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Facebook now has 1 billion users, though a fair proportion of those users are fake in one way or another. Still, it’s an impressive statistic from the public company whose stock hasn’t fared so well to this point; one which means it’s safe to assume that most of those people reading this are on Facebook.

Those 1 billion people must be doing something on Facebook, otherwise there are a lot of inactive accounts sitting there going to waste. Luckily we have the MakeUseOf readership – an attractive, intelligent bunch if ever I saw one – to poll on this topic. And we did just that for last week’s We Ask You column.

What Do You Use Facebook For?

We asked you, What Do You Use Facebook For? Although we didn’t get 1 billion responses, we did get dozens, which is pretty good going. The mix of comments made was wide and varied, with some taking the opportunity to take a pop at Facebook while others detailed exactly what they used Facebook for.

Reading the whole thread suggests a somewhat negative vibe surrounding Facebook at present. There are a swathe of people that actively dislike the website, and for a number of different reasons. Many feel it is boring, meaningless, and not as good as it once was. Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest are amongst those sites listed as being alternatives, though the sheer number of people on Facebook means actually deleting yourself from Facebook How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips] How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips] For whatever reason you may have, one day you might find yourself wanting to delete a Facebook account. Perhaps you had a few accounts and want to delete the extra ones. Maybe you want to... Read More remains a big step.

Of those who do use Facebook regularly, their activities on the site include sharing photos, connecting with friends, remembering birthdays, reading pages 10 Great Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page's Popularity 10 Great Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page's Popularity Facebook pages come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. Many are pretty lame, gaining very few likes and with hardly anyone talking about them. Obviously the subject of the page is the most... Read More , getting involved in groups How You Can Make Your Facebook Group Popular [Weekly Facebook Tips] How You Can Make Your Facebook Group Popular [Weekly Facebook Tips] So, you made a Facebook group but there's hardly anyone in it? Or maybe you made a group for a specific bunch of people, but can't seem to get anyone to be active within the... Read More , discovering news, checking for local deals, maintaining a network, and playing games. The latter seems to be the number one activity amongst those who read MakeUseOf.


Comment Of The Week

There were a number of great comments made, including those by Vipul Jain, Ryashini Krish, and Laga Mahesa. But Comment Of The Week goes to Koshy George, who won with this short-but-sweet gem:


It may be just a one word comment but it says so much about how Facebook is used. I suspect Koshy isn’t alone in using Facebook for procrastinating. I’m guilty of doing so myself, often choosing to read random updates, contribute to groups, or (more likely) playing another round of Angry Birds than do anything productive with my time.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 24, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I dont even use Facebook

  2. Overlod Eyser
    October 23, 2012 at 1:48 am

    To chat with friends.but since my friends starting to get busy with their own life,they rarely chat with me

  3. Abidhusain Momin
    October 19, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Facebook is very useful if you want to keep in touch with friends, Old classmates etc. .But Other way you can track some of your personal one's.. FB is very helpful when you bored, Also I get technical help by joining technical groups. One of my favorite is I found lots of shayaries, religious information by Facebook.

  4. kumar raja
    October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

    of course for friends only

  5. Gary Mundy
    October 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I use Facebook for nothing. Closed account after about one year. Too many adults acting like teenage drama queens. The few "friends" that I found were only interested in adding me to up their number not actually maintain contact.
    If I haven't heard from some of these people for years there is likely a reason and the advent of Facebook didn't change the fact that I am an A$$. I was then and am now.
    G ;~)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

      As a general rule of thumb if someone has more than a few hundred friends then they must be playing the numbers game. I have 83, and I'm happy with that tally.

  6. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Social Networking!

  7. Ritwick Saikia
    October 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Ha ha...procrastinating is right. But with friends and that's the important part, right??

    • Dave Parrack
      October 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Procrastinating with friends is always better than procrastinating alone :)

  8. Maldobar
    October 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I don't use it much.

  9. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I use FB as an rss feed for many websites.

  10. Ashwin Ramesh
    October 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Well.. Facebook sometimes turns into a news website for me! Even before I get to read the headline in a news website, someone updates his/her status on facebook ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      If you have a good mix of friends who are interested in current affairs this can be very true :)

  11. Chew Jian Yue
    October 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    For now, I am using it for interacting with my friends and being social, compensating what I have lost.

  12. Juliann
    October 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I use Facebook only for games as I don't have a "real" account

  13. Vipul Jain
    October 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

    hahaha.. that was a pin pointed answer!

  14. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I use Facebook to be in touch with friends. From Facebook I have met my old friends form far destinations

    • Neha
      October 17, 2012 at 4:21 am

      Exact, I also use the Facebook for the same.