Note: Long babbling ahead, skip to end of message if bored/sane/etc. for something I actually wanted point out...
I've been addicted to social networking for a long time.
I do have facebook account, and I've chosen to associate myself with only certain people, which keeps it actually around as largely interesting for me as slashdot postings - but only for very limited time.
I practically never really "use" facebook, but sometimes I do go there for one of several reasons:
1) To post text, link or images (like when I came from Kraftwek gig at Flow Festival in Finland last month) to people, like my sister for example, usually to make something easily (for me and them) available to one or (most often) several friends at once.
2) To contact someone when the only way - literally or only way using internet - is via facebook. Or if the other way (such as email when you need to contact him/her right now and he/she doesn't know it).
3) Someone else contacts me via SMS or other way and asks to continue there because of one or another reason that makes it hard/impossible other way.
Having to go there for these last two annoys me to no end. It usually means that I'm loading the freaking script-asylum webpage which will slow my computer so much that though it doesn't use much of my 50Mbp/s line, it makes all other loading via browser (or in extreme cases, which means all cases on my slower systems) any downloads as it slows any and every program running - and for what? Text based chat which makes me wan't to whip up a greasemonkey script to disable the awful automatic smilie to image conversion.
I've tried to recommend adding my social netwok addiction to their addictions ;)
I can do anything I would want using it and use next to none of my machines capabilities. Talking, sharing links, videos, images, it all works - and it's way older than facebook.
It's called Internet Relay Chat, and is not accessed via web, that is by using www browser - though there have been web based frontends of IRC clients for longer than I've known IRC even... But for true social network addict this is nothing but a crux you could use on extreme emergency when no other option was available. Using a client of your liking to connect at least to one IRC network (for the most popular ones there are mirrors worldwide to provide faster and less laggy connection) and join at least one channel.
I'm currently on IRCNet, OFTC and Efnet networks - on what channels and using what nick(s), I won't tell.
Benefits: IRC client shows text - it can be scripted to choose links, launch them in one or another application, etc., but most clients show text only. And most support terminal/text-mode/cmd.exe type character based output.
While there are channels that have bots automatically saving logs and putting them on the channell webpage the common rule is that once you said something it's gone (not readable to those not on the channell at the time you wrote it), not stored forever like is the common rule with anything you write in web. It doesn't mean that someone can't/isn't currently saving log of the conversation - probably for personal use, but like anywhere (even offline/IRL) you can find later that your being quoted for something stupid. But that has been true before internet or BBS systems just as well.
Also wherever I am, if there is a simple SSH client, I can access not only my usual channels, not only my session but use my preferred client, loaded with scripts (read plugins/extensions for browser equivalent) to enhance the experience. Heck, and old VT100 terminal connected to *nix system with ssh client will do - in fact the experience was not far from that with my old 286 system connected via null-modem cable to my linux box and using OpenDOS and Commo for the connection and terminal emulation, except for the colors :) Also, like VT100 terminals, Commo didn't seem to support sending the letters Ã¥, Ã & Ã in any mode (ansi, vt100, etc.) understood/compatible with Linux/agetty/screen - I've never had this problem dialing to BBS's from DOS in the old days so I tried to find what to change/configure/etc. in Linux, but back then I was new to it and wasn't able to find a way.
Read this far?
Here's what I have remarked. Back in the late 90's, in my teenage/early adulthood I was mocked as geek/nerd for my computer hobby and as having no life for my habit of talking more with people online than IRL - but I had healthy social life In Real Life, it's just very easy to talk about more stuff with more people on IRC because one channel usually has at least dozen, often several, people. Also I find it much more social what happens in IRC networks than facebook.
Nowdays I see young people, who don't understand computers, and even in a group I have seen such people all staring at their own phones, all using facebook (so maybe occasional twitter). And I was a nolifer!?
I have to wonder how much their data bill is in comparison to one from spending as much time on IRC would be? ;)