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Jul 24, 2011

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Craftyboro

The City Council briefing is Tuesday at 3 pm to discuss the market.

The Council Meeting is next Monday, not Tuesday because of National Night Out on Tuesday.

Roch101

Not publicly available.

Billy Jones

Roch: "Not publicly available."

And not very smart...

Ed Cone

The page says it's an open group, and I'm able to access it.

Andrew Brod

I think we went through this before. If you're not on FB, there are many FB pages you can't see. A simple solution is joining FB; it's harmless and only rarely annoying. These days, that's not a bad ratio.

Ed Cone

I think it's a good idea to at least mirror content on a free-standing blog or other website, but as long as FB is free, the problem is pretty minimal.

The open web is important and worth fighting for, but real-world compromises are inevitable and sometimes desirable.

Roch101

The meta analysis aside, if you want the information you publish to the web to be seen as widely as possible, don't configure its settings so that its exposure is limited. It's not a matter of compromise, it's a matter of paying attention to what you are doing.

Billy Jones

Andrew: "A simple solution is joining FB; it's harmless and only rarely annoying..."

Apparently you are unaware of what Facebook has become.

Like Roch said: If you want to get the word out you don't restrict who can hear it.

Andrew Brod

Yeah, what has Facebook "become"?

Oogedy boogedy.

Ed Cone

"As widely as possible" is an abstract goal, and paying attention to what you're doing might mean focusing more on the actual work of coming up with a market plan, presenting to Council, etc, than on web publishing.

Again, a website of some sort would be a best practice, but for a lot of organizations the quick and dirty FB page is a reasonable option.

I'm no great fan of FB for a number of reasons, including the walled garden it promotes, but the world didn't ask me.

Roch101

One can check a different box and make the content more widely accessible, or one can make an argument of it.

Ed Cone

Now I'm confused -- what box needs to be clicked?

Andrew Brod

And who's doing the complaining?

michele

Facebook has an option to make pages viewable without being logged in -- in other words, publicly available.

Ed Cone

Thanks, Michele, that's helpful, hope the group will click that box.

Roch101

I'm complaining, Andy is arguing. What Michele said, which I tried with "don't configure its settings so that its exposure is limited."

michele

P.S. "Supporters of the Greensboro Farmers' Curb Market" on Facebook is a group, not a page. My suggestion would be that they close the group and create a page. Groups have much less functionality.

michele

P.P.S. Upon further investigation, I discovered that the default for Facebook pages is public. You have to unpublish for a page to be private, and then only admins can see it, although I found a comment thread that says there's an FBML code to get around that and private the page. When we created our StreetWatch page, I thought that we had to choose "public." I don't know if FB has changed the rules for pages, or if maybe I'm remembering setting up a group. But anyway, if the Farmers' Market folks create a page instead of a group, it will be publicly viewable.

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