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Black Gate 4


So I see that other magazines are on Facebook, and I was debating the creation of a Facebook page for Black Gate.

To be honest, I'm still not sure what purpose Facebook really serves in my life. I do like that I'm occasionally in touch with old friends and school chums, and when one of us says something it's almost like we're all gathering around the water cooler to comment on something nice or to commiserate on something challenging.

As to Black Gate, well, the site itself gets updated almost every day, so what would I be posting on Facebook -- hey, something new is up? Well, duh; it's pretty easy to see that. The other option is to just create a Facebook page for people to mark as fans and to do little else with it, but then the page would look abandoned and I don't want it to look as if Black Gate is non functional.

What do y'all think? I'm still inclined not to create the Facebook page, as I'm frankly too busy for what I'm doing already. Is there some greater purpose to it of which I'm not aware? I'm not saying it's bad for a magazine to have a Facebook page, I'm just not sure  Black Gate needs it.


I think it would be worth it. For one thing, through networked blogs you get automatic updates -- so the day-to-day postings are pretty hands free (for an example look at my facebook page, all the blog updates are automatic).

Another thing the facebook page and updates give you is a bit more of a community building sort of thing. Plus, the potential for something to 'go viral' on facebook with a simple string of reposts is pretty nice.

I'd be happy to help manage it, its something I'd like to learn more about.
Thanks Bill, you're on. Let's figure out how to make it work.