I've lit a lamp in many a storm...
I'm glad to know that there are other people out there who aren't won over by the idea of integrating social media into the OS, though I do understand that the standard build of any OS has to lean towards what the majority want.
I liked the point that Sharathpaps mentioned about social networking becoming inordinately important. I think this is true and I'm hoping that things will level out a bit and become less focused on social media as it is just one facet of what the internet has to offer.
To those who do use social media I say that you should enjoy yourselves.
To those who are fed up with social media I would like to propose that we break away from Ubuntu to form a new distro called IDon'tLikeYouBuntu. It's an ancient African saying that means 'I am what I am because of who we all are but I don't want to talk to you about it.'
(Just to clarify: The above statement was humour. If you found it funny then please 'Like' it on the nearest social media app you can find.)
I do use IM services, and tried the integration thing...
But decided I actually only like IM on my phone.
Perhaps when I graduate to Ubuntu Phone OS (on my desktop), I'll try it again. That is the future: Complete integration. Perhaps unfortunate, but true.
Now I don't understand why your so annoyed with this as OSX and even Ubuntu do or would make this clearly an option. I run OSX Mnt Lion with Messages turned on to my Facebook Page. Its convenient to get updates, but if someone like yourself doesn't like it. Its not a requirement and is turned off by default. But lots of software companies are doing this, even my Adobe Lightroom 4 has options built right in to upload to Facebook and other social media websites. Hey this is what the consumer base asked for. You will find it one windows as well if I am not mistaken these days.
But honestly OSX 10.8 is wonderful and you should really check it out. I am a old Gnome user at heart since 1998 and OSX is now what GNOME should have evolved into.
Dont get me wrong, you are sure to love Ubuntu and we are glad to have you here. Its the best Linux Desktop out period, hands down..
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I'm not much of a social network lover myself, i do use the Facebook, but don't need emails or desktop notifications of something new. So as long as i can turn off the desktop intregration in fine with the option.
I am a grumpy old man and just upgraded to a smartphone. The interface was very busy/sexy but virtually every colourful icon was just a bookmark to a web site. So I deleted them all and now have a very clean/boring (depending on your point of view) interface. I guess you can use the same approach to your Desktop/OS. I am not a fan of Apple so I don't know how much you can turn/switch things off - from what I understand Apple decide what you want to do on their products rather than you so maybe your better off with Linux.
Last edited by Quarkrad; January 18th, 2013 at 11:13 AM.