I'm with the "Facebook is what you make of it" crowd. It's aim is social networking, not photography, so with that in mind here's some simple tips for people who are worried about joining...
1. You are actually not obligated to have 1000 "friends" and dribble endless crap to each other like the kids do. Just have the people you actually know and would relate to in the real world as your contacts. I find it's a great way of keeping in touch with friends who have moved town and reconnecting with old friends who I had lost contact with.
2. You are not actually obligated to post photos that you think may be stolen by newspapers (or used inappropriately in any other way). As I said, Facebook isn't a photography site. If you're worried about public access to your photos there then don't post them. If you do post them you can set the privacy levels so that only your Facebook friends can see them rather than full public access. If you're scared of posting photos to a public Rollei club on Facebook then there is nothing stopping you from keeping your photos to yourself and just participating in the discussions instead.
3. It's not a dedicated photography site, however due to its social-networking basis it's a good platform for fans of anything (eg. the Rollei "club" that started this thread) to join together and interract. No harm done.
So everything is your choice. It's your choice whether to join FB or not and its your choice what you do with it when you're there. So I think the people who are actually complaining about others creating and enjoying a FB Rollei group simply because the complainers feel they're excuded due to choosing not to join FB are a bit out of line.
My own personal view on the photography site vs Facebook issue is that sites like APUG and PhotoNet will always be the best resourse for research and discussion; Flickr will always be the best resource for displaying your work; and Facebook is another animal entirely that is all about social networking which in part can involve photography related discussion and photo sharing.
Last edited by fenderslash; 12-12-2011 at 04:35 PM. Click to view previous post history.