We are changing the Type 34 Registry Facebook presence from a 'Page' to a 'Group'. It's a big change but there's a good reason for it.
Way back when we initially set up The Registry's Facebook presence, things seemed to be all about getting 'likes' so a page was the natural choice. Using a page also integrated perfectly with the website software and allowed blog posts and status updates from the site to be shown simultaneously on Facebook. The two were integrated together with the ultimate goal being to drive traffic back to the website.
The social web has changed a lot over the past few years and Facebook has grown to the point where web forums are largely redundant, users simply do not click through to post on web sites any more making the integration between type34.com and Facebook irrelevant.
Unfortunately by using a Facebook page instead of a group members posts are lost in the sidebar and not displayed in the main feed. This means that now most members simply go elsewhere.
Changing from a page to a group will mean that members posts will get shown in the main feed and so discussions will be easier to follow, help will be both easier to get and to give, which will encourage more interaction between the group members.
This all seems easy enough but there is a catch. Unfortunately there is no way to migrate content or users from a page to a group so the only option is to start again. Even as an admin I cannot message or add those users that are not on my friends list. This means that we need to build up members again from scratch, organically.
This is where you come in. Please let all of your VW buddies know that the Type 34 Registry Facebook page has now moved to www.facebook.com/groups/type34/ The page is open to all, both new members and old, owners and non-owners alike. Please spread the word.
We will post messages to the old page and also around the web but if you could let others on your friends list know it will help us get our member base back to where we are now.
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