[kwlug-disc] kwlug moribund? [Was: Creative Mornings]

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Mon Apr 28 14:27:27 EDT 2014

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I think KWLUG already has a presence on those social media platforms:

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/s/kwlug

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/235909336445540/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1769625

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwlug

!Fediverse: http://sn.jonkman.ca/kwlug and

I'm a co-admin for the LinkedIn page, and I'm the voice of KWLUG on
Twitter and in the !Fediverse. If anyone wants to join me I'll be glad
to hand out the passwords in an encrypted e-mail, or in person at the
next meeting.

I've been live-microblogging the last few KWLUG meetings, but aside
from a few "Favorited" and re-Tweets by total strangers I'm not sure
if the effort is worth the result. Does anyone here find the
live-blogging of @KWLUG meetings useful?

For myself I would do neither Facebook nor Google+, and Twitter only
as an amplifier for the !Fediverse.  But in the case of the Ubuntu
Canadian team, at an Ubuntu IRC meeting (with International Observers
from the Local Community (LoCo) Council) it was suggested that we
expand to where people are, and that's Facebook and Google+.  So
Cranky got roped into managing a Google+ community page for Ubuntu-ca,
and Sammy Lao (razorgoto) was volunteered into setting up a Facebook
Ubuntu-ca page. So now I'm actually on both Google+ and Facebook far
more than I want to be.

I've been cross-promoting Ubuntu-ca IRC/Video Chat meetings and Ubuntu
Hours on Google+, Facebook, Ubuntu forums and mailing lists, and still
the last IRC/Video Chat meeting consisted mostly of me talking to myself.

I suspect that the high-tech and FAIF crowds I hang out with at both
KWLUG and Ubuntu-ca have not much interest in any of the commercial
social media sites, and both groups are more active on their mailing
lists than anywhere else. And perhaps that's how it should be.

- --Bob.

On 14-04-28 09:45 AM, CrankyOldBugger wrote:
> Well social media is a good idea.
> The Canadian Ubuntu Google+ group which Bob, Darcy and I (and 
> others) started is now up to 33 followers and 6,830 views.
> Bob keeps mentioning some "FaceBook" thing but honestly I have no 
> idea what he's talking about, and I strongly suspect that this 
> "FaceBook" is some sort of delusion he's having..  He makes it 
> sound like it's something that's kind of like Google+, but nowhere 
> near as good...
> On 28 April 2014 09:35, John Johnson <jvj at golden.net> wrote:
>> On 2014-04-28 08:19, Chamunks Arkturus wrote:
>> If we do a bit more social media wise I think that we would pick 
>> up.
>> Agree. And with the "pick up" comes a wider audience, ranging 
>> from "newbies" to "experts". And with that challenge to engage 
>> and retain individuals with different levels of experience. No 
>> suggestions. No solutions. I just thought I would remind readers 
>> of this recurring issue.
>> Me? I still consider myself a Linux newbie. And this after some 
>> experience in the 1980s as a part-time Unix sysadm. And after 
>> recently setting up an Ubuntu webserver with Apache (ok ok 
>> Apache2). But still a newbie.
>> JohnJ

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