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03 Nov 2016 6:07 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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kyoteblue Inactive Member16 May 2016 8:01 p.m. PST

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Personal logo Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2016 8:13 p.m. PST

I started a new FaceBook account about 8 months ago… it's ok. I use it mostly to connect with our local gaming community and harass Smokey's college sports friends.

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2016 8:16 p.m. PST

Have no use for it!

Historique16 May 2016 8:23 p.m. PST

I do. I use to connect with various gamers across the world, connect with companies, as well as promote my own. I find it one of the best, free, platforms to advertise and communicate.

Garand16 May 2016 8:25 p.m. PST

I use FB extensively, mainly for what the OP is talking about.

Damon.

Toronto4816 May 2016 8:39 p.m. PST

I used to be on FB a lot until I started getting lots of spam and unsolicited offers Someone also tried to hack my system through my FB so I dumped it

Grimmnar16 May 2016 8:46 p.m. PST

Silly.
Still don't see the use for it.
Still don't see what the fan boys love about it.
Still think a forum is of better use, or even a BLOG.

Grimm

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2016 9:09 p.m. PST

Agree with Grimm
C

Micman Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2016 9:13 p.m. PST

I find it quite useful for hobby news. More important is the info of what my fellow gamers are doing. Their projects, where they find cool minis, and sometimes sale items.

Also to promote events. Big help with that.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 May 2016 9:40 p.m. PST

Facebook makes it hard to follow your favorite companies, because it won't reliably show you their messages. (They have to shell out extra money to reach more people… even their own 'followers' on FB.)

WeeSparky16 May 2016 10:10 p.m. PST

Facebook makes it hard to follow your favorite companies, because it won't reliably show you their messages. (They have to shell out extra money to reach more people… even their own 'followers' on FB.)

HERE'S THE FIX:

Scroll down to the bottom of the Newsfeed on your HOME page and click on"Edit Options". In the popup, click on the dropdown menu next to 'Show posts from:' and select "All Of Your Friends and Pages" and then clickSave.

kyoteblue Inactive Member16 May 2016 11:00 p.m. PST

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warwell Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 2:37 a.m. PST

I use it frequently for my other hobby – LARPing. The local groups post schedules and events there.

For mini gaming, I find TMP far more useful.

Green Tiger Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 2:40 a.m. PST

I live in a different city to that in which I grew up so I use it to keep in touch with friends and family, I do not use it for any gaming related purpose and do not intend to.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member17 May 2016 2:43 a.m. PST

One account for family and friends and one for hobby related associates.

Works for what it is.

Blogs, forums, groups – all have limitations. FB despite my preferences works better than other options at this time.

MajorB17 May 2016 3:46 a.m. PST

To echo Grimmnar:

Still don't see the use for it.
Still don't see what the fan boys love about it.
Still think a forum is of better use, or even a BLOG.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP17 May 2016 4:29 a.m. PST

Blogs, forums, groups all have limitations. FB despite my preferences works better than other options at this time.

As the most pre-made on the above list, FB has the most limitations.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 4:37 a.m. PST

No.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 4:52 a.m. PST

I don't use facebook.
I do post on G+, since its integrated into gmail pretty well.

Election season has made me use it a lot less though.

GenWinter17 May 2016 5:09 a.m. PST

I use it more with the addition of Wargamer's Market Place. However, it is a little discouraging to see more and more gamers selling their old collections of board games. Reminds me of my own aging.

Greg C.

Dynaman878917 May 2016 5:29 a.m. PST

FB is great, I use it daily to follow 10 different wargaming groups. Easily done and posts do not get missed in those groups.

KTravlos Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 5:38 a.m. PST

I have my 19th century group on it. So yes I use it quite a lot.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member17 May 2016 5:46 a.m. PST

etotheipi,

You are wrong in my experience/for my needs/wants. What works for you is not what works for me.

I want to stay in contact but not be a member with the local Historical group (Big Muddy HGA) and Facebook actually works for that while other methods did not. They tell me of the cons and game shop events they are involved with locally, I don't have membership dues, I can avoid the (now defunct) monthly newsletter. Works for me very nicely. And no "club politics" to boot. Woo Hoo!

I have control to decide which family members post information on my personal account about what they are doing, which ones I can go see what they are doing (but not have my agency constantly reading their "personal Life style" posts potentially affecting my employment) and which ones are simply not allowed to ruin my day. FB does allow me that option with "unfollow" or "unfriend" them if needed. Easier than deleting their unread e-mails. Having an hobby account and a personal account keeps the personal and the game aspects of my life as separated as possible which pleases (so far) everyone.

Blogs are a bust in my experience and a dying phenomenon because they take up (strictly IMNSHO) so much valuable game related time to adequately update. So, I suspect eventually people stop blogging and return to painting/gaming except for the most dedicated. I see blogs very much like an inadequate and more difficult to find version of FB when it comes to reaching a larger audience. Nice for niche communication with a few acolytes but not really an effective wide communication tool.

Forums such as TMP or LAF are somewhere between Blogs and FB in nature.

Hardly a fan of FB for many reasons but it works better than other methodologies I have tried for what I want. As always, don't like something (FB, TMP, LAF, Blogs, anything) then don't use it.

I much prefer it for general communication from manufacturers than my having to visit a dozen web sites on a regular basis.

cosmicbank17 May 2016 5:58 a.m. PST

I worked for a company that made me get a facebook account. when I left I tried to close it. The hardest thing I have ever done was close my facebook account. I hope the alien come and destroy the sun just so Facebook gets shut down, maybe I am overeacting….no I am good.

epturner17 May 2016 6:00 a.m. PST

No FB for me.

