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    Facebook Integration

    As many of you are probably aware, there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes to keep WAB running than what you see. Aside from the Moderators who are all giving of their time to keep WAB spam-free, bot-free and civil, we are also always trying to optimize the WAB experience. Past improvements in that field include the banner you see at the top left of the screen as well as a dedicated Google search bar solely for WAB.

    Another area we're beginning to work on is social media integration, namely Facebook and Twitter. We have enabled the "Facebook Connect" option available on the top of screen, towards the center from the right side. This allows users to connect to WAB using their Facebook accounts as well as link their Facebook accounts to their WAB accounts. If we can, we're also going to see if we have the option to enable registration and commenting using Facebook profiles. This will allow guests and new users easier access to WAB, and we hope will increase both membership numbers as well as posts and threads, as well as the range of topics being discussed and debated.

    We have opened a Facebook page available here, and will also be opening a Twitter account shortly, as soon as we can come up with a decent name (WorldAffairsBoard is two characters too long).

    So what now? We are currently planning a couple other things which we hope to bring to fruition in the near future, but without getting a final idea of what it is we want and how exactly we're gonna go about reaching those goals, what exact steps we're gonna take (if we even have the technical ability), we can't get into too many specifics as of yet. However, we can say that we're hoping to see some pretty substantial changes in the future that will go a long way in truly making WAB the #1 geopolitical forum available on the internet, with the Google PageRank to prove it.

    If you want to help, we're looking for people that are social-media savvy and are willing to give of their time to assume a staff position taking care of our Facebook page and Twitter account. If you're interested, feel free to drop a PM either to myself, Astralis or any of the Moderators.

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    So far two names have been suggested for the Twitter account:

    1) VoiceOfWAB
    2) VoiceOfTheWAB

    Anybody else have any suggestions they'd like to make?
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    Quote Originally Posted by USSWisconsin View Post
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    How about WABtwits? Just kidding.
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    WABtweets?

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    I have an idea: we could gather suggestions until US election day, and then have a poll for a week.
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    The twits of WAB

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    What's next? 140 character posts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by USSWisconsin View Post
    I have an idea: we could gather suggestions until US election day, and then have a poll for a week.
    I like this idea and decide to use it and proclaim it as my own by the power invested by me by myself and my ego.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    What's next? 140 character posts?
    Don't worry, if you don't like social media & social plattforms (a position I can heartly relate to), no user will in shape or form be required or even called upon to use them, nor will they affect the day to day business of WAB much. All we do is give you the option to use them, if you are inclined so. If not, just ignore this thread and keep on going as usual and nothing will change for you.

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    The main purpose of Twitter will be to direct attention back to WAB, mainly by tweeting about high-value or high-interest threads.

    Here's an example of a tweet one would send out. The link, a short teaser telling what the thread is about, and hashtags (#) which immediately make this tweet available to all those who are registered to follow or who are searching for that specific hashtag.

    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/mid...s-factory.html #Sudan claims #Israel bombed arms factory, Israel remains mum. What do you think happened? #Middle East #WAB #Discuss
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    That means a parallel discussion occurs in twitterspace.

    One here and another there.

    What do you do next ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Edge View Post
    That means a parallel discussion occurs in twitterspace. One here and another there. What do you do next ?
    Social media is a powerful tool. The lever here is the linkbacks... which hopefully will entice FaceBook & Twitter users to visit WAB and perhaps saddle up.

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    Like I said, the main purpose is to draw people over to WAB. Instead of having two debates, one here and one on Twitter, the Twitter account is used solely as an announcement tool. If someone tries to debate on Twitter, we just tell them to follow the link to WAB and respond there.
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