I'm not much of a personal Facebook user. But I AM digging the conversational capabilities of the Parent Hacks Facebook page, especially now that Facebook has updated its functionality.
With PH, it's always been about hacks as jumping-off points for conversation. I've hemmed and hawed for years about adding forums to Parent Hacks so there was a place for you to initiate conversations, but I held off because nothing felt quite right. Many of you have said what you like about Parent Hacks (as opposed to other parenting forums) is the editorial quality control and unified voice.
But social media and the nature of online conversation has changed dramatically since PH's early years. Many people say they love PH because folks here "get it" in a way that mom's group and school drop-off parents don't. PH is a gender-neutral place for moms and dads to talk about parenting. All of that remains true (I'm proud to say) AND Facebook and Twitter let us extend these conversations to a larger group of friends. It used to be that blog comments and the conversations you had with your in-the-flesh parenting friends were separate. Now with so many folks on Facebook and Twitter, that doesn't have to be the case.
It seems to me that the Parent Hacks Facebook page offers the ideal balance of "post-it-yourself forum" with "let's talk more about that hack." I find myself hopping between the comments, Twitter and Facebook saying "Hey! So-and-so on Twitter/FB/PH said this — what do you think?" There's something wonderful about doing that myself, as opposed to letting a bot do the aggregating for me, because that's always been my favorite thing about PH…being part of this amazing conversation.
SO. I'm spending some research time on Facebook looking for pages that feel vital and dynamic…not just glorified RSS feeds. I'd love to hear what your favorite Facebook pages are and why. If you're not much into Facebook, feel free to share whatever opinions you have about what I've written here. My ultimate goal is to enrich the conversation, however and wherever that may happen.
Thank you so much. It's a wonderful thing that, even after five years, I learn stuff from you every day.