As I've mentioned before, we're getting closer to making a major move.
We're scouting for the right parcel of land on a mountainside to build a new home and we're in major information gathering mode.
Among our sources of insight? Facebook communities dedicated to our new location.
The first group I found was very useful. Good insight into local living conditions, and has been particularly useful during this latest snowstorm to know which streets are the hardest to navigate, less likely to get plowed quickly, etc. We'll go in eyes wide open knowing our risk of getting snowed in for a few days is a real possibility.
There are also recommendations about good contractors, restaurants and other useful information that we know about where we live now, but would know zip about in our new area.
The overall impression of the community: very friendly, very helpful and a great place to call our new home.
The second group? The group is composed of the same area residents, but the tone was completely different and too much of what I've become used to seeing on Facebook. Divided. Political fighting. Ridicule. Just an overall negative place to be and not nearly enough useful information for me to want to wade through the mess. I unjoined within a matter of moments. If I want to brawl, there are more than enough other places offering the same service.
What's my takeaway?
Foster cooperation, it grows.
Allow misbehavior, and that grows too.
It's one of the things I've always liked about ActiveRain. For the most part, the culture here keeps behavior reasonable. Even without much (or any) obvious management presense, there's a sustained expectation of how we behave and interact with each other. Someone steps over the boundary, someone will nudge them back in the right direction. And if someone insists on staying on the other side of the boundary, they're probably going to lose the social aspect of this social community.
For me, any group that behaves as the 2nd one did is not where I'll invest my time. I don't need social vampires sucking the joy out of my life.
We can present the same information with a range of tones. Negative or positive. Our blogs, our comments, our actions here and elsewhere reflect on who we are and what & who we attract.
It's your choice which tone to broadcast.
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,
Bill & Liz aka BLiz