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Melony

Crazy Question

Would anyone want a Facebook page for Big Readers?
TheRejectAmidHair

If it attracts more people here, then it might be worth considering, but I am frankly struggling to think what we'd do with a second site when there aren't enough regular contributors on this one!
Melony

Well, that was my thought, as well, Himadri.  I thought also of who would have time to moderate it.  I can start one and we could see what kind of response we would get.  I think it holds great potential for attracting more people to Big Readers, especially if everyone would join it and attract their friends to it.  I don't know....I think there is possibility there.
iwishiwas

Personally I don't use Facebook, so I would not be interested, sorry!
chris-l

I haven't a clue about Facebook, I've never even looked at it! I'm really comfortable with this site and personally feel no need to look further. But then, I'm just an old fogie!
TheRejectAmidHair

Now, Im an old fogey too, but I am on Facebook mainly to demonstrate to my teenage daughter that I am still with it (although using the expression with it probably marks me out as an old fogey!)

When the British Horror Film Board was down lately, many of us got together on Facebook. It was quite good fun, but we didnt attract any new members, and once the board was back up again, we all stopped using Facebook. So I cant say Im too optimistic about using Facebook to attract new members, but if you feel up to it, Melony, do please go ahead & try! (At the very least, you or anyone else on this board - can make Facebook friends with me: Himadri Chatterjee is the name, in case youd forgotten!)
Thursday Next

Ah but which of the 7 Himadri Chatterjees are you? Wink

I'm not sure about facebook. On facebook I am myself, with my real name, pictures of me and my family etc whereas everywhere else online I am 'Thursday Next' and I'm just not sure about the idea of being traceable in real life from a message board if you see what I mean.
TheRejectAmidHair

Sure, being on Facebook with your own name doesn't obviously maintain anonimity.

The Himadri Chatterjee on Facebook is the picture of the bloke with the long hair & beard standing in front of a blue tiled wall.
Apple

I am on Facebook and and you set your security settings so certain people can see certain things for example people who I have listed as family see more than people who are meerly aquaintances, its very simple to do and highly affective, all you have to do is group your friends into separate lists and and then set the security settings for those lists.
Ann

I'm on Facebook but I find the bit about reading on it very poor. I couldn't fathom out how it worked and much prefer to come here. There is the rebel board for those who like to chat - though it seems to be not used very much nowadays. I don't mind joining a site if you want to start one, Melony, but I think I shall always prefer it here. This is where I know I can talk and read about books which is one of my favourite pastimes.  Very Happy
Chibiabos83

I can understand Thursday's feelings - here you can maintain anonymity, but on Facebook, even if it's as little as giving away your real name (this is before we get to family photos, contact details etc.), there is less of that. I feel quite well catered for already by this board for book discussion and the rebel board for other things. The RB's not the busiest place, but I still use it for discussing films and music and keeping tabs on who's died Smile I think we'd welcome a bit more activity over there - there must be a lot of lurkers who don't post regularly.
spidernick

iwishiwas wrote:
Personally I don't use Facebook, so I would not be interested, sorry!


Me neither - Facebook isn't my thing and don't even get me started on Twitter!
Apple

I really don't get the point of Twitter!! I had a look and what put me off was the fact total strangers could "follow" you I didn't delve too deeply and there are probably security procedures you can put in place but I wasn't too impressed to say at least - plus there are no games I'm a complete saddo who spends far too much time on the Farmville application on Facebook!! Very Happy
MikeAlx

You can block people from following you. Generally, if someone starts following you and you don't know them, they're probably a spammer, in which case they're likely to get blocked pretty soon anyway.

I must admit, I haven't found it terribly useful, though I can see the advantage if you're marketing something (or yourself) - it's a much better way of keeping people up-to-date than email newsletters, which tend to get ignored because there's so much spam nowadays.
Jen M

I'm with Thursday and Chib on this - I am on Facebook, but am very careful about what I do reveal about myself even amongst "friends" there. The relative anonyminity(sp?) here means we can be fairly free in what we say - I have occasionally been less than complimentary about members of my reading group, for example. I'm confident that I can trust the regulars here with my real name etc, but I couldn't say I'd be happy with all the various lurkers and occasional visitors knowing other stuff about me.

It is a pity that the Rebel Board doesn't get more visitors - I lurk there occasionally but it is so long since I've posted there I now feel almost embarrassed to do so.
Apple

I think I agree with Jen on this one - Evie and Himadri know my real name (only by email correspondence we have had off the board) but I also would be cautious and doubtful of revealing my identity to everyone who posts on here.
Evie

Yes, I am a facebooker too, and am not really bothered about anyone knowing my real name and identity, certainly not people here, but I have managed to keep my facebook circle relatively small, and like to be quite selective about who I befriend there - I doubt if we would attract hordes and hordes of people, let alone undesirables, and I know I can always ignore friendship requests, but I'm a bit ambivalent, at best, about joining a facebook group.  I still don't really like facebook itself very much, even though I do enjoy the contact I have with my friends there.

It might attract a few more people to this board, but it might also attract unwanted attention for individuals.

I only know your first name, Apple, so you are safe even from me!  But I know people can set privacy rules for most things on FB, I just don't find it a particularly secure place.
MikeAlx

Of course, I don't want anyone to find out I'm actually Batman.

