Mr Hammerer’s thread brought up an interesting suggestion: should New Babbage have a Facebook page? A few arguments I’d open with:
- We need more inworld interaction, not less. Yet *another* place to convene outside SL would be a huge distraction.
- … on the other hand, the City needs to attract more visitors who may become residents, and expand our reach outside SL. We also need to find easier ways to stay in touch with current residents and keep them coming back. Facebook is intrinsic to many of our lives at this point, and would let us keep up with each other pretty effortlessly.
- We already have a reasonably successful community on the Reader – another platform would be duplicative
- … on the other hand, the Reader doesn’t do a lot of things Facebook does (like push messages to us/put them on our Walls), and doesn’t do certain things very well at all (like Friending, or private messages).
Also – I engage with New Babbage as my avatar (not my typist), and prefer to keep the two separate. I suppose we could all create Facebook profiles for our avatars and engage that way, but that sort of defeats the purpose.
(Just to reserve our place, I created a page anyway: http://www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-New-Babbage/191257060920977 We can shut it down at any point, of course, or use it just to point people back to the Reader.)