I’ve just found out that a local games convention I quite enjoyed, which has been on hiatus for a while because it lost its venue, is having a one-day charity event. This is not mentioned anywhere on their web site, but only in a Facebook post, which a friend told me about.
I find myself surprisingly offended by this, and feel that if Facebook users are all they want, that’s what they can have.
We don’t have Facebook. (I admit to an “anymore”–it was fun while it lasted in the very late 00s)
I, too, become unreasonable when someone asks me if they can whatsapp me something. I tend to become incredibly boring trying to educate people about Cambridge Analytica.
My dad regularly complains about certain TV shows he watches allowing comments on facebook only. And this is from public broadcasters (analog BBC) who should know better than to hide in a walled garden.
I’m with you.
I don’t do any social social media besides forums (like here and BGG), so using platforms like Facebook or Twitter or whatever will completely miss me. I like email lists. If I’ve been to your convention, you have my info, so send me an email. If I don’t want your emails, I’ll unsubscribe. If you have an RSS feed, I might do that as well. These are reliable, proven technologies (and I’m still irked at Google for getting rid of Google Reader). Use them.
I’m with you as well. I do have Facebook but it’s for the marketplace and so that I can proactively find things when I’m looking for them, view specific links from friends, etc. I hate the thing.
The worst was when a good friend of mine came out via Facebook. It was about a year until I saw him again by which time “everyone knew.” He introduced this little dude as his boyfriend and I confused said dude with another friend’s little brother and thoroughly embarrassed myself.
They were gracious, it’s all sorted, but the root is the same universal facebook fallacy.
Yes, reaching your audience with as many channels as possible is marketing 101. But I’d bet the work is done by a volunteer, who may not know that, or they don’t have permission to change the website or post to Twitter. It’s also a pain to do all these things, so someone might reasonably concentrate their effort on where it reaches the most people. that might be facebook, it might not.
On the other hand, Roger did find out about it. So the getting the word out worked. I’m pretty sure Roger is old enough that he remembers these events being advertised on cork boards in shops and university common spaces. I wonder if he’d be as upset if he’d heard it about it from a friend in those days, instead of seeing a flyer?
Yes, I hate that everything is on Facebook. I’ve never had a Facebook account.
I particularly resent that events choose to have the variety of FB account where you have to log in to FB to see anything. At least in Ye Olden Days there were FB accounts where I could see “homepage” stuff saying the date, the time, the venue even if I couldn’t see the chat. Now everything is hidden from view.
I saw official stats a while back saying that slightly less than half the UK population are on Facebook. So I’m not exactly in some tiny minority.
During the pandemic lockdown one of the local community cafes was doing “click and collect” takeaway to try and keep in business. But they would only take payment through Facebook. Sorry, but that means I’m not using you.
I resent anything that requires me to make an account before I can see anything. At least show me something before I decide that giving you some details is something I want to do.
On Facebook in particular, if I knew a better way to engage with some online communities I’d do it and move off Facebook. It’s the only social media account I have. I deleted twitter, LinkedIn (Facebook for ‘professionals’) and never had TokTik or Instagram.
the US has these, too. Often with a phone number that’s not really the restraunt’s but is forwarded to it. Then they charge (or try) the restraunt for the service of delivering customers. The legitimate delivery websites do this, too.