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Rossica's Samovar (http://www.rossica.org/Samovar) --- 2 (40%)
Rossica's Facebook Page --- 3 (60%)

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[*] posted on 4/20/2020 at 21:05
Rossica Samovar or Rossica on Facebook


Serious question. The Samovar was the predominate online discussion forum in the past on Russian philately. Do you prefer to use Rossica's Samovar or the Rossica Society page on Facebook to share information and ask philatelic questions?
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[*] posted on 4/21/2020 at 05:06


Facebook definitely a better media than the Rossica forum.

The former can reach a much broader audience through larger visibility and easy "share" and "like" options, whereas the latter remains a purely specialist tool for the current members.

The former opens a brand new world, that has the potential to bring people in. And by reaching a broader audience, we can increase awareness.

Facebook followers can have the freedom to join the Facebook group without having the psychological pressure (perceived) and the financial element (real) to join the Rossica Society. But once they are "hooked" the (emotional) bond is established. After a while, a number of new followers might decide to join as real members.

Furthermore, there is a lot of the Millenium generation out there. Some are catching philately as an attractive hobby, fitting this generation mindset (e.g social philately).

It reminds me of a couple of philatelic societies that were on the decline, and exploded their membership by taking some of those simple steps; like going to social modern media. An example is the Rhodesian Study Circle that went from almost closing to a membership of 400+

http://www.rhodesianstudycircle.org.uk/

Here is a very interesting chat from the American Philatelic Society (APS). Two of the participants are James Gavin from the forementionned Rhodesian club, and Graham Beck (a very talented Youtuber with his channel "Exploring Stamps").

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj2wM1YPxDI

The Rossica forum has some great information - yes - but presents an "has been" touch that is detrimential to the growth of the society. Not to mention that it is not lively at all.







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[*] posted on 4/21/2020 at 05:10


I forgot something.

Just my opinion but ...

Please would it not be much better to make ENGLISH language as MANDATORY on the Facebook group?

Posters can always place a Russian translation if they want. But everyone should make an effort to publish in correct english. It is the major language on Facebook, AND the standard language of the Rossica Society.
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[*] posted on 4/21/2020 at 10:37


I would go with Facebook for the reasons about broader audience.



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[*] posted on 4/23/2020 at 19:09


Facebook. I'm on it every day anyway and it lets me know if there is anything new on the Rossica page. Facebook is easier to use and does not have posting restrictions on image size. But the most important thing is that there are more Rossica members and other interested collectors who see it. So far, responses are same-day, plus the identities of the participants are known and that's a very important feature because it makes a difference when I know who is asking a question and giving an answer. Plus knowing who is in the circle of Rossica Facebook friends creates a genuine community that stays in contact. Additionally, Facebook may be the only way for us to expand our membership and attract younger members. It's system of "friends" creates networks and if a collector does not know about Rossica, but is friends with other collectors, eventually that whole group will find out about Rossica on FB and with time some of those individuals may join the Society. For example I'm getting quite a few friendship request from other collectors probably because they see my name in the Rossica FB list, or in the "friends" lists of other philatelists. It's really a great way to connect. Distance or location makes no difference whatsoever.
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[*] posted on 4/23/2020 at 20:39


I would definitely prefer Facebook.
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[*] posted on 5/3/2020 at 15:07
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I read with interest how we propose to use Facebook to reach a broad audience and appeal to more collectors.

I would say the first step is to be more proactive to questions such as those on this website. On January 5 a question was asked on types of color gauges. A good question for someone seeking mentoring and knowledge. NOT A SINGLE REPLY!!!! DUH!!!! Does that individual have a positive opinion of our society? I suspect not so . Will he (she) again communicate? Likely never again. A lost opportunity..

We need to respond to such questions and at least appear to be a friendly and welcoming group.

If this attitude persists Facebook will make NO difference on membership and how we are perceived as a society.

It is not the platform but the people who make a difference.
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[*] posted on 5/10/2020 at 10:14


I do not use Facebook.
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[*] posted on 5/16/2020 at 15:32
Facebook and Rhodesian Study Circle


I do not use Facebook because I do not believe it protects my data or my privacy.
Regarding the Rhodesian Study Circle, of which I am also a member and have been for several years, I was not aware that it almost closed. On the contrary. I found this to be one of the more dynamic and inviting societies to which I belong. It brings together the Rhodesian diaspora from around the globe as well as members in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa. They have an excellent journal and quality publications, all without using social media. Some younger members are exploring use of new media, and RSC folks in several countries have held meetings during the lockdown via Zoom, but that is far from the whole story.
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[*] posted on 5/17/2020 at 14:52


Quote: Originally posted by steinbeckfan  

Regarding the Rhodesian Study Circle, of which I am also a member and have been for several years, I was not aware that it almost closed. On the contrary. I found this to be one of the more dynamic and inviting societies to which I belong.

I confused the Korea Stamp Society (of which I am also a member of) with the Rhodesian Study Circle.

The KSS was close to shut down, but some good samaritan there took up the challenge and implemented some of the web strategies used by the Rhodesian Study Circle. Their website is attractive and lively: koreastampsociety.org


Regarding the Rhodesian Study Circle, it greatly increased its web traffic AND tripled its membership for two years in a row (there was a nice discussion about that on stampsboard.com).



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