732) on Tuesday January 24, @11:13PM (#1288448) Journal

    I caved into the Facebook pressure. My wife was all, you should join, and pointed out that I was tagged in a bunch of photos anyway. So, they already have bunches of data on me. So, I signed up for it. Posted a couple of things over the errmm..., who knows how long ago I created the account. Now, it's an essentially forgotten account that will collect dust, until Facebook goes poof or something. I could access it, if I wanted. I don't want and wish I could claw all my data back from Facebook. That isn't ever going to happen. So, the best I can do is make Facebook pay the infinitesimal amount they have to, to keep my account around.

    --
    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 25, @07:05AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 25, @07:05AM (#1288503)
      Just load it up with fake data like fake birth dates, education, birth place, etc to clutter up their DBs and also help you tell who sold data to who - e.g. if you get a birthday wishes on April 1st you know where that was from.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 25, @10:41PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 25, @10:41PM (#1288601)

        Sockpuppet the Facebork? Janrinok will not approve.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 26, @07:39AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 26, @07:39AM (#1288671)

      I only signed up to Meta so that hot women from Europe could stalk me online.

      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday January 26, @05:00PM (1 child)

        by Freeman (732) on Thursday January 26, @05:00PM (#1288723) Journal

        I would be wary of anyone posing as a hot woman "stalking you" on the internet.

        --
        Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @03:24AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @03:24AM (#1288844)

    I joined a maths-themed instance and really enjoying it.

  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @08:52AM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @08:52AM (#1288871)

    Trifecta of Nuclear stories on the front page, with nowhere for us anti-nuke anti-fa anti-janrinok to post our opinions. This is a grate loss for SoylentNews, which could be much better, even viable, if it once again allowed pure AC posting. But, if not, we are stuck with submissions of the Nuclear Commission.

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @10:11AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @10:11AM (#1288884)

      Or, we could just have even more spam mods. WTF is up with all the Spam Mods???

    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Saturday January 28, @08:48AM (9 children)

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 28, @08:48AM (#1289057) Journal

      which could be much better, even viable, if it once again allowed pure AC posting

      If only a small number of 'pure AC' s wouldn't abuse that privilege by not allowing others the same rights that they demand for themselves.

      It sounds a bit Harry Potterish, don't you think - pure AC?

      I offered a solution which was rejected. Your move.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 28, @10:43AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 28, @10:43AM (#1289061)

        Fuck off, janrinok! You offered nothing, and you side with the Nazis. Typical racist Brit.

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 30, @02:19AM (7 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 30, @02:19AM (#1289228)

        "by not allowing others the same rights that they demand for themselves."

        Umm, buddy? Pretty sure staffers are the only ones that can do so. Oh wait, there is the spam mod that users can use but pure ACs cannot. So, once again, wtf is seriously wrong with your brain?

        • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 30, @09:05AM (6 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 30, @09:05AM (#1289259)

          Somehow, pure AC's posting prevents others from posting, so we stopped the pure AC posting, but then almost all the posting stopped, too, which was strange. Perhaps things are not in reality the way they appear to some editors.

          • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Monday January 30, @09:26AM (5 children)

            by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 30, @09:26AM (#1289260) Journal

            Perhaps things are not in reality the way they appear to some editors.

            It seems to me that the people who are confused are the ACs.

            We haven't stopped anyone from posting. You are posting comments now. So my obvious reply is:

            So, once again, wtf is seriously wrong with your brain?

            You can discuss any topic that you wish. You are free to write comments. The only things that you cannot do are as a result of your own choices.

            • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @01:08AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @01:08AM (#1289407)

              Perhaps things are not in reality the way they appear to some editors.

              It seems to me that the people who are confused are the ACs.

              Hypothesis confirmed?

            • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @10:42PM (3 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @10:42PM (#1289554)

              Janrinok said: "If only a small number of 'pure AC' s wouldn't abuse that privilege by not allowing others the same rights that they demand for themselves."

              So ACs are magically able to stop other people from commenting? Your brain is turning into swiss cheese ya wanker!

