I'm interested in the flocking of everyone to Facebook and would like to know more on what they do well. If they don't have forums, how can you connect with others with like interests, from your profile?
I don't use Facebook but my outside view is it has identity of users and that is a plus for them. Where the web is wild and the spammers are trying to push their pills anonomously, on Facebook, you can't spam because people know who you are and can control access. Maybe that's a conundrum that on the www no-one knows who I am but on Facebook I'm in my neighborhood with friends and I like it that way? The solution for part this has always existed on the web but for some reason no-one uses digital keys to sign messages. Probably because they don't know about it and makes no money for Norton etc. Yet, the keys could come with your new computer setup for you and ready to go as part of the purchase, since you paid for the machine with money and most likely a credit card, the identity is established. But we don't do that. Instead we spend $50/year for anti-spam services.
Anyway, I'm guessing on Facebook you have a group of friends and you share cooking ideas with them somehow. If someone starts talking about politics, you personally ban them by unfriending them? I guess the control is more granular then a moderator banning a rogue person that is offense to most (but maybe not all -- I get it that some people might like things others don't) and it might exist in this version of vbulletin or there is an addon for it.
What I was trying to say in my previous post was that as companies like Facebook get large some things get attention and others don't. There are limited resources, even if you have 5,000 programmers, things are prioritized. What ends up happening is something like, you get people that can answer the phone but not provide an answer and either put you in a 2 hour queue or tell you someone that knows the answer may call you back within 30 days, while you are sleeping or mowing your lawn.
Facebook is not topic-driven or subject-matter-driven, rather it is individual-driven.
Each member has a profile page w/ as much personal info as they want to post, shown. From age and hometown and marrital status, to fav tv shows and fav songs/books.
You can post personal video/movie clips. Or You Tube links to your favortie music or movie scenes.
Folks post a main profile photo. Plus they can download dozens or hundreds of photos into various albums that others can access.
Individuals can be as simple and small- like a scant post-card... or as big/lengthy and detailed as a huge novel.
People search for others by name and make contacts that way. If you went to school w/ me 40 years ago and have fond memories and wish to "look me up" you simply do so- then you have the option of sending me a note and "friending me" in one of several ways, waiting for me to respond- and then you've re-kindled a stagnant friendship that once blossomed.
Once you build a "friend-base" you can customize your settings to be alerted via e-mail or text whenever any of your friends have a birthday, place a post, download a video, etc.
There are also group Games- that I know little about. And fan-clubs. You can chat. Play cards. Listen to music together as though you're in the s ame room. All kinds of stuff.
For the record- I was "co-erced" into starting a page by my young niece & nephew. It's how I stay connected to them and their constant goings-ons. Other than that- it's simply not for me.
You can put SP on facebook - and then you can post recipes (links to the recipes on site) and those that are interested in recipes will click and see, possibly join - and you could get more interaction.