Facebook Groups for birding - time for a rethink?

Subject: Facebook Groups for birding - time for a rethink?
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:59:27 +1100
I can only say that I agree.

Birding-Aus the mailing list is good (IMHO), as it archives, meaning
that you can find a post from ages ago using a search, and while the
archive search may not be terribly useful, it's viewable by Google so
you can use that instead - and it works. As others have pointed out,
finding a post on the Facebook site from last month, let along five
years ago is near impossible. Photos also work - patchily - on the
mailing list, depending on your operating system, although sound files
don't work.

I think that the main disadvantage about the mailing list is that it
isn't Facebook, which is what people use.


On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 10:13 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> Over the years we’ve discussed alternatives to this mailing list here several 
> times. Facebook and birdforum were suggested, but people wanted to stick with 
> email. It seemed like any kind of login was too hard.
> Then smart phones arrived, people drifted into Facebook for other reasons, 
> then suddenly it was the in thing for birding. It may be insecure, 
> fragmented, unsearchable and chaotic, but the numbers participating dwarf the 
> membership of this list. Good luck shifting them somewhere better.
> To be fair, if one only used Facebook for bird stuff, there are limited 
> opportunities for personal data misuse. I was going to say the same about 
> fake news, but we had some spectacular examples of it early on.
> Peter Shute
> Sent from my iPad
>> On 21 Mar 2018, at 9:10 am, Steve Clark <> wrote:
>> G'day all
>> Is it time the managers of the various Facebook birding groups sought
>> alternatives?  I've never been comfortable with a Facebook account and only
>> have one because of the need to be in touch via the birding groups.  With
>> the recent scandal indicating high-level personal data misuse and targeted
>> fake news I think Facebook is really on the nose.
>> Maybe options such as or are worth
>> considering.
>> Cheers
>> Steve Clark
>> Hamilton, Vic
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