Still prefer forums, though!
100% agree with everything Zumarrad posted, and thank you for making me feel less of a weirdo for wanting to keep belly dance obsessiveness separate from general friends and family and work. I don't inflict that on them IRL, why would I do it on line? Part of me goes "oh crap" whenever it leaks out at work that I do belly dance, why should on line be any different?
Someone just added me to a local BD group on FB - still not sure how that works, but it is absolutely a great thing for networking semi-local goings on. But do I want to geek on anything BD-related with that group? Nope... Too small a pond.
Still prefer forums, though!
Like I said, that "most hated" site on the Internet - their "real name" policy, if for nothing else, is why I'll NEVER be seen there. Interestingly enough, many forums on other subjects are still thriving. Pianos and guns come to mind (Hi Zum!).
Bikes and sewing, too. Keeping up the museum's FB site is part of my job. A personal account is required to manage a business site. The stuffed lynx in the museum now has her own e-mail address and FB site. She writes brilliant short essays and announcements for the museum.
"Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."
Yesterday I heard an interview with a long time sports coach decrying the pay and play mindset of many (younger) people - that is they wanted to just turn up and be included; they didn't want to have to practice or spend time coming up through they ranks. A physical version of instant gratification I suppose. I suspect this has an affect on belly dance numbers. You join Zumba and you are "dancing" immediately. Ditto some Tribal classes I have heard about (3rd week of class in a big skirt on stage!)
I also use Facebook for a lot of dance stuff. Many of my dance friends are on Facebook and use it to communicate thoughts about dance, post information about events, share photos, etc. I don't mind this. But I do mind the drop-off in forum communication in the form of threads on specific topics that you can go back to and see what's been said about that topic -- even if it's way old. Facebook communication is much more ephemeral.
@Zorba: I misunderstood; I thought you meant that people hated OUR site! I'm sorry!
I don't give a zil's clack about Facebook policy, I use my dancer name, and Facebook can just get mad in the same coin belt they get glad in! >:P
"... I don't give a Zill's clack about..." - I like that! I'm gonna have to use that sometime!!!
And yes, how could I have forgotten about Bike Forums? You just CAN'T keep up with that firehose of posts!
Also, a brand new forum for sewing machine collectors just started a couple of weeks ago - its off to a VERY strong start! I have to check it a couple of times a day now to keep up.
Last edited by Zorba; 02-26-2016 at 07:54 AM.
Well, irony of ironies ;-) The apparent death of Bhuz brought me here to find out what was going on, especially as I couldn't find mention of it on Bhuz's FB page (obvs didn't look hard enough). I resisted facebook for a *very* long time (compared to my friendship group) and I think it was when I finally realised that people weren't emailing out to their lists about bellydance events any more, but just setting up a facebook event that I realised I was going to have to capitulate. Wrt to Bhuz I think the death knell (and I personally don't expect it to be coming back) for participation there was sounded when the Swap Meet was taken over by Panjo - caused a lot of bad feeling. But even before that there was a dearth of interesting, 'gorpy' posts and a preponderance of 'buy my shiny Bella' posts :-( I also wonder if this phenomenon is partly due to newer members of the bellydance community going straight to facebook than to specialist sites like here and Bhuz, which means the interesting questions that spark the gorpy discussions are posted less?