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  • ChrisCobler 

    Eunice Collins submitted these images of the Victoria Art League's social painting class, which is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is invited to attend; all talent levels welcome. All you bring is yourself and your choice of beverage -- everything else is provided. To make reservations, call 782-8339 or 576-4043.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    Eunice Collins submitted these images of the Victoria Art League's social painting class, which is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is invited to attend; all talent levels welcome. All you bring is yourself and your choice of beverage -- everything else is provided. To make reservations, call 782-8339 or 576-4043.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    All you have to do is not post, Pat.

    For those wanting to know more about our upcoming changes, here is a link to my blog: http://victoriaadvocate.com/weblogs/y...

    We encourage everyone to wait to see how the change feels to them after it actually starts. Meanwhile, we hope those who want to continue having their blogs featured will contact interactivity editor Jessica Puente at jpuente@vicad.com. Thank you.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    Gary,

    I think you just proved Godwin's law.

    In my opinion, social media is what you make of it. You may connect with as few or as many people as you like. Facebook is just one tool for doing that. Because it will be connected to our site and our local stories, the hometown feel will still be there.

    For this on a much grander scale, you should see www.usatoday.com.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    All,

    You've been busy while I've been away. Hope you had a great Father's Day. My kids made me a special photo album that brought tears to my eyes.

    Back to the subject at hand: I appreciate Oxymoron's reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide. I hope the guide to the Advocate's new blogging and Facebook commenting system will be self-evident after the change. We've done our best to explain what's coming, but seeing is believing -- and understanding.

    For now, don't panic. You don't have to do anything differently. If you blog and want to still be featured on our home page, contact jpuente@vicad.com. If you blog and don't want to be featured, your posts will still appear on the site, but be a click away from the home page.

    If you want to comment on articles and you already have a Facebook page, you're set. If you want to comment without a Facebook account, the process will work the same, but you will have to click to a page off the article. Only Facebook comments will be featured below the article.

    That's all I've got for now. Perhaps we can call on Ford Prefect for a better tour. I promise we are not the Vogons.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    Mike,

    We value the posts by you and other longtime bloggers. Your blog and all others will remain on our site after the change. If you want it to be featured on our home page, we just need you to email Jessica at jpuente@vicad.com.

    Let her know your full name and contact information. If you want your real name used on your user ID, she can do that for you. If you don't, let us know that, too. We'll give special consideration to longtime bloggers with a proven track record like yours.

    I urge you, though, to consider using your real name. I have done that, of course, and find most Crossroads residents to be quite friendly and respectful in person and on the phone. I almost never get calls at home and, when I have, the callers have wanted to report a late newspaper delivery or unwanted solicitation call -- never because they have been unhappy about what I have written.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    I should make clear that we will still allow for unverified comments and blogs on our site. We just will no longer promote those. Instead, we will promote people who choose to use their real identities via Facebook for comments and via the process we're establishing for bloggers.

    Good correction on the 'snarky" description, Hook 'Em. In trying to be to generous, I mischaracterized some of the worst comments of the existing system.

    Happy Father's Day, everyone. I'll be busy with the kids most of the day, so I probably won't be able to respond again until Monday.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    We have considered this change for almost a year and decided we had the time now to fit the technical conversion into our production schedule.

    For those not regularly on Facebook, we trust this will make more sense after the change occurs. This is designed to include more people, not to ban anyone.

    Our Advocate Facebook page has 4,386 likes, offering us a reach of 771,585 people, according to the social media site's analytics. Most of our staff have their own Facebook accounts, too. In the past week, we had 686 people talking about Advocate stories on Facebook.

    The Advocate's sites already attract about 2.5 million page views annually. This is designed to bolster that and make it easier than ever to comment.

    This should eliminate many of the log-in problems our users have experienced and solve most of our problems with spammers. Lots of wins all around. You're still free to read the stories, even if you don't have a Facebook account. You also don't need to ever visit the Advocate's Facebook page.

    You may see an example of this at www.AdvoSports.com.

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  • ChrisCobler 

    It will be an interesting experiment. As Google notes, everything digital is in beta. We're optimistic about this change because of how robust the conversation already is on the Advocate's Facebook page. At almost 1 billion users, Facebook is much more than a fad.

    Of course, who knows what will happen five years from now in the digital world? We didn't take this step five years ago because Facebook was not so widespread then.

    As for fake Facebook accounts, those are pretty easy to spot, and we will be removing those comments. People will try to game any system, but we think this will improve our commenting.

    We don't have an exact date yet for when the change takes effect, but we wanted to give everyone plenty of warning. Look for the switch in early July.

    If you don't want to use Facebook, your comments will no longer appear on the article pages. In that sense, this is mandatory.

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