Just in case anyone thinks I'm posting fanboy or paid nonsense...I dislike the laptop generally. The Windows drivers are awful. SP3 on Windows doesn't work - the wifi won't come up resuming from standby, so I am stuck on SP2. The wifi in general on Windows is terrible.
I run ubuntu on it now and have windows virtualized on it. But with the 4200 rpm hard drive it has moments of extreme slowness. Usually it is quite tolerable though. And it's much more stable overall then running windows directly on it.
This is a company laptop or I wouldn't put up with it.
So you like the feel of a semi-private community where you can easily interact with friends, colleagues, or people with shared interests without being bothered by spam and outsiders. But you detest Facebook, which is exactly that. That's what I am reading from this.
I dislike Facebook messages too because of the extra time they take to read and send compared to regular email, but isn't the idea of a BBS essentially what Facebook is?
Whoever dies with the most toys wins.