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    • I've been living without FB for a few years now. I'm so much happier and more productive without it-- I was wasting a lot of time mindlessly scrolling through the feed several times a day.

      One thing I notice is the chronic Facebookers who post every detail about their lives just assume I know what's going on when we meet up in real life. One friend was telling me about her injuries from a car accident and I had no idea she was ever in an accident. She was so surprised I didn't know, and we figured out it's because I'm not on Facebook. I also miss out on invitations, most of which are MLM parties or the like, so I'm not missing a whole lot.

      As for what others miss-- I get a lot of flack for not having FB and posting pictures of my kid for my family and friends to "like," but I want to respect his privacy as much as I respect my own. It's hard for people to understand that, considering he's so young. As if being a child doesn't entitle someone to their own personal privacy.

      That being said, nothing would ever make me log on again.

    • Welcome to Cake, kimmycake. 🙂 One of the productivity things I feel about Facebook is I'll see birthday greetings on my timeline from people I've become Facebook friends with over the years, maybe because they're photographers and I admire the photos they post.

      It's nice, I appreciate the sentiment. Wait, do I know them? Hmmm, maybe I'm supposed to. Maybe they're a customer or I met them somewhere? Better say happy birthday back on their timeline when it rolls around. Wait, would that make them feel obligated to reciprocate every year? And that's how I got on a happy birthday wishing spree for awhile before it got unmanageable.

      I don't blame Facebook for it or my friends, it just seems like an awkward unintended consequence.

    • LinkedIn does this as well, which is weird. I always get a bunch of Happy Birthday wishes from people I've never met. Do I need to reciprocate? lol.... I never do, but I guess it doesn't hurt anything to have some well wishes in my inbox.

    • Ha! My answer to the Facebook birthday reminder dilemma is never wishing anyone a Happy Birthday (except my kids), and hiding my own birthdate so no one is ever reminded of MY birthday. (I think of it as an extra kindness I extend to all my “friends.” Heh.)

      Honestly, those birthday reminders have always felt like a lighter form of the “cut & paste this on your status” malarkey I also never do.

      Bah humbug.

    • Twitter is bizarre in that they tell you to tweet your “Twitter Anniversary” to your followers. What’s an appropriate gift for a 5th anniversary on Twitter?

      I surprised a friend by celebrating his “Twitter birth date” with an official birth certificate like this. @JazliAziz