Sue Kerr

Creating Community: Western PA LGBTQA Social Media Advocates

Filed By Sue Kerr | May 30, 2012 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media
Tags: Facebook, social media, Twitter, Western Pennsylvania

Examples of Social Media Source: kozinets.netI recently blogged about an initiative to build a network among LGBTQA Social Media users in Western PA with a shared goal of promoting equality.

The response has been quiet but reflects interest in building a network. So we've taken the first step by creating a Google Group (with a very long name) Western PA LGBTQA Social Media Advocates Discussion Group

Organizing is tough. I think this is a critical resource for our community, but I admit that my ability to work on it is limited. The eternal vicious circle that consumes so much of our efforts - finding balance.

There's so much untapped potential - when I post links, articles, etc. on my Facebook page, it is "shared" by a lot of friends. But they don't consider themselves advocates. Rather than try to transform their self-perception, I simply need to post good information on Facebook and trust them to pass it along.

My tweets aren't having that same impact, but when I go silent for awhile (I used Buffer App to schedule) I hear from people concerned about my whereabouts and telling me I'm their source for LGBTQ information. I've tried to create lists and so forth to empower them to view original sources, but that doesn't seem to appeal.

So here's hoping an email list is a good start to building a sense of community among social media users (advocates!)

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