              • (Score: 3, Informative) by janrinok on Wednesday February 01, @06:37AM (2 children)

                by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 01, @06:37AM (#1289593) Journal

                There was nothing 'magic' about it. A small number of ACs harass certain users by personal attacks and spamming in an effort to dissuade them from commenting. It continues today and is widespread in the journals. It is the reason why ACs are no longer able to comment on the front page unless they are logged in.

                And using childish insults is not going to help your case either.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 02, @06:57PM (1 child)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 02, @06:57PM (#1289903)

                  How the standards have changed. From free speech to censorship, who knew childish namesare worse than racism and promotion of political terrorism? You throw around false accusations and insults, but as usual the conservative brain says RULES FOR THEE NOT FOR ME!

                  I enjoy these small reminders of how badly you fail the sites original purpose. Maybe that was all a lie and the site was only ever about alt-right shit posting while grifting for beer money and supporter paid hosting?

                  I will agree that discussions look a little better now that comments have a little more accountability. Sadly you still have priorities all screwy like being mad at people pointing out reality and your mistakes instead of those pushing fascism. Churchill would hang his head in shame.

                  • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Friday February 03, @07:00AM

                    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 03, @07:00AM (#1289985) Journal

                    From free speech to censorship

                    Who has been censored? It cannot be you because you are posting now. You are still free to express yourself. So please, give me an example. People disagreeing with you and moderating you as they see fit is not censorship.

                    reminders of how badly you fail the sites original purpose

                    The sites original purpose (Feb 2014) was to discuss topics related primarily to STEM, but not exclusively so. That is exactly what we are doing today.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Friday January 27, @02:44PM (1 child)

    by VLM (445) on Friday January 27, @02:44PM (#1288917)

    Nobody uses those sites anymore, its all bots whispering groupthink propaganda at each other, admittedly still a few legacy little old ladies sharing cute kittie memes, but its mostly bots now.

    The next financial crisis is going to be when Dead Internet Theory goes from "conspiracy theory" to impacting billion dollar company financial reports to "Ah, we knew that was true all along". All that ad spend for bots to show other bots advertisements based on claims that only conspiracy theorists think there are bots on the internet.

  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Friday January 27, @02:53PM (2 children)

    by VLM (445) on Friday January 27, @02:53PM (#1288920)

    Note that addictive things usually have a power law distribution so its no surprise that traffic is at "normal levels" on those sites yet 2/3 of the population don't use them at all.

    See also alcohol where like 5% of the population drinks about 95% of the booze (made up numbers / probably not far off)

    Went thru a "big number" a couple years ago for high school reunion where some clown decided to organize a reunion on Facebook and this roughly matches my experiences, probably 2/3 of my class has an account, of which 90% are essentially unused now, yet there's always that idiot out there who still shitposts a picture of every single meal he eats in 2023 or does the "atheist prayer" of ranting "orange man bad" cringe-ily in 2023 as if anyone sane cares about their prayers.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @03:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @03:17PM (#1288928)

      If you interpret the last option as "none," then you're up to about 3/4's.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @10:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @10:45PM (#1289555)

      I just love how you cannot help but display your bigotry and hypocrisy. Seems like all the old racists are getting much more comfortable these days, I wonder what changed?

  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Friday January 27, @08:41PM (1 child)

    by looorg (578) on Friday January 27, @08:41PM (#1288979)

    Does this place count? Otherwise it's pretty much zero. I only read the others when someone else (person or news article) links to something specific, usually so that I can mock it and all the people there.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @10:48PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 27, @10:48PM (#1289000)

      That sounds like you fall into the last category then. :)

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by istartedi on Monday January 30, @05:07AM (1 child)

    by istartedi (123) on Monday January 30, @05:07AM (#1289243) Journal

    Until about a year ago, I was a regular user of Twitter. Then I decided the toxicity outweighed the utility and went to Tuesdays only. The biggest utility was wildfire tracking--something that a lot of people are doing with WatchDuty, but the web site sucks compared to the app and I'm on a PC not a phone, dammit! Anyway, Musk's takeover made Twitter more about Musk and it's still toxic, just a different flavor of toxicity so I use it even less now--but I still monitor it. I've moved to Mastodon and don't restrict myself to Tuesdays, but find I post less than I did when I considered myself an active Twitter user. It could be that social media has had its day for me.