Oops!!
Mikeharvey

I've had a Facebook page for sometime but don't use it much. I use it mainly for keeping in touch with ex-pupils. My Facebook photo album is a kind of visual autobiography with lots of pictures of me from childhood, through stage appearances, my late partner, pupils, relations, productions I've directed and all sorts of odds and ends. So if you're desperate to know what I look like............
Melony

last week when I was trying to reply to Himadri about facebook, a virus saying it was XP Internet Security 2010 seized my computer and prevented me from getting on the Internet.  The technician for my cable company told me to download Malwarebytes and run it.  The techs at my school district said that is also what they run on our computer network.  I downloaded it onto my flashdrive, brought it home and installed it and ran it on my computer and it worked beautifully.  You can get it from their website (malwarebytes.org, I think - it was a .org) or from filehippo.com.  FYI!!!!  In case anyone else gets in trouble!

Re the facebook - it would just be a way to reach more members, not to move the Big Readers page to it.
spidernick

Apple wrote:
Evie and Himadri know my real name.


Isn't Gwyneth Paltrow your mum?!!!
Apple

Spidernick Wrote:
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Isn't Gwyneth Paltrow your mum?!!!
Smile Very amusing!! wish I could say yes but as it is I am older than her !!

Evie Wrote:
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I only know your first name, Apple, so you are safe even from me!  But I know people can set privacy rules for most things on FB, I just don't find it a particularly secure place.
Which is entirely the point I am making, I wouldn't mind regulars on here who go back to the beeb board days knowing my real name but as Jen said the irregular posters and lurkers are another matter (no offence to irregular posters and lurkers of course) I think its a psychological thing people who you have kind of known for years by contributing to the board you kind of feel more comfortable with, but on a site like Facebook where despite the security measures you can feel quite vulnerable and at the end of the day you really don't know these people who post personally, having said that I have made some friends from the BR board and are in contact with them off the board.

I'm rambling now but I can see the pro's and cons of the idea, a big pro is if anything (god forbid) should happen ie major server crash or the like if there was a Facebook page or something simular it would be a place for everyone to to find out what was happening and to talk until the site was up and running again.
Melony

Came across an amusing Facebook page: English teachers put more thought into a novel than the actual author did...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eng...al-author-did/341605659643?v=wall
Melony

Ok, Paul Coehlo has a facebook with 780,000 friends....so does Savor by Thich Nhat Hahn...so does Rebecca Wells, and Charlaine Harris (several facebooks, actually, devoted to her) http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Charlaine-Harris/94839743760?ref=ts, John Grisham (sponsored by his book company, not him), etc., etc.  I'm sure you could find a fan page for any author you wanted.
Evie

I am a fan of Richard Ford, AS Byatt and Haruki Murakami on Facebook.  Not quite sure what being a fan achieves, though!  RF (or whoever updates the page) posts interviews and video clips occasionally, but not much sign of life on the others, and I always forget to go and see if fans are having interesting discussions about the books.  Most posts seem to be 'You're great Haruki!', etc.

There is no reason why anyone can't start a page for Big Readers (sorry, that doesn't sound like English, but it's 6.30am on a Saturday!) - I have the URL of the site listed on my profile, though that's hardly going to attract hordes of people, I know!

But I'm not unduly worried about the numbers on this site - I am sad that a number of much-loved posters no longer post, or post very rarely, but I like the way it potters along and there is a core of people who post regularly, which is fine with me.  When I see the horrors of some messageboards, I am glad ours is relatively quiet and civilised!  But I am still curious about the number of guests who are often lurking and don't post or make themselves known - but only because I am nosey!
TheRejectAmidHair

I agree - I too don't have a problem with a small core of regular posters, as we have now. However, the downside is that, given that we are small in numbers, our particular interests don't always intersect. In the old BBC Board, whatever area of literature you were interested in, there would usually be at least someone who shared that interest, and would respond. And that isn't always the case here.

I too wonder about the lurkers, and why they don't join in.
Melony

I agree about having someone to share one's interests - in fact I wondered why I never post to things like women's writers lists, even though I do read them.  I think it stems from lack of time to actually formulate a cogent response or say something meaningful. And then it's off to facebook!  There's only so much time for online living - one has to come back to the real world at some point, lol.
Apple

It is a shame! Quite a number of people who were well liked and whose posts were entertaining to read have now gone Sad
Green Jay

Yes, it does seem to have thinned out quite a bit. Pity.  Confused

Please join us, lurkers.
Melony

I think there are just too many other things people are doing. Or maybe they have found other groups that discuss their favorite genre(s) more? I don't know.  What about sending out a message to all the memebers' emails?
Apple

I don't think thats a good idea, sending a message to members that is as you don't the reasons why they are not posting any more.
Castorboy

I like to think the general reading habits of the public are similar to those on this board. Many people find out about books through reviews or recommendations from their friends or the media; but fewer people like to express a brief opinion in a public forum on what they have enjoyed about a book; and even fewer can analyse the structure, plot, characters or whatever in a book and take pleasure in that analysis (they are fortunate in the sense that firstly they have read, and hopefully enjoyed the book, and secondly enjoyed writing about it.) They can then experience a third pleasure: they post their detailed analysis on a web site for the many to share their individual enjoyment and satisfaction.

In the two years Ive been on the boards Im sure there has been a big jump in the number of outlets for readers to put their views on a book to the newspapers, web sites and the authors themselves. Even former MSN members have their own book blogs and probably do not have the time to post on Big Readers. Meanwhile I am content with the posts we get but hope new members will bring their opinions to the board.

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