Friday, June 22, 2007

Join the 'Readers of Iain Dale's Diary' Facebook Group


There is now a READERS OF IAIN DALE'S DIARY on Facebook HERE. If you have a Facebook account, do join the group. And if you haven't got a Facebook account yet, what are you waiting for?!

29 comments:

raincoaster said...

"What are you waiting for?"

For the flavour of the week stench to blow off Facebook...and on to Twitter...and the next thing, and the next thing. Really, at this point I'm rationing the things I'm attached to; the last thing most people need is yet another group to keep track of. Facebook is most attractive to those who haven't already joined Friendster, LinkedIn, etc, etc, etc.

Anonymous said...

Is this similiar to being a member of the Rotary Club?

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Yes. It's univeral

Norfolk Blogger said...

I started one for my blog also with the simple question posted up "What is the point in Facebook".

To me its like the emperors new clothes or like a chocolate teapot. it serves no purpose at all.

However, if anyone knows of ANY reasons why it is useful or good they can join my NorfolkBlogger facebook group and tell me.

Another Ed said...

Off topic: Iain, there's a deeply worrying poll in today's ST. In light of the public's perception of DC v GB, should DC stick to the plan - or is a change of tack required? Any thoughts?

Charlotte Corday said...

Page 33 of today's "Sunday Telegraph" - quote from a teenage girl: "Everyone in the whole world thinks it's super creepy when adults have Facebooks."

Norfolk Blogger said...

Charlotte, the whole quote reads

"One young Facebook user says: "Everyone in the whole world thinks it's super creepy when adults have Facebooks." Except they don't. It's only creepy if they try to be "down with the kids" while they do it."

super creepy said...

I think Iain is a Facebook Fogey.

Chuck Unsworth said...

I'm sorry, being a cranky old git I can not see the point of this 'face book' exercise.

What are the benefits of signing up to this new craze?

super creepy said...

You get to meet Iain Dale?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Iain, but I actually have a life...

Harlsbottom said...

As a young person with a silly pseudonym, all I can say that Facebook offers is an interesting manner in which to waste time on the internet. It is also insanely addictive. Pity the poor university students such as myself who have been using it non-stop for more than a year now!

Anonymous said...

This speech would be a bit more convincing if party spokesmen would stop the practice of making random policy announcements that have to be retracted within hours or days.
If there is a policy review on a subject then perhaps it is better to await it. The Hugo Swire/Museums cockup is a sad example but only the latest.
We also hear that there is going to be a blog called "Stand up, Speak up - The Nation's Dispatch Box". Will this communicate top-down or bottom-up? If it is top-down then it will just be a set of announcements - it is hard to believe that there will be a free interchange of ideas as Mr Cameron has not shown much respect for the deluded party members so far. He has mosty treated us like the opposition, not his friends.

GM said...

Do we get a free gift with membership?

Colin said...

Ah, now I see the point of this post. See today's Media Guardian, p.5, when Iain Dale of this cyber-parish 'gets our gong for being our most popular media Facebooker'.

Well done that man, even if I did have to sully my hands with the Guradian where most of the ink comes off on the reader's fingers. I only read it on Mondays, honest ...

Anonymous said...

Iain Dale = Desperate for new friends

This strikes me as remarkably immature for a professional man in his 40s.

wrinkled weasel said...

Suddenly everybody wants me to join Facebook. I don't know what it is but I already feel like a perv being on My Space. I did this to keep in touch with my kids (yes, sad but true). I leave messages like, "please call me back when you have some credit".They communicate in some sort of code and horrify me with little messages to their pals like "CU @ frffrfr ..let's get wasted" I am a voyeur in their lives. Horrible. And their are these terrible "self-pics" that make them look as though they have mumps or multiple conjoined heads.

I keep getting people wanting to be my friend. They usually want to direct me to their amazing free nudie site.

I don't want any friends. I hate people, even in the nude.

I havn't had a personal letter, written in ink, for two years.. even from the few people I can tolerate.

Help.

Peter said...

Iain, do you own shares in Facebook? Are you endlessly promoting it so that when they "go public" you can cash in your shares and retire from public life?

raincoaster said...

Are you going to bump this EVERY Friday?

The Remittance Man said...

Like Chuck I have yet to be convinced that Facebook actually provides one with any benefits.

Will it get me laid more often? Prove a limitless source of tax free wealth? Provide endless original entertainment? I really don't know.

Can anyone enlighten me?

Little Black Sambo said...

Is there a special handshake?

Anonymous said...

There is nothing like PR and Spin! If I mention Facebook on my webpage, will they send me a cheque?

Andy said...

On joining up, FaceBook asks the salient question, "How do you know Iain Dale?"

The following options are available, each one leading to one or more further probing questions, making me wonder if I should have been read my rights first...

Lived together
Worked together
From an organization or team
Took a course together
From a summer / study abroad program
Went to school together
Traveled together
In my family
Through a friend
Through Facebook
Met randomly
We hooked up
We dated
I don't even know this person.

After struggling for several seconds with the mischevious idea of ticking 'We dated', just to see what confusion it might cause at the other end, I decided in absolute honesty: 'I don't even know this person'.

Finally my faith in common sense was restored, when FaceBook retorted: 'Then why are you friends with them?'

Anonymous said...

>> Little Black Sambo said "Is there a special handshake"

Well since most people who use facebook are sad males - the handshake is a unique one. They shake a part of their atonomy.

Mog said...

Iain .. that is very ... gay

Anonymous said...

Iain, stop it - you are beginning to look very 'needy' indeedy...

If you want some willy-waving 'I've got more friends than you' or a 'Fast Show' "I am considerably more successful than yeeeoooouuuuu" then please leave us out of it.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Anonymous said

"Iain Dale = Desperate for new friends

This strikes me as remarkably immature for a professional man in his 40s".

bit judgmental isn't it?

raincoaster said...

Aren't blogs supposed to be opinionated? And their comment sections no less so.

If you think that was out of line, by all means steer clear of Facebook. Those people's memories of cruel school behaviour are much fresher than yours.

raincoaster said...

Interesting piece highlighted on BoingBoing today about how American social classes split along the Facebook/Myspace divide. I'd add that creative artists overwhelmingly use Myspace, so the split further reinforces the marginalization of the creative arts in society.

"Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace," which posits that well-to-do, stable American teens with "good prospects" end up on Facebook, while poor, queer, marginal and non-white teens end up on MySpace (even in the military, grunts are on MySpace and officers are on Facebook -- guess which one the military banned!)

Given that there's significantly less social mobility in the UK (see recent reports) I'd be interested to know if the same digital divide exists.