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Re: Webplatform Facebook Group

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:11:10 -0400
Message-ID: <5532AC4E.1050803@w3.org>
To: abhimanyu0003 <abhimanyu@japanaddicts.org>, Ann-Katrin Travelling <aktravelling@hotmail.com>
CC: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>, Russell     <sgtpooki@gmail.com>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Hi, Abhimanyu, all–

I'm also going to be gone next week, so forgive my silence for a bit.

I think it's unrealistic to simply set up a Facebook page and expect 
activity on it. We've had several people sign up, but there's been no 
direction on when or why to use that Facebook group vs this mailing 
list, or any other forum.

Merely having a Facebook group isn't magic; it has to be part of a 
strategy, and a concerted effort; this was a large part of my original 
reservations about the idea.

So, generally, what do we want to do on the Facebook group, on G+, on 
Twitter, or on any social media? Concretely, let's focus on Facebook on 
this thread, for now.

Abhimanyu made a suggestion on the FB page the we start WebSundays: 
"Next Sunday: 19th April. Let's make it count. Earmark what pages you'll 
be working on and set an hour or more aside for just WebPlatform and 
nothing else".

This is a good idea, and it's concrete. I think it should be spread more 
widely, not just on FB; maybe a blog post and tweet as well (and 
certainly this list!), maybe with a bit more advance notice (I'm 
personally busy the next 2 Sundays).

We can play it by ear, but let's keep our expectations realistic and 
come up with a loose gameplan.

BTW, in addition to having the conversation split, as PhistucK warns, 
it's more effort to help drive conversations and community; Abhimanyu 
has stepped up to help guide the Facebook group, but it will probably 
take more than one person. Any volunteers?


On 4/18/15 7:19 AM, abhimanyu0003 wrote:
> Okay so we now have a Facebook group (if we want, we can gave a G+
> community later). First, we need to make this one active. But I see no
> headways. Ofc, it'll take time, but come on, let's show some initiative,
> everybody :D
> We just have to get it started and once it picks up, I'll start
> publicising it. Let's get some good discussions and technical questions
> in there.
> Here's the link, if someone needs it right now:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/webplatform.org/
> There's nothing else happening in the mailing list, otherwise we could
> port the discussion to the group. But let's not get disappointed and
> start fresh discussions. Everything starts small and we don't need
> top-notch discussions or serious matters right now. Just easygoing stuff
> posted once a while and people commenting/liking it. That's all I need.
> Btw, I'll be offline for a few days. I'll be back by Thursday I think,
> and I expect good activity by then, so that I can begin publicising.
> Good luck everyone!
> ---
> </Abhimanyu>
> ---- On Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:37:22 +0530 *Ann-Katrin Travelling
> <aktravelling@hotmail.com>* wrote ----
>     I tend to disagree. In my circles it tends to be the other way
>     around, actually, Facebook is dying down more and more, and mainly
>     consists of people posting links and cute baby pictures, while the
>     forums I am part of on Google Plus are quite active.
>     My personal experience, based on my interests, and my circles is
>     that food and healthy living discussions are very animated on Facebook
>     Technical discussions and photo discussions, especially around
>     techniques etc are very active on G+.
>     I agree with the suggestion to have both;
>     Some users prefer Facebook, and refuse Google+
>     Other users prefer Google+ and refuse Facebook.
>     Other users distinguish between what they do on different social
>     networks, and use FB for private matters and discussions and Google+
>     for public or professional.
>     We need to offer the alternatives. But yes, there will also be some
>     discussions that are on one rather than the other platform, I
>     personally think that is OK.
>     Ann-Katrin
>      > Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:48:11 +0200
>      > From: jirka@kosek.cz <mailto:jirka@kosek.cz>
>      > To: schepers@w3.org <mailto:schepers@w3.org>; sgtpooki@gmail.com
>     <mailto:sgtpooki@gmail.com>; abhimanyu@japanaddicts.org
>     <mailto:abhimanyu@japanaddicts.org>; public-webplatform@w3.org
>     <mailto:public-webplatform@w3.org>
>      > Subject: Re: Webplatform Facebook Group
>      >
>      > On 17.4.2015 5:24, Doug Schepers wrote:
>      > > I tend agree with you that G+ might be a better place to get
>      > > high-quality contributions,
>      >
>      > G+? G+ is dead place. If you want get some traction Facebook is
>     way to
>      > go (not that I like it, but this is fact).
>      >
>      > Jirka
>      >
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