What Do You Use Facebook For? [You Told Us]

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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 remains a big step.

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Of those who do use Facebook regularly, their activities on the site include sharing photos, connecting with friends, remembering birthdays, reading pages, getting involved in groups, 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, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives 150 MakeUseOf points to use for Rewards or Giveaways for this short-but-sweet gem:

Procrastinating

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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Anonymous

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

Neha

Exact, I also use the Facebook for the same.

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Vipul Jain

hahaha.. that was a pin pointed answer!

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Juliann

I use Facebook only for games as I don’t have a “real” account

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Chew Jian Yue

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

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Ashwin Ramesh

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

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

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Anonymous

I use FB as an rss feed for many websites.

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Maldobar

I don’t use it much.

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Ritwick Saikia

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

Dave Parrack

Procrastinating with friends is always better than procrastinating alone :)

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Anonymous

Social Networking!

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Gary Mundy

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

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.

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kumar raja

of course for friends only

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Abidhusain Momin

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.

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Overlod Eyser

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

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Siddhant Chaurasia

I dont even use Facebook

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