Day 5. Facebook groups. Social Media for birders
Facebook groups. Everyone use them, but few people engage.
Sorry for the delay in this post….I have enjoyed family holiday in Colombia…and while most of this text was ready for quite some time, I only found time to post it today. You shall receive much more frequent posts in the series the coming days. In the last installment we talked about sharing on Facebook and prior to that about Facebook Pages. Check out these posts, where the comment section is still open for you to take part in the discussion.
Today, we shall look at Facebook groups. Are they useful?
Do you recognize this?
Take control of your favorite Facebook groups.
- Ignore most group requests you get. In fact I just ignored 147 group invitations.
- Limit to 20 groups maximum at one time. That way when you open the Facebook Groups link you can see all the updates that have occurred in groups at the same time.
- If you admin a group, be merciless I deleting off topic and spam posts. Also take time to write the poster. Often the “offence” is not done on purpose, just that the offender may not be on top on good practices on Facebook or has not understood the purpose of the group. For example if someone posts a Heron on a Shorebird group, group owner would naturally erase it, but the poster may be a newbie on birding, and not yet grasped that with the term “shorebird” we only include Stints, Plovers and Sandpipers, etc and that Heron in spite being found at the water edge in shallow water do not count as Shorebirds. Not sending a note explaining this, would be quite arrogant and scare off a novice birder.
- Complain on the group wall or directly to the owner of the group when you see irrelevant stuff.
- Post regularly on each group you belong to. If there is no activity it is partly your fault.
Start a group.
Birders Facebook groups Top 20.
- Delete groups that are inactive or excessively spammy
- Write the admin and complain about spammy content
- Don’t forget. Let me know in the comments below which are your 10 favorite groups about birding on Facebook. Results shall be posted here.
- Nurish the groups you like. I am sure you have some photo or link you can share.
- Last post’s survey was not working. I have changed to a doodle survey. It is full of google ads (not mine of course, but which finance the free service from Doodle), but it is free. Is birding your job or your business?
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