• I am going to give groups way closer look! If you’ve got any groups with ongoing conversation about social media, be sure to invite me :-)

    Best regards Bojan

  • I have enjoyed the conversations on DC Tech too. It’s funny, I sent a note to Justin Thorpe just yesterday thanking him for moderating the group. I would really enjoy being part of a local social media group too; please invite me :)

  • Geoff,

    I think part of the success of your group though is…

    1. Topic
    2. People Selected (originally)
    3. Humor
    4. Fun
    5. Snark

    There have been about 10 groups I have been made a member of without my permission that I have opted out of immediately because it was obvious they served the purpose of the organizer, not the members. Or, the topic just didn’t interest me.

    I do feel however that Facebook Groups have the ability to go down hill fast if they aren’t managed properly. I s’pose the question there is who determines how they are best managed… The admins or the members.

    Just like anything social, these things ebb and flow.

  • Deanna–Search FB for DC Social Media. It looks like Shonali Burke, Lisa Byrne and others take turns approving people to join.

    Thanks for this post. I did not like Groups at all, yet my mind is starting to change based on the DC Social Media group.


    • Anyone who is already a member can add any f their friends to a group. As creator of the group if someone requests to join then I approve it. I don’t see a way in new groups to add other “admins” to a group so it’s just the creator for now.

  • The groups are simply punk! Love it!

  • Geoff,

    Like you, I had been largely ignoring FB groups and sighing every time someone included me. Until my experience with PVSM. You’re right – the conversation has been addictive, but as Beth points out, it’s largely because of the group itself. I now compare all other groups to my experience with PVSM and find them sorely lacking. And now I’m starting to think about how I can help my clients form other groups, around particular areas of interest, and see if we can generate the same kind of experience that we are having with PVSM.

    But bottom line, these groups are only as good – and as strong – as the community within them and its administration. If that factor gets away from folks, it can quickly become yet another place for big egos to post their crap. That would not be good.

    A great post and I’m sure it will inspire others to take a harder look at Facebook groups.

    Your friend in Punk,


  • Still not sold on groups. I agree with Beth and Shelly. I find very little value in most of the groups that I’m in though I do like our PVSM and it’s led to a cool idea. I find the threading funky and not very user-friendly. It’s time consuming to weed through the threads though I appreciate the embedding issue. Also, why is Facebooks group better then listservs? What about the ownership issues? Who owns the content shared in these groups? Us or FB?

    • Listservs are hard to read. For example, I find the Facebook format superior to the Progressive Exchange you and I are both on…

  • I think what makes you love your facebook group is a “curated” stream (as much as I loathe that term being used that way!) You basically hand-select the people you want to participate, and, even if there happens to be disagreement or dissenting opinion, you get it from people you likely respect more than not.

    Twitter is wide open, and unless you make your stream private or block specific individuals, you don’t control who responds or reacts to you. And if you’re of the mind to follow back everyone who follows you, you end up with a busy stream that might not appeal to you as often as if you were exceptionally picky about who you added to it. And fair enough — that’s open and community-minded and all that jazz, but it means that you eventually end up retreating a bit from it, because it doesn’t engage you the same way.

    This group is people you want and the people they want, sharing ideas that you have specific interest in. It’s a club / backchannel / select forum / focused discussion that can’t help but appeal to you, because no one’s there to dilute it (a couple hundred people on related topics likely ends up being a little more engaging than 1000 random people saying whatever.)

    I’ve noticed that more and more people are becoming more and more obvious about creating backchannels and specific following lists and private Twitter following accounts for themselves because they’ve allowed their public Twitter streams and Facebook feeds to become fiercely busy. It’s an interesting evolution, and one I predicted ages ago, before all the unfriending jazz became a popular reaction.

    I haven’t felt the need to retreat to a smaller conversation space, however, because I kept my “following” and “friending” pretty tight from the beginning. Yep, I get bashed for the awkward ratio on my Twitter account, but I don’t regret it.

    • Meg: I find your remarks to be off for the second time this week. I’ve been corrected several times in just a week within the Punk Views group. And have been chastised in the DC Tech group twice. Both of these groups hold some of the most contentious brilliant conversations. Best wishes.

  • I think there is a valid criticism here.

    I tend to think of “Facebook Groups” as the architecture.

    The architecture is quite open and accessible, and can facilitate some great conversations.

    But to say “Facebook Groups are teh AWESUMS!” based on a couple of good examples would be equivalent to raving about the Holiday Inn private banquet room where you attended the bachelor party.

    In the end, it’s not about the room… it’s all about the quality of the boobs in the room.

  • Yes, it is really wrong and as soon as I stop laughing, we can get back to calling Facebook Groups teh AWESUMS

  • I have been loving DC Tech but I wonder how to apply it to my own non-profit. I have several thousand likes and a similar group like discussion. I wonder what is the point of a group for me?

    Is it just for regional groups?

  • I’m a big fan of the new Facebook groups too! In the past, websites like Facebook and LinkedIn have made groups available to us but it was always an interaction similar to the old discussion boards approach. Naturally they didn’t work well — until now.

    P.S. There’s no “e” on the end of “Thorp”

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