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David Craig

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613 days ago

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I often see comparisons, commentaries, or speculations on where LJs fits in the area of social networking. After experiencing this site for about 3 years, I believe it is one of the few sites in which “social networking” can legitimately be argued to actually occur.

The term social networking is usually applied to sites like Facebook. I personally do not feel this is accurate because I believe FB to be more in line with self promotion much more than true social networking. In FB, the space you create is very specific to “you.” You choose who views your posts, comments on your posts, or posts on your wall. Your interactions are strictlly with those on your friends list. This same list also filters what you will see on your home page because you can only view the posts that are made from this same list. It is very egocentric and you are at the center of your networking experience. This is not a slam against FB, we all need to have a place in our world where we can support self interest and feel important.

But I don’t believe this is true “social” networking because societies are not built on the concept of “I.”

What observations have you made over your time here at LJs? How has this site been different for you than a more personally accomodating site like Facebook? How are they the same? I am curious about how others here view an online society.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 613 days ago

I totally see your point David. I don’t do Facebook. Too much information that I really don’t care about. When I talk to someone here it involves a specific topic that I am obviously interested in. I do believe that it is also a learning site. The educational value to me is immeasurable. I feel like I could meet anyone here at a restaurant and have something to talk about!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Howie

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#2 posted 612 days ago

I agree with Monte.

-- Life is good.

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 612 days ago

Nor do I use FB. At least LJs can be “task-specific”, and THAT is a good thing. When LJs does go “social”(some threads) then folks will eventually go at each others throats. Been there, done that, and am as guilty of it as all others who venture over to the “social networking” side of LJs.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Roger

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#4 posted 612 days ago

Monte said everything I was thinking of saying.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 612 days ago

Agree with everyone above. The only thing I’d add is that visiting LJ is like getting a new copy of Fine Woodworking back in the 1980s when I first discovered that magazine—only I don’t have to wait on a bi-monthly basis.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 612 days ago

I have learnt a lot during the last 1000 odd days. From other LJ’s for which I am grateful and by my experience which I try to pass on, here. I don’t see a lot of giving on sites like Facebroke (pun intentional).

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 612 days ago

Ditto to what Monte said.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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David Craig

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#8 posted 612 days ago

Thanks for the comments folks. I believe you all pretty much validated my point. LJ’s is more community focused where our comments and actions affect the group as a whole. And, I might add, this site does much better when we all act accordingly. I have facebook and it is useful in its own way for keeping relatives updated on events. However, I couldn’t help but notice the irony over Thanksgiving, when everyone’s head was stuck in a phone app or computer. Most of them ignoring each other because they were on Facebook. I find the term “social networking” an oxymoron when it is used like that :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 612 days ago

_”...I couldn’t help but notice the irony over Thanksgiving, when everyone’s head was stuck in a phone app or computer….”

For me this long weekend, I actually got all the 7- drawers pieces all cut, sized and dado’d (7-drawer Shaker chest). I am ready for my final glue up of the drawers and then I’ll be ready for my first experience with Shellac… We’ll see… I am a slow worker and work in spurts, after all it is my retirement hobby 8-).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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404 - Not Found

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#10 posted 612 days ago

I personally found Facebook to be a big disappointment. I haven’t the slightest interest in whether someone from a lifetime ago is making pancakes for breakfast (and posting photos for all to see, too). Then again, I might be considered an old fart for not loving all that crap.
You only have to look at a couple of threads here to see there really is social networking going on (HPoYD, Blue Collar Woodworking, Workbench Smackdown, etc.), as well as a knowledge base there’s a jovial interaction with those guys which I think is great.
There’s always something interesting on the forums at LJ’s, there’s a lot to be gleaned in terms of know-how and I always find it fascinating just how many ways you can skin the proverbial rabbit. Don’t forget as well, that running a one-man shop is a lonely occupation – so that interaction is a welcome diversion from all that time you spend with just a piece of wood for company. It is for me anyway.

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David Craig

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#11 posted 612 days ago

Glad it was a productive weekend for you Mike. I understand the working in spurts bit. It is my non-retirement hobby :) Hopefully someday…

I will be keeping an eye out for that Shaker chest. Sounds like a beautiful piece.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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David Craig

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#12 posted 612 days ago

Totally hear that one jenners. Where else you gonna go when you make a rare find of some spalted maple. Show it to anyone I physically know around here and they will ponder my excitement for about 10 seconds and say “Ummmm yes, is that wood?”

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 612 days ago

Ditto what Monte said. This site has been invaluable to me. It has expanded my social network of like-minded people more in the past 68 days than Facebook ever could.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 612 days ago

I dont do Facebook nethier, to much bad stuff on there.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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