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Are you involved in any of the various social networking sites out there - Facebook, Myspace, etc.? If so, do you use your real identity and photos of yourself there or a pseudonym (like "MBM") ?

Question: How do you think the experience and over-all interaction would change here (at AA.org) if, over time, we evolved to encourage people to use their real identities/photos like in social networking sites? Would that be a positive thing - making for a better community or not?

Any community is obviously only as strong as its members. When I started this site there weren't a lot of examples of people using their real identities online. Now, of course, there are plenty. Would evolving to have members sharing their real identities be a positive thing or not? What do you think?

I appreciate your feedback. tfro

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Don't do the social network thing...

How would you verify that someone isn't using false information?

I would guess that some AA.org members have already made connections offline with members they want to interact with further. I don't think the interaction between current AA.org members would change much; perceptions have been well-established. You might attract more new members with that functionality though; then you have to manage the potential culture clash and old head vs. new member friction.
I understand the question and I guess the issue maybe be about not getting to far left behind with the current/changing technology and demographic appeal of those other sites. Also, I guess, they attract a much broader vendor support base.

I personally don't use them and I say make gradual changes over time without distrupting your site's environment or essence.

When I log on to your site, I know what to bring to the table; what to expect and what is expected of me in order to interact.

For me, this site and it's format bring to the table serious dicussion/interaction across the board without any of the "social fluff" that comes with those social networking sites. To me. this is the essence of this site and that flavor needs to remain.

Even the "Laughs & Smiles" category has a semi-serious tinge to it. You are talking about yourself. I like that.

I don't want to much "busy", spending any time looking at photos, pics, music or "would you like to be my friend" networking. I just like straight up discussuion (point/counterpoint).

To me, the people that interact on this site have something to say that deeply effects them and their communitie(s) without being wrapped around the "social story of the week". We share/learn from each other and it makes you do your homework.

To me, www.Blackvoices.com & www.BlackAmericaweb.com is set up that way and it takes away your focus. To me, it's ineffective. On those sites, the topic can start with Nelson Mandela and end up talking about the NBA finals. Blogger don't polic themselves and the sites seem to lack policing/oversight controls.

Make gradual changes to impove business aspects but keep the essence. Streamline the specific subject matter in each category and continue to keep everyone on point. Smile
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Originally posted by MBM:
Are you involved in any of the various social networking sites out there - Facebook, Myspace, etc.? If so, do you use your real identity and photos of yourself there or a pseudonym (like "MBM") ?

Question: How do you think the experience and over-all interaction would change here (at AA.org) if, over time, we evolved to encourage people to use their real identities/photos like in social networking sites? Would that be a positive thing - making for a better community or not?

Any community is obviously only as strong as its members. When I started this site there weren't a lot of examples of people using their real identities online. Now, of course, there are plenty. Would evolving to have members sharing their real identities be a positive thing or not? What do you think?

I appreciate your feedback. tfro



I like what we have here, but i wouldn't mind the ability to turn our avatars into a "page" of sorts where we could put songs/books/pics that we like....

but not necessarily our real identities.

we gotta maintain jobs, ya know! laugh
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Originally posted by MBM:
Are you involved in any of the various social networking sites out there - Facebook, Myspace, etc.? If so, do you use your real identity and photos of yourself there or a pseudonym (like "MBM") ?

Question: How do you think the experience and over-all interaction would change here (at AA.org) if, over time, we evolved to encourage people to use their real identities/photos like in social networking sites? Would that be a positive thing - making for a better community or not?

Any community is obviously only as strong as its members. When I started this site there weren't a lot of examples of people using their real identities online. Now, of course, there are plenty. Would evolving to have members sharing their real identities be a positive thing or not? What do you think?

I appreciate your feedback. tfro


I'm on Myspace and I don't have my pic or my name on my profile. I've got all my pics & info locked up so only my friends can see it, and I very rarely ever have my personal pic up there. My 17 YO does have his pic on his page, but not his real name.
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Originally posted by MBM:
Are you involved in any of the various social networking sites out there - Facebook, Myspace, etc.? If so, do you use your real identity and photos of yourself there or a pseudonym (like "MBM") ?


Yes, although it is extremely harder to interact on my sites given how busy I am offline. I do use my real identity (nick name) and photos of myself, HowEver, I've learned to allow only friends and family to have access to the more personal things.

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Originally posted by MBM:
Question: How do you think the experience and over-all interaction would change here (at AA.org) if, over time, we evolved to encourage people to use their real identities/photos like in social networking sites? Would that be a positive thing - making for a better community or not?.....Would evolving to have members sharing their real identities be a positive thing or not? What do you think?


You know, when I see the pictures of others AND see what they write in the forum, it gives me a better "sense" of knowing who they are. In addition, it can aid to foster more unity and positive interaction among the members.

But like anything, whether or not you decide to go this route really depends upon the maturity of your audience. I've found that some people can't deal responsibly with other people's information, as I've had to put out several fires because of some people's "curiosity."

The positives far outweigh the negatives though, given the good people you get to meet and the opportunities that come your way.

"WIAW!"

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