Uh, despite what I said earlier, I AM going to have to disagree with a few people here about something - social media IS important for spreading the word and getting the word out there.
Do you think the brat taste-off interested people because they happened to stumble upon that particular thread, or on a Google search?
The answer is NO. The interest came because several of us posted about it on Twitter and Facebook, using that thread as a link to what we were talking about. I, myself, directly messaged a Journal employee with the information and thread links. Unfortunately, it was too late, otherwise we'd have had a news crew there, too. Due to Twitter, not Google. Not Roadfood.com
The Milwaukee ethnic grocery Meet & Eat was followed along vicariously by people on Twitter and Facebook, as was the WTMJ4 day. WTMJ4 did a story on us AND posted the story and video on their website, which led still more people here, and I recently wrote up a review of McBob's for Examiner.com, using links to here and to WTMJ4, which has generated even more interest. Not Google. Not just stumbling upon Roadfood.com
I am going to go out on a limb and say that WTMJ4 "discovered" Roadfood.com in part by the postings we've done on Twitter. We can ask Maureen, but I'm pretty sure I know the answer already, since I follow a majority of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and WTMJ4 employees, and they follow me back on Twitter.
Furthermore, interest in Roadfood's New Orleans Festival has increased because of the Facebook fan pages (not because of the practically-dead thread here), as well as me and others posting about it on Facebook and Twitter. Even Michael Stern is on Twitter now. In fact, the Facebook Festival page is FAR more active than the thread here on Roadfood.
The ones saying "we only need this site" and are writing off social media are sadly underinformed. Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Brightkite, Foursquare and many other sites are ways of helping, not hurting, this site, The Contigent
, and Roadfood.com's presence, both online and in the meat world. Mich
- I've changed my mind. I'll join a FB group (not a Yahoo group, tho - gotta draw the line somewhere!). It doesn't mean that I'll stop coming here, but it'll be nice to have yet another way to reach everyone. Since I'm already on Facebook, it won't be another new site for me to visit - I'll just sign up for it and wait for the notification emails to roll in. There is no reason we can't cross-post or cross-communicate. I thought one of our unofficial mottoes was "The more the merrier". In using social media, we'll have much more.
And to Buddy and Jim, your family members both use Facebook - you, specifically, won't have to join any group or sign up for FB - I'm sure they'll join the group themselves and keep you informed, in addition to whatever's posted here on Roadfood.
My objection was to just one more site I'd have to visit. The other objections I'm reading seem to be just uninformed, centrist, anti-social networking phobia, with no grounds for the fear.
If someone wants to join the FB group, that's great. If they want to stay only on Roadfood.com, that's fine, too. If they join both, that's ideal. The people who are members of both will cross post, as a way to inform everyone. FB automatically notifies you of new activity on the page, plus has everyone's e-mail address, whereas with Roadfood, you actually have to subscribe or post in each individual thread to get notifications. If you miss thread, you missed the information. A lot of people don't post here on Roadfood hourly, daily or even weekly (I know that's hard to believe for the RF site addicts). That's a lot of threads to be overlooked for the occasional poster or lurker. FB also does not limit how many emails can be sent, and to how many members.