Chipping and social media, What's your thoughts?

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Dan Madrigrano
Forum Admin
Nov 4, 2022
Just trying to gage the audience. I believe that sites like FaceBook, Instagram, YouTube should be used to drive the audience to the SNCCC or CCA etc. where the conversation can be had in dedicated areas of specific areas serves the hobby much better. Facebook and Instagram gets you one long somewhat unsearchable thread with many topics in it, versus separated threads or for lack of a better term rooms, like on PokerChipper, PCF, ChipBoard etc. I also believe that giving your resources to a company that is ultimately in charge of your data defeats the creativity of the membership. There is a lot of distraction on Facebook etc. to draw the viewer from your topic. There is also no control over moderation, if Facebook doesn't like what's there they remove it. If you say something elsewhere on Facebook or Insta and catch a suspension you loose access to ALL. I've been wrong before and this is only my opinion but specifically in the case of the CCA and SNCCC and the other clubs your own platform or partnering with a platform that aligns with or gives you control of your page or area is more suited to the interest of the hobby and all in it.

If buying and selling chips is the only interest then all the other platforms are fine as that can be done ANYWHERE and should be left to eBay (if you like fees), FB Marketplace or individual sites of chip sellers or places like PCF where it seems that's the focus more so than hobby related discussions.
Seems to me that while Buying and Selling is an area that is important on any platform, the hobby and the history of the items we collect should be the main focus.
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  5. Dependence on Platform Viability: Social media platforms are subject to trends and shifting popularity, and what may be popular today could become obsolete tomorrow. Relying solely on a social media platform puts the hobby-related club at the mercy of the platform's longevity. If the platform loses its user base or shuts down, the club could lose all its content and connections.
  6. Branding and Identity: Hosting a hobby-related club on social media can diminish its sense of identity and branding. Clubs need a unique online presence to stand out and attract new members. A dedicated platform offers the freedom to create a distinct brand identity, making the club more memorable and recognizable.
In conclusion, while social media platforms have their advantages, hosting a hobby-related club exclusively on these platforms comes with inherent disadvantages. To ensure more control, privacy, and customization, owning a dedicated platform is a wise choice. While building and maintaining a standalone platform may require more effort and resources, the benefits of fostering a thriving community and a stronger sense of identity far outweigh the downsides of social media reliance.
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I just signed up for the many facebook sites for chips and silver strikes and I don't find the depth or the...professionalism I find here or at the chipboard. Lots of people selling singles from current casinos, mixed in with a few who I recognize who are selling things at the top end of the range. I wish everybody well, and I hope that the person selling a $1 chip from the Linq is successful, as is the person selling an LE from the hardrock, but they don't offer me anything (although the Phil Jensen story, which also made its way to the cb, is gold...but is also as rare as gold is.
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