How many of you run FB Groups?

Do you have an FB Group?

  • Yes (connected to a forum)

    Votes: 41 24.8%
  • Yes (not connected to a forum)

    Votes: 40 24.2%
  • No

    Votes: 72 43.6%
  • Other (FB Page, MeWe group/Page, etc) - share details in the replies.

    Votes: 28 17.0%

  • Total voters
    165
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Lisa

Chaotically Proportional
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Jan 6, 2004
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90% of the members here are going to be on TAZ because they own/admin a forum, but how many of you run FB groups.

Let's do a poll (because I'm nosy) and find out.
 

Bluefish

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Jul 7, 2019
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I don't use Facebook so no FB group and i won't be creating one.
I would love to be able to say this, but I run websites and design them, and some of them have forums. More and more my clients want me to be their expert on Social Media, particularly Facebook. As a matter of preservation, it's not a choice for me.
 

Mattit

Neophyte
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Jul 26, 2019
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I run several groups, as well as a handful of pages. People keep giving me more groups to run (whether they ask me or not), so I must be good at doing something. My largest group is getting close to the 15K mark. The smallest is just a couple hundred. My largest page (which my other Admin has been the primary for, for about 5 years now) is 25K followers, I think.

After your (Lisa ) post about the upcoming changes at FB, I'm kicking one website project into a higher priority in hopes of moving some of the people to it and away from FB. I'm also sharing the news with several other group Admins to have a large discussion on the matter.
 

doubt

Tazmanian
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Feb 25, 2013
Messages
4,859
FB is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I've no doubt about it.
Because of that when I get my first bread slicer the second thing to have will be an FB Group.
 

Bluefish

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Here's my example... I have a Classifieds board on my forum and a Classifieds group on Facebook. About 15 people participate on the forum and over 1500 participate on the Facebook group. The 15 that participate on the forum do not participate in the group on Facebook and the 1500 in the Facebook group do not participate on the forum. I have never had any success pulling Facebook users to the forum. It's like asking someone who drinks rum to have a scotch instead. People use what they like. What Zuckerberg was successful in doing is providing what people like and then giving them more of it. Traditional forums require conformity and organization. The masses used forums when that was what was available. I would suggest the forum lovers among us and those that participate in our forums are special and in the minority. We don't conform to the whims of the masses. It's a struggle, albeit a worth one. (Just my observation)
 

DaveL

Habitué
Joined
Feb 4, 2007
Messages
1,326
Connected in what fashion?
Have a sign up button on my facebook page, which takes you straight to my registration page. From there you can sign in with facebook. Seems very very popular.
 

Jason5

Adherent
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Jun 18, 2013
Messages
275
So how many members from FB joined your forum DaveL ? Does it still give you good result?
 

overcast

Adherent
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Mar 17, 2019
Messages
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Does a store count? I have one store where I flip some of my items and there are buyers within that group.
 

Paul M

Limeade Addict
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Jun 26, 2006
Messages
3,876
Groups ? Never, they are just awful.

Technically we have a page for our forum - dont use it for anything though.
 

zappaDPJ

Administrator
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Aug 26, 2010
Messages
7,045
I inherited a number of groups whose members were all originally members of forums I owned. I've since divorced myself from everything Facebook related because I really don't what anything to do with it.
 

Defiant America

Neophyte
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Aug 3, 2019
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I H8 Facebook, but I have a couple of pages and a few groups. I am working on getting away from them.
 

2dub

Adherent
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Mar 10, 2010
Messages
370
I have never had any success pulling Facebook users to the forum.
This is the big problem. I have some members which follow the FB group, and visa-versa, but I am not being successful in getting the FB users to join at the forum and engage there.

IMO as biased as it may be, forums are much better. You can have multiple conversations going at once, it's easier to search and more, but I just cant get people to make the leap
 

Defiant America

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Messages
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This is the big problem. I have some members which follow the FB group, and visa-versa, but I am not being successful in getting the FB users to join at the forum and engage there.

IMO as biased as it may be, forums are much better. You can have multiple conversations going at once, it's easier to search and more, but I just cant get people to make the leap
Yeah forums are so much better. Facebook is making people retarded and accepting their crap groups as the way it ought to be and they have no clue how nice forums are. Most people who comment on anything on Facebook are probably not even being seen for the most part. It would be interesting to know how many people who post comment on posts and pages on Facebook are just talking to themselves.
 

VoXX

Participant
Joined
Dec 31, 2005
Messages
61
No group but I did setup a page and only post to it to point back to the forum content. I do nothing else on the page.
 

Natasha

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Aug 6, 2019
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There are many things groups do on Facebook that could be done nowhere else, and it isn't all for fun and entertainment. The groups which are getting screwed right now are animal groups. While the idea of cracking down on backyard breeders is a good one, banning all rehoming and good breeding is really a problem.

I run a 60,000 member rat and mouse care group. Before Facebook, 1. Only pet stores sold rats and mice, which means only abusive situations as they come from mills. 2. Rats and mice were not rehomed, they were killed or set loose to die, as official shelters don't generally take them. and 3. People treated their pets horribly because they listened to pet store workers. Rats lived universally in small tanks choking on their fumes and having their livers deteriorated by cedar chips, eating birdseed. Facebook groups changed that.

Add facebook and you have very good breeders, who know their genetics and have excellent husbandry, but operate out of their homes; excellent home-based rescues; and amazing networks where you can be anywhere in the world and post your rat needs a home, and more than likely we will figure it out. We personally vet breeders with three interviews before they can post.

I would have left Facebook years ago were it not for, now, 60,000 people with probably 300,000 pet rats and mice, who count on me. I have a library of information as well as vets on call. We can deal with pretty much every pet issue in real time. We have vastly improved the lives of up to 300,000 pocket pets.

And hundreds of other animal groups are the same.

So when I see people dissing Facebook and saying people who use it are stupid or brain dead, or is is not necessary (not so much here) it upsets me. As of yesterday pet groups are being taken down by the thousands, The other large rat group, far older than mine, has been taken down for good. We are scrubbing our site of every word we can but the fact remains FB has now taken away from us the possibility of helping animals to be bred correctly and to find homes or rescues or shelters.

That's my two cents!
 
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