Has Facebook alienated us?
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Last night on Facebook our dear friend Harriet lobbed out an idea for folks lamenting the banning/removal/chastisement/threatening of people who are using the words “URBAN HOMESTEAD” on Facebook:
Folks, I suppose you know about all the censoring going on over at Urban I-can-do-it-myself land. I guess you know about some of our favorite bloggers like, oh Northwest Edible Life who have been warned not to speak their mind on the matter. I guess you can feel the crunch of the fb police closing in on all us urban I-can-do-it-myself-in-my-backyard farmers. What to do? Personally, I think commodifying and copyrighting this movement is completely ironic and speaks to how far from the spirit we have gone. Why don’t we just go over to HOMEGROWN.org and do our talking there? Check it out, I think you’ll like them. It might not be fb but it won’t be censored either.
What say you, community? What do you think of HOMEGROWN.org as an alternative to Facebook? Calamity Jane tried gathering up her flock in a group called Apron Stringz last year, but it fizzled. She’s been in her own transition, so that may explain some of it, but I’ll ask her why it didn’t last.
This web site is designed to be a welcoming place for supportive, informative and safe exchange of information about all things agrarian, homesteading, householding, domestic, etc., but it also requires the leadership of many – not just one.
I’m happy to provide suggestions on how to structure such a Facebook-like venue on HOMEGROWN.org:
- Start a GROUP – a microcommunity – called YOU DON’T OWN MY WORDS or MY LIFE IS NOT A TRADEMARK or THIS IS NOT FACEBOOK or whatever righteous title you agree upon. A group allows for discussions to be organized by topic. Its downfall is that folks tend to just comment on the main group page and we end up with a long string of comments with no structure or reference points. Rambling, at best.
- Start a DISCUSSION in the main DISCUSSION FORUM. The good part is that there is no extra step of joining a microcommunity. The downside is that there is less of a “club house” feel.
- Either of these options allows you to share a link to an article, blog post, photo, whatever that you’ve been sharing on Facebook. Sharing with others is easy, too. It certainly would mean a collective shift in behavior, which we all know is not a quick and easy thing. Again, I’m happy to answer questions and give support to make it work.
Yes, Facebook sucks. They’re trying to squeeze money out of anyone with a page. They’ve decided to take the most boring, draconian route toward more profits and it will come back to bite them on their virtual ass. They’ve limited our ability to reach the thousands of people who have voluntarily subscribed to updates because we can’t – and won’t – pay. I’ll admit we’re a bit out of the loop on the news of Facebook banning members and taking down pages, so we’ll leave that to those in the know.
Most of all, I think that we’d like to hear how HOMEGROWN.org can be of service to this kick ass community of fired up, pissed off, fiercely independent people like Harriet, Erica, Rachel, Calamity, Heidi and those of us who love the conversations they inspire. I’m eager to hear. Be honest. Have at it. And now, I’ll go over to Facebook and post a link to this discussion.
ps: Apologies to everyone who has absolutely no idea what this is all about. It ‘aint drama, be assured. Carry on.