Post by aclockworkireland on Oct 4, 2013 14:24:55 GMT -8
Personally I think forget facebook get a google+ account and use the groups there. The hummingbird algorythm looks for G+ accounts when its creating ranking for sites and youll get more traffic to the blog and forum. If the G+ account and group shares your domain name.
Youve to balance out the costs, a forum here and a discussion group on FB would mean youre halving the activity by spreading it across two platforms where now its only on one. If its costing you in activity there should be some gain.
Post by Heliocoptero on Oct 5, 2013 6:21:48 GMT -8
In all honesty, I get the feeling that a Facebook or Google+ group, when we already have a forum and webpage, will risk dispersing our efforts and contributions. Having said that, however, it is a good thing to have a presence in one of the largest social networks, so I reckon an open Facebook page might add to our visibility and help bring in more people.
Note that the original Facebook page has been fixed and I'll put the link back on the blog.
I think it's up to the community how many venues for information and connection there are. I'm happy to help connect this forum and blog to those efforts in whatever way makes sense (as long as they are focused on the same primary audience and not hotbeds of drama).
My issue with a facebook page is that I'm not "out." I don't have a carefully curated friendslist. Facebook is pretty atrocious about spreading everything you do all over your friends' newsfeeds, so I would have privacy concerns. With a group, you have more control.
It's worth thinking about that maybe the facebook group would attract different people from the forum, and vice-versa-- though I definitely see the point that our efforts may be spread too thin. Either way, the fb group is there and I won't be offended if it doesn't get use
Post by basicmanfitz on Oct 7, 2013 10:09:19 GMT -8
After thinking about it some more, I'm beginning to think that it would duplicate existing function, and problematic for those who are not "out" or don't want to give out their public FB profile. So now I'm leaning away from the idea myself.
Post by aclockworkireland on Oct 8, 2013 4:37:15 GMT -8
How about a tumblr? Its a different format so it wont split activity and itll give you a good return for the time you invest in it.
Growth is solid on tumblogs because its the new thing in social media. Loads of multinationals have jumped on board in the last few months. Its membership is mainly niche groups so polytheism fits right in. Take my microblog on pagan/irish folklore. Its new and it has attracted more than 260 people in the last month. Its growing steadily rather than in jumps so since tumblr membership is increasing theres no reason to think thatll stop. Pop in a few links to the forum to drive traffic here.
The potential use for a tumblr could be for the sharing of pictures/images we find that remind us of the Gods.
While I use facebook groups for certain things, I don't think it would be necessary for this group. If we wanted to say, see if people in a local region wanted to do a meet up or something, we could always make an event thread. Forums generally get rid of the need for facebook, and it's better to keep everything as centralized as possible, or else you'll have people posting and asking things on there that would be better left for here.