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    You've got to be joking, after those poor people got turned around at US Customs and sent back to UK for tweeting terrorist-like remarks! Surely some other social networks would be more appropriate for E-P, rather than farcebook or twitshop.

    Y'know, I watched an interview with Joan Collins a day back, she's looking towards a new series this year and she said she's going to shoot a pilot in March.
    My thought as she said it - "good job you're already in California, or they wouldn't let you into the US, either".

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    crabfoot, I share your personal dislike for FB, but if the majority of our members are in FB and if having an FB page would assist them in their participation here, I owe it to them to give it a shot.

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    Surely some other social networks would be more appropriate for E-P, rather than farcebook or twitshop.
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    I've been thinking about this and I am concerned that maintaining a FB page might require ridiculous amounts of work from the mods in order to keep it spam-free and fluff-free, unless the page is somehow restricted to members only.

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    my personal (probably skewed view ) on facebook et al is that some stuff out there is passive (you push out information), some interactive though of course all site owners like to claim they are interactive:

    Facebook - interactive
    Forums - interactive
    YouTube - passive
    Twitter - either, but can be used passively
    email newsletters - passive
    etc.

    so I think that you have to decide where you are going to put your efforts in being interactive - facebook could easily end up a duplication of the forums...

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    I don't think you need a facebook page for a forum. Facebook is usually good to create more interaction between customers, which defeats the purpose of a forum. But a twitter account could be useful, so we can quickly get the latest updates.

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    I'm a member of a forum which automatically tweets any new postings (except for those in private areas). I don't like the idea for several reasons (and don't visit that forum very often now). It's just more talking AT people, and self-promotion. Maybe I'm weird but I don't like the idea of everything I say being tweeted in that way. Yeah, I know that anything said on a public forum is in the public domain anyway, but what if I made a mistake or regretted what I'd said? The admins/mods can always remove things from a forum but if it's been tweeted around the globe then you've completely lost control of your forum content.
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    You could be selective about what is tweeted, ie use it to drive people to the forum, rather than tweet the same info - that avoids Kay's concerns and is very effective...
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    I know you can populate an FB Wall with an RSS feed - e.g. Ken's list as suggested earlier - but I don't know if you can do that and not allow input from viewers of the page. A feed to Twitter may be easier to set up, and responses spread usefully into tweetspace rather than cluttering up your property. I think DomainMagnate is on the right track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheodoreK View Post
    I've been thinking about this and I am concerned that maintaining a FB page might require ridiculous amounts of work from the mods in order to keep it spam-free and fluff-free
    Hmm, I hadn't considered this. Is it really so bad? Could I not put some fiverr type person on the job to control spam?

    I like this Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ViperChill (whoever is volunteering can check it out)

    Alasdair says that the FB page could end up becoming a duplicate of the forums. How can I avoid that and add more value to that FB page both for members and for the attracting of new members?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clinton View Post
    Could I not put some fiverr type person on the job to control spam?
    If the EP FB page has the same no-fluff rules as the forums I seriously doubt it but maybe I am biased due to my dislike towards FB.
    Regardless, I'm afraid that without proper modding an EP FB page will turn to a honeypot for elaborate link-droppers who think they "earned" the right to spam since they "liked" the EP page and you can't ban IPs over there

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