Hank Rearden
I just thought I would share some ideas about Facebook. Many people use it and there are a number of good blacksmithing groups there as well. For me they are a good source of information to a degree.  I think it's best used as a marquee for a lack of a better definition. For me the groups  offer "at the moment information". Then it gets buried by the next group of postings and makes it difficult to relocate at a later time. Also, the number of post from friends not affiliated with blacksmithing on my time line gets buried.


I've been thinking on the best way to use Facebook to better connect the group. So, here are a few ideas that others might be interested in and didn't know about.

First there is an app on the forum that allows you to login to the forum with Facebook. When you do that you can share your forum post on your Facebook time line by checking the box on the bottom of the dialogue window.

(To use this feature login to the forum with face book in the login window. Your Facebook login information isn't stored by any software from the forum. It's managed with Facebook on the Facebook app.)

Next, I want to share how I use Facebook now. I created a Facebook with my forum username and separated my personal Facebook from my Blacksmithing interest. This allows me more control over the content and who sees it as it relates to their interest. Because I'm active on the forum and with blacksmithing in general It makes sense.

(If your interested in finding me on Facebook to follow blacksmithing interest you can send a friend request. My user name for Facebook is Hank Rearden.)

When you use these features from the forum you also share with others on Facebook that helps spread the word about our community here.

If you have any question or other ideas please let me know.
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jmccustomknives
Agreed.  Things in the facebook groups get buried to fast.  No way to for others to tap that knowledge in the future.  If it's important it should be posted here, if you want likes post it there.  lol.  Or post it in both.  [wink]

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Norseman C.B.
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Hank Rearden
Hi Norseman C.B.
In many ways you're sentiments are shared by many. On the other hand there are many who use it. That said I don't want to loose the opportunity to work as many avenues to touch base with others as possible. One thing for sure FB is a time steeler. Misspelled for the pun. Lol.
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NorrinRadd
jmccustomknives wrote:
Agreed.  Things in the facebook groups get buried to fast.  No way to for others to tap that knowledge in the future.  If it's important it should be posted here, if you want likes post it there.  lol.  Or post it in both.  [wink]


JMC makes a great point. Im not a big fan of FB. Since he brought up "likes" it made me wonder how many folks were aware of the option to give "likes" or thumbs up/down on posts here on the forum? I really haven't paid much attention to it until recently, but am just curious to know if it's worth using here?
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Hank Rearden
I'm not sure if this is worth it. I only know it's available to use. That said. I understand it to work this way. Suppose you post something on the forum folks on your Facebook timeline would be interested in. If you login to the forum using the Facebook login option you can share your post on your timeline by checking the Facebook icon at the bottom of the dialog window. You can also share a page using the share icon on the top of the page.
Experiment with it and let us know how it worked for you.
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Scrambler82
NorrinRadd wrote:
Since he brought up "likes" it made me wonder how many folks were aware of the option to give "likes" or thumbs up/down on posts here on the forum? I really haven't paid much attention to it until recently, but am just curious to know if it's worth using here?


As a new, really new, Member, I saw the "Like,Dislike" Buttons and thought it was a great idea.
Face Book, I use it for keeping up with old friends from New England and not much more, really not too sure about it, so I will "LIKE" the Site's Page but not really sure of much more.

Thks for the option.
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jmccustomknives
Scrambler82 wrote:


As a new, really new, Member, I saw the "Like,Dislike" Buttons and thought it was a great idea.
Face Book, I use it for keeping up with old friends from New England and not much more, really not too sure about it, so I will "LIKE" the Site's Page but not really sure of much more.

Thks for the option.


Facebook is taking the place of these forums which is a shame.  You can't research FB, there's so much information that gets lost that a guy could just hit the search tab and find here.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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theengel
I would take it a step further.  Facebook seems to be taking the place of relationships... also a shame.

But I believe (hope, anyway) that these forums will be around for a good, long while.  They're a pretty important part of a lot of specialties.  Especially where information sharing is important.  
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Scrambler82
Good Morning, theengel,

I think to you are right, easier than meeting face to face to talk or the phone.
Although if I didn't have FB it would be harder to keep up with friends from across country, for the rest of it,,,  we could get by without it... especially the advertisements !

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anvil
Ive spent quite a bit of time on a few facebook blacksmith sites. Im backing off, not giving up.

I find the astronomical growth in numbers, nearly all rank beginners, are far too hard to deal with.
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Marc
I agree that FB is useless for any sort of communication or research when it is a public forum. The sheer number of posts makes it impossible. The "international blacksmithing" group has a lot of high quality blacksmith mainly from eastern Europe, but again useless to talk to anyone, just good to look around. 

However I think that FB for your personal use to keep up with family and friends providing you keep it private is priceless. I don't think it has taken the place of anything, just allows to share experiences very easily and for free. Our parents would complain about the phone, we complain about facebook [smile]
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theengel
I've found that FB is a good place for people to waste time.  Lots of time.  That's just been what I witness.  Personally, I stay away from it.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Marc
Two of my daughters thought they were spending too much time on Facebook so closed it and now use Instagram. 🙄
It's personal thing, what is wasting time anyway?
I thought Twitter was a waste of time and never used it, yet it must be very popular judging from how much politicians use it.
I had a few good inspirations from Facebook posted photos, and also from Pinterest.
When I was a kid We did not have TV but an extensive library of a few thousand books mainly literature. I would spend several hours a day reading and according to my parents, wasting my time 😀
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