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Facebook Groups – A better guild forum?

When joining any non super casual guild, one of the compulsory things was the requirement to sign up to the guild forums. Most application processes required you do it through their forums, and to do that you had to create an account anyway.

The Guild forums were supposed to be a place where you could talk Strat’s, discuss guild business, get to know your guildies a little better,  post boss kill screen shots, send guildies personal messages,  post availabilities,  keep track of DKP and ask for technical advice,  or write long or short resignation letters. ( yes done that).

Some guilds had strict instructions to check it regularly for announcements, or just to make sure you stayed on top of what was going on   –  eg what strat videos you were required to watch.

But over the years,  at least for me,  the excitement of guild forums waned. Discussions were between only a few people, or it was only checked to see new applications, or post when I wasn’t going to be available. There was limited engagement between the guild on forums.

On our forums I’ve been in my current guild since January and I’ve made 2 posts and spent 1 hour 8 min in total logged into the guild website ( and most of that was likely idle )

But now we have a Facebook Group.

Thanks to one guildie who seemed to have everyone on their Facebook friends list anyway, everyone was added to a closed group on Facebook. ( non public)

We have already have Boss kill shots from our progression, old screen shots with the guild, shared pictures of new Keyboard, and Mouse pics  a share your UI post – and there have been speed test shots for those who have the NBN  ( alas for those like I who aren’t even on a roll out map yet )

I can set alerts for if I want to be notified if there is a new post.  I can check it via mobile or PC easily,  don’t need a separate log in, it’s not blocked by work filters for gaming related stuff and we seem to have more engagement with each other in the group so far then I’ve seen in the forums.

Generally,  I find it to be a  more convenient way for me at least to be connected to the guild.  I don’t need to have everyone on my flist, and I get a better idea of people’s names.   ( because some of them have known each other for a while,  they get referred to by their real names rather than toon name,  and it confuses/ confused me.

However

People want different things out of social media, set their own boundaries,  you really aren’t going to interact with each of your 500  different friends.  Do you need every man and his cat ( yes I know two friends who gave their cats Facebook pages)  that you have ever spoken to on your flist?.  I have my own boundaries. No work people, and limited family. It might be silly to try to keep parts of my life separated now, but I don’t think my mother needs to supervise what I do with my friends anymore, but they are my choices,

Also  Facebook is getting annoying, suggested pages/ads/ their viewing algorithms  – some people have already gotten over social media, and  not everyone has a Facebook,  or some people are using it less. Not everyone wants to be connected in that way.

One of the issues I have, is that we weren’t asked did we want to join a group, and this more a problem with how Facebook handles groups.   Facebook only allows your friends to add you to a group,  but it’s an opt out feature   you have to leave the group. You do not have control over who adds you to a group, nor have to click accept to be added.

From an engagement point though,  I think it’s a success. Most people in guild do have a Facebook.  We aren’t all each others friends, but there is communication, there are people reading it.  ( Facebook tells you how many people from the group see it )

Facebook may not offer the same functionality for say something like tracking DKP  – It doesn’t have a forum thread ability,  nor really a wiki place where people could post links to  sites like strats, The event function is pretty useless because of the in-game Calendar.  It does less than a guild site, yet the convenience factor means more people seem engaged with it.

However,  finally,  how important is the information shared in the Facebook group, or is it just another social media connection for the sake of being social,  rather than actively providing a real service/function to the guild, and I am leaning to it really being more of a social function then a practical purpose.

We have a few people in guild that use Wow Armory App, and log in remotely to provide updates as to their whereabouts  me <— ‘Running late after singing practice’ will be there soon, change their calender acceptance to raid ,or just to stay connected when they are away for long periods.  No one has logged into Facebook yet, and posted in guild group. ‘ Can’t make it to nite’

So what function does it serve?  In conclusion,  just a place to connect our real selves with each other, and maybe this is why it seems to be working in its current capacity. A guild forum,  isn’t necessarily a place to play.  It’s structured, every thread, and section has it’s purpose, a Facebook group is unstructured  – connect rather than inform.

 

 

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How Networked do you want me to be?

I have twitter – but it’s mainly used for listening to other people tweet, I might make an inane comment every now  and then, but people filling up an entire page with crap sorta turned me off using it more than I already do.

With Battlenet moving to facebook connect-ability – it seems to have encouraged a few people to  head that direction with the blogging community.  I claimed  a Pugnacious Priest ‘ fan’ page a while ago, but never published it,   (One of the keeping your internets secure principles I’ve read – and think make sence, is owning,  or claiming your online identity – and it was a just in case the community moved onto Facebook)

I hestitate in activating it,  because  it will be something else I need to maintain, and I don’t think I am ‘like’ /’fan’ worthy

You read me.   /cheer   I like that you read me – do you really want the Pugnacious Priest on your facebook too?

Should there be a poll?

I honestly would rather google take over the internets.  Not facebook.

( RSS rocks!  If you read me and like me  and don’t have RSS  use RSS!  Google reader <3)

Does the page become  the ‘me’ the blogger/avatar or me me.

Do I want to be anything other than me me  on facebook.

Is there anything having a Facebook ‘Like’ page  will add to the quality of my blog  / sence of community / feedback / audience

What happens if no one likes me!

Is it being egotistical to have a fan page – when I am not even a d grade celebrity.

I was hoping it would be less necessary to ‘function’  / socialise with friends  – not seek to connect every part of my existence.

Must get rid of emo photos.

Now in case your interested I am cooking Beef Stroganoff for dinner tonight,  and my cat slept on my head last night,  and I was yawning all day today.  I can’t find my matching bed socks, so one is bright pink, and the other one is black and white checked.  I am currently reading Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison, and am listening to Mumford & Sons on my Iphone

or would you rather

I cooked a stack of Fish Feasts for raid,  my Shadow Fiend  slept on my head last night,    I couldn’t stop bouncing all day, and my Gear is not colour color coordinated so I had to get a tabard to match,  I am currently reading   “A Steam romance Novel” and Listening to I am Murloc playing Live in the  Tavern.

Facebook Blogging Network…

So Facebook now has a blogging network application.

I’ve added the application.. and added some familar names from blogs..  and some not so familar names – so those ones are  now in my Rss reader.

Not sure as to the long livity to this particular feature of Facebook on my FB, but I like trying new things, and I figure if people who were my bestfriend in Year 3 or have not spoken or seen in over 10 years can be my ‘friends’ then why not add an application that actually  has some current  interest to me.

My FB profile is rather bare.  I like it like that…  I deleted alot of applications, I got tired of the sheep and beer and the ninja’s, and the what sort of cakes are you…  and all sorts of weird things, which maybe fun to do once but whats the point of seeing if Bob is a chocolate cake with sprinkles while  Mary is a Strawberry tart. 

 Hey – Someone do a “What star trek Captain” you are one.. and maybe I’ll do that one..  

As a networking and connecting tool I think its great, It has a funny cross over of my circles,  from Work, to highschool friends, Uni friends, Social friends, family,  writing , ect ect ..  Its conveniant in that most people who matter to me have signed up for that site,   whereas before they were all over the place..   Had to have myspace and LJ just to keep track of them….. 

but my Warcraft blogging is completely seperate to all of them again.

I like RSS because it allows the flexibility of my interests, I like Facebooks ability for the flexibility of my contacts.  BUT…    some things or people never should meet.. makes for interesting partys 🙂


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