Social Media for birders.

To: Chris Sanderson <>
Subject: Social Media for birders.
From: Gunnar Engblom <>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 03:12:52 -0500
Peter, Chris is right. Just turn off all the apps. Chat windows rarely come
on for me and I have 2150 friends.
I have a way of filtering to my newsfeed only the people that are commenting
on my posts, status and links, that way you can engage back when the same
people post something that you find interesting.

Facebook will be different for each and everyone of course. Everyone has
different needs of privacy and connections. And you don't have to get 5000
friends. I have chosen that number, because that is the maximum number of
friends per profle.
You are in reality only allowed to have one profile. To me it seems better
to set your privacy settings in a way that some photo albums are only shown
to specific people. The same goes for links. Just warn your non
birding friends that there will be a lot of birding stuff on you wall...


On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 1:04 AM, Chris Sanderson

> I have 220 facebook friends, and for the most part its pretty sane.  If
> someone (or an application) is spamming your wall, you can turn off their
> updates, block them or even unfriend them.  If you are worried about being
> overwhelmed with chat windows, you can always switch chat off (just choose
> "go offline" in chat options).  I have one addition to what Gunnar is
> suggesting though - if you planned to have 5000 birding contacts on
> facebook, I would seriously consider making a separate profile for just your
> birding contacts.   I use facebook to keep in touch with friends and
> organise social events, throwing 4800 strangers into the mix would seriously
> impact my ability to do this.  I do see some big potential advantages to
> birders through facebook though - a readymade network of contacts to ask
> questions, advice on travel, identification, or even a chance to meet with
> locals on international or interstate birding trips.
> Regards,
> Chris
> On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:
>> I have less than 20 Facebook friends. If they all get chatty, it can take
>> a while to work through it all, especially if some are running applications
>> that post results, etc, on my page. What would it be like with 100, let
>> alone 5000?
>> Have you tried it? Do conversations just get lost?
>> Why replace the Blackberry with an iPhone?  It might not do quite
>> everything the other can, but if you've already got it ...
>> Peter Shute
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