    FaceBook never appealed to me--I tried it for a few months, and found its ability to connect me with people from highschool to be creepy and not something I wanted. Instagram is very app oriented, and I don't use a "smart" phone so that was always out.

    I'm hoping that Mastodon reaches critical mass and that some 3rd party devs make it as useful as Twitter used to be. The killer app for Twitter was grass roots reporting from all over the world (it scooped the MSM on Arab Spring by about 3 days).

    It would be nice to get that magic back without it devolving in to endless arguments about race, conspiracy theories, etc. It used to be possible to screen that out on Twitter. The biggest nail in the coffin for me was not Musk, but a revision to the UI that took out the ability to localize trends. Local trends were usually interesting, and often about the aforementioned California fires that I was tracking. National trends are almost always hot garbage, and once the "stans" figured out how to "stan" trends, the utility of trends went hard in to the basement.

    • (Score: 1) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday February 01, @12:12PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 01, @12:12PM (#1289618) Homepage Journal

      ability to connect me with people from highschool to be creepy and not something I wanted

      At the same time, Facebook completely failed to connect me with those few people whom I thought I wanted to reconnect. I took that as an early hint that I didn't need Facebook in my life. Unless, all my friends that I wanted to contact did the same as I did. How many here registered with false names, then poisoned the well?

      --
      Don’t confuse the news with the truth.
  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @10:06AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, @10:06AM (#1289447)

    Quote Editor Janrinok:

    It isn't a story - it is under the 'Ask Soylent' banner. What do members of our community know about it and has anybody seen it in use? For what purpose?

    Funny, do not see any such banner. Did you possibly mean Steve Bannon? And, apparently, Soylentils know nothing, and don't care. If only there were Zeitgeist for porpoises! That would generate some chum and splashy business!

    [Posting this here, because, I am an outcast, an untouchable, I am a pure AC. Buddy, can you spare a mod?]

  • (Score: 2) by Magic Oddball on Tuesday January 31, @10:23PM (1 child)

    by Magic Oddball (3847) on Tuesday January 31, @10:23PM (#1289551) Journal

    The only "social" apps/programs I have installed are one for checking Reddit messages I rarely use, and Discord.

    Website-wise, I occasionally check a couple of Facebook pages (lost pets in my city & a cat I donated money to save after he was hit by a car), and every few days I glance my Twitter account out of boredom to see if any of the few people I follow has posted anything interesting. I also check Reddit a few times each week (with decreasing frequency).

    I looked into Mastodon, but after discovering that the only servers that don't ban statements like "I don't think biological males should be allowed to compete in women's sports" are completely isolated from other servers, I decided to not bother.

    The main "social" place I'm active is a blog-based community (one blog post per month with threaded Disqus comments) that is pleasantly reminiscent of a newsgroup I used to hang out on back in Usenet's heyday.

    • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 01, @06:05PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 01, @06:05PM (#1289693) Homepage Journal

      Apps? Hell, no! I have a browser, why do I need a social media app, or a news app, or a weather app? Few apps have any true functionality for those who download them. The true utility is to those who produce those apps.

      --
      Older than dirt? Kid, I was a BETA TESTER for dirt! We never did get all the bugs out.
  • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Wednesday February 01, @02:22AM (1 child)

    by MostCynical (2589) on Wednesday February 01, @02:22AM (#1289570) Journal

    technically, soylentnews qualifies as social media, as do technical and topic-specific chat boards.

    we are more anti-social than many other sites, and have (slightly) less inane posting..

    --
    "I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it." -Batou, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    • (Score: 3, Touché) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 01, @06:10PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 01, @06:10PM (#1289696) Homepage Journal

      we are more anti-social than many other sites, and have (slightly) less inane posting

      I see it's been a while since you've been to Farcebook.

      --
      Older than dirt? Kid, I was a BETA TESTER for dirt! We never did get all the bugs out.
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