posted on May, 14 2010 @ 05:39 PM
While I at one time enjoyed using Facebook to make contact with past friends & distant family who have an easier time communicating through a one-stop
site compared to e-mail/im/webpages separately, I now have stripped all but a minimum from my profile due to MANY privacy concerns. It's the same
reason behind leaving Google's services. I'm not so much paranoid as proactive over the ability for complete profiles to be built on an individual
that can be sold to insurance companies for example who may then use that information to raise premiums for example.
As for a social site dedicated to alternative minded individuals, well, I don't see a need. Social networking is already outdated. MySpace died with
Facebook. Facebook has a close rival in Twitter. Once corporations & (sorry to say) elderly family members take over a scene, the "hip" move to the
next big thing. If ATS can predict or attempt to predict what this will be, I think I would be more apt to create an account and explore the
offerings. (Personally, with all of our instant communication, I feel a that disconnection movements will soon take over where people organize online,
but meet up in person...possibly even a CB/HAM radio revival).
I love message boards. There's something arcane enough about them, yet real-time postings, that connect with my technological roots (dial-up BBS). I
would hate to see such a media change due to the mere ability to utilize new technologies. Yes, I know ATS has a corporate mission, however, I say if
it works, why mess with it?