Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Situation Revolving Around the ASMR Facebook Group

Recently when I logged in to Facebook and went over to the ASMR Group, I noticed a message posted above the wall. It said something about the group being scheduled to be archived.

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The ASMR Group comes under the old group format, and upon further reading, I saw that action needs to be taken to successfully port it over to the new format, such as saving existing info. If nothing is done, the group is archived, and there will be substantial losses, such as all members of the group being lost.

No pressure, then.

The new group format might not necessarily suit the needs of the group from what I’ve read. But there are other alternatives.

Pages are the new groups. I’ve seen organisations in the past switch from using groups to pages - this is likely the reason why; because of the new format. Pages, it seems, are best for a large audience – a community - such as ours. Then again, Pages can be equally as restrictive. But we’ll have to settle on something, seeing as we need a Facebook presence – it’s one of our top “capture nets” for new members, and probably one of the most active network sites at that.

In the end, it’s up to Jenn, as the administrator of the Facebook group, to make this call – and she is busy trying to find a solution right as I type this, be assured. There is a planned port attempt for this coming Sunday, and we hope that it will take place without much loss. If anything goes wrong, we are sorry, but some action has to be taken. I’m just writing about this here today, and all community members should receive a message about the situation in their individual email accounts soon, perhaps with a wall post on Facebook for those who don’t check their email. ;)

We either port over to the new group format, or we scrap the group, lose pretty much everything so far, and start a page instead. Or the group gets archived, so you can still see what all the fuss what about, but with some significant changes that might well not be acceptable.

We could let it be archived, and then start the new page in addition to this. I’m just running through the options here. But I think we’ll likely go for a port.

This is all so sudden, and like I said - we’re currently trying to come up a with a solution as to what to do. Just bear with us. ASMR isn’t going away, no matter what. It’ll be kind of sad to see all the work that’s gone in the group go to waste, and all because of some silly, inconvenient, and unnecessary change on Facebook’s part – but we’re going to get through this somehow. Sounds dramatic, I know.

This is also why we encourage more participation on the ASMR forums – because that’s not going to change any time soon.

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For further reading on the situation:

http://www.facebook.com/groups
http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=18966

1 comment:

  1. It is a disgrace. Charity groups, non-profits, educational, hobbies, you name it... all being chopped, ruthlessly.

    To me it looks like they are streamlining to chase Twitter. And they don't give a hoot who gets hurt. Some of the groups have paid Facebook handsomely for ads, to get more members. Now they are 'archiving' them with no option to take their members with them. In fact, Facebook are to delete the members from the archived group. Nice people.

    What to do? Finally there is some resistance:
    http://www.facebook.com/SaveOurGroups

    Hopefully the mainstream media will soon pick this up, and expose it, because it is UGLY.

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