Eric

smolders17 May 2016 6:18 a.m. PST

yes

meledward2317 May 2016 7:13 a.m. PST

NO

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 8:11 a.m. PST

No. Facebook collects, processes, stores and shares far more about its users than I'm comfortable with.

Personal logo jeffreyw3 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 9:08 a.m. PST

I find FB to be a very handy and convenient way to access hobby data. Controlling one's feed is straightforward, and I will take passes through specific groups to catch up on anything I've missed. Blog posts aside, I see TMP items there first.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 9:16 a.m. PST

I had an account, found it annoying and when folks that I did not want to ever see again started showing up on my electronic door, I scragged the account.
I prefer this site and the various blogs etc. That I have found due to TMP.

KSmyth17 May 2016 9:37 a.m. PST

I use it for lots of reasons. I use it to keep in contact with old friends and students. I post blog entries to that site. I'm a dedicated baseball fan and connect with fan groups. I give it as much time as I choose to. Some day little, some days a lot just like TMP.

Personal logo Ooh Rah Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 9:57 a.m. PST

I don't use FB for any gaming purposes. I use it only to see photos of my grandkids and get updates from immediate family. Probably because I don't use it much, but FB is very user unfriendly IMO.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member17 May 2016 11:21 a.m. PST

I have an account. I keep up with posts from friends and family, rarely post myself. I also joined the Wargamers' Marketplace group, and a couple of other hobby related groups. I'm sure I'm not using FB to its potential, I'm kind of a dinosaur.

Scroll down to the bottom of the Newsfeed on your HOME page

Speaking of dinosaurs…I believe I'm in my Newsfeed on my Home page, but I can't scroll to the bottom. The farther down I scroll, more older stuff keeps appearing, and I never reach bottom.

In my Favorites menu (in the left window) I have a Newsfeeds entry. Selecting it puts me in the Newsfeed on my Home page, which seems to be my default. The Favorites menu entry has an Edit Preferences function that brings up a pop-up window, but there is no option to Show Posts From.

Help?

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 11:55 a.m. PST

NO!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 11:58 a.m. PST

People my age are on it usually because they have kids and/or grandkids. But I have neither so no! Now get off my lawn!

kyoteblue Inactive Member17 May 2016 12:43 p.m. PST

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Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 12:50 p.m. PST

Yes. I use it to schedule gaming events with my local group and share photos of games.

Personal logo sneakgun Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 3:03 p.m. PST

Yes, there are all kinds of games worldwide that can be seen and shared.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 5:28 p.m. PST

No interest in FB at all

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2016 8:35 p.m. PST

I use it to stay in touch with my Army friends serving around the world.

Martin Rapier18 May 2016 3:39 a.m. PST

Use it all the time to keep in touch with friends and family as well as hobby stuff (wargaming, running , re-enactment).

Increasingly, many events are only organised via FB.

Part of the fragmentation of society and modern life I guess.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2016 8:05 a.m. PST

What works for you is not what works for me.

That has nothing to do with the limitations of the medium.

FB is the most limited medium on the list. If the utility that you get from it works for you and you aren't interested in the multiple things you can't do with it, then it certainly can be a better fit.

The first two specific points you make (membership, control of your account) have nothing to do with the medium, they have to do with the people controlling the medium. The last one (as you point out) is a function of your specific skill set and not the medium.

TMPWargamerabbit18 May 2016 8:37 a.m. PST

No FB in the warren.

BelgianRay Inactive Member18 May 2016 11:25 a.m. PST

Echo Grimmnar.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2016 4:37 p.m. PST

To answer Grimmar, Major B, and the others…

Silly.

Silly simply because you don't like it?

Still don't see the use for it.

It's kept me in touch with family members that I haven't seen in years and keeps me up to date on the progress of my children, and my granddaughter. It's also helped me with discussing issues with my college classes, and talking to workmates about getting issues fixed that we can't discuss on official channels. We also use it to share info on our reenacting events, plus I've used it to help a friend with his VA disability claim.
It has many uses. You just have to have an open mind for it.

Still don't see what the fan boys love about it.

Don't know any FB fanboys. Can you name me how many you know?

Still think a forum is of better use, or even a BLOG.

Once again your opinion. I have 2 blogs, and I have more FB followers, and I advertise my blog on FB, and get more hits….

You like forums? Good for you.
You like blogs only? Good for you.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 May 2016 6:52 p.m. PST

Scroll down to the bottom of the Newsfeed on your HOME page and click on"Edit Options". In the popup, click on the dropdown menu next to 'Show posts from:' and select "All Of Your Friends and Pages" and then clickSave.

That doesn't solve the problem. FB is charging companies if they want to have their messages read by more people. It is called 'promoting' your message.

kyoteblue Inactive Member18 May 2016 7:06 p.m. PST

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Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2016 11:36 a.m. PST

Love Facebook.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2016 12:52 p.m. PST

Someone earlier said that FB will replace wargaming blogs. I find that hard to believe. There must be thousands of blogs pertaining to wargaming. I find three or four new ones everyday.

I don't know of a way to get a count on how many there are but it is a lot. If I only didn't have to have a FB page to join FB so I can keep up with stuff. I have heard how difficult it is to shutdown a FB page, its crazy.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.