Social Question

Facade's avatar

What would be the point of having a profile on a social networking site if you are not going to participate in the basic functions of that site?

Asked by Facade (22902points) June 11th, 2010

Example: You post pictures regularly, update your status every once in a while, but you do not allow comments. Commenting on your wall, photos, etc. is blocked off to everyone, but you still post.

Why would someone do this?
I can’t figure it out.

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15 Answers

MissA's avatar

Perhaps a private person who wants to comment but, not necessarily get too chummy.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’m not on a site like that, but I wonder if there are some people what have more access and some people that have less access to the same account.

MissA's avatar

@YARNLADY That seems reasonable. I’ve never used a social networking site, but the whole notion is interesting.

casheroo's avatar

I don’t know..some people on my friends list on like that and I know it’s not just me that sees it that way. I think it’s weird. I don’t know what sort of comments they’re afraid to get…

ipso's avatar

Most people “turn off” functions that they simply do not understand or do not want to be forced to understand. My grandmother turns over and switches off her wireless mouse every time she’s done using her computer.

roundsquare's avatar

Maybe you don’t want to feel compelled to respond to comments.

Maybe you don’t trust everyone to post nice comments.

Maybe your friends will post comments you don’t want your mom to see.

Maybe you think people usually post stupid comments and want to avoid the annoyance.

LuckyGuy's avatar

You described me. I blocked comments because there are some private things I don’t want the whole world to know and there are a few friends who feel compelled to say something about it.
For example – a fake example – My wife just had surgery to have a breast removed. She is still sensitive about the subject and would rather people not know about it for now. A half a dozen friends would fell compelled to say something about the surgery and her recovery. Some even commenting on how real the prosthetic looks.
You can’t trust some people to understand your need for privacy.

Divalicious's avatar

I’m like @worriedguy . I have my friends in lists or groups, and my coworkers don’t have full access to everything on my social site. We’ve all heard stories about people losing their jobs over postings and about potential employers searching profiles. Restricting some parts makes perfect sense to me.

It could be that since the last privacy change, they inadvertently clicked the wrong choice. You could send them a message and ask.

john65pennington's avatar

Some people believe it is better to give than to receive. maybe this person is hiding something.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I also don’t want the world to know my house is empty when I am on vacation. I had one nincompoop friend ask me on my wall where I was going and how long I was going to be away. No common sense.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I stay away from social sites so I don’t have to make such decisions.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Seen on your wall: “I hope your hemorrhoids are all better.”

downtide's avatar

Well. I am on Facebook ONLY to get updates from one particular local group I belong to. Facebook is how they announce meetings and stuff. I don’t use any of facebook’s other features because I utterly hate it, but I can’t quit unless this group changes to a different method of communication.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’ve known more than one person like that who was playing around with a lot of different women so he’d comment but didn’t allow incoming comments just in case someone posted something sensitive others would see. I trust my own friends with what they say but that doesn’t mean I want co workers or family sharing in the same threads so I keep separate accts. Maybe your person in question has a mix of people on their site and isn’t comfortable with them together.

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