[LINK] fish/bicycle thing - QQ.com

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Tue Feb 22 11:49:44 AEDT 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au 
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Pilcher, Fred
> Sent: Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:53 AM
> To: Paul Bolger; Webb, KerryA
> Cc: Link list
> Subject: Re: [LINK] Yet another reason why I dislike Facebook 
> intensely
> Paul wrote:
> > > Like all tools, it's up to you what you do with it.
> >
> > What I don't like about Facebook is the feeling that it's 
> using me...
> That would be because it is. I only succumbed recently and, 
> like all these things, it's a case of trade-offs. I find 
> Facebook useful for keeping in superficial touch with a 
> largeish group of people with whom I'd probably lose contact 
> otherwise but I take reasonable precautions to only give 
> Facebook information that don't mind it selling (because I 
> doubt that it's of any commercial value) or sharing with world+dog.
> It's insecure, exploitative, superficial and shallow but, 
> providing you don't use it for anything important, it has its 
> uses. Other tools are more appropriate for more important 
> things; e-mail and Link go together like a horse and 
> carriage, whereas Facebook and Link would be more the 
> fish/bicycle thing.
An interesting turn of phrase.
I just saw a series on China which showed people riding to the river [or
ocean] on bicycles and riding home with their fish (about 100 million
per day).

QQ.Com (Chinese anime Facebook Replacement) now reports 600 million
regular Users

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