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Posted:  16 Feb 2012 18:42  
Has anyone thought of creating a FB page for this site? I think it would be a good idea. What do you guys think?
Posted:  17 Feb 2012 02:10  
I despise Facebook for business uses.  You're forced to choose between a blatantly commercial hawking approach and a time-wasting "pro bono" free-info site for the general public.  I know I'm probably going to be called "dinosaur" or some such, but if you did have a Facebook page for this site, you'd get a zillion houseplant-lovers wanting to sign up, and that's not what this site was created for (unless the owners have changed their thinking).

Clem
Posted:  17 Feb 2012 16:48  
My thought on Facebook is that it's nothing more than a place for people to gossip and be nosey about other people's affairs.  Hank Williams put it best: "if you mind your own business, then you won't be minding mine."

I agree with Clem.  The last thing we want is to have an influx of houseplant enthusiasts.  Read any article about houseplants on About.com and you'll see what you'll be attracting.

If it makes you feel better, Clem, I'm 27, so I don't think your views on Facebook are brought on by the dinosaur in you.
Posted:  17 Feb 2012 18:52   Last Edited By: italirican2003 
I, respectfully, understand both your points, but if you customized it a certain way you wouldn't have to worry about the million questions. Besides, aren't we about educating people on this site? This is a free info site. What's wrong with catering to a larger audience? And, if you don't want people to know something, then don't mention it.

It would be an easier way for other interiorscapers/future interiorscapers to find info on the topic. One of the first places I checked when trying to find interiorscaping organizations was FB. And, instead of doing a search on "houseplants" at About.com do one on "interiorscaping" and see what you get. It's a big difference.

Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA) and Green Plants for Green Buildings have their own pages.

Like Unknown said, "Any publicity is good publicity."

I can see both points, but joining a social media outlet, joining a larger audience, seems like a little bit better idea than staying in our small community. Most people don't even know what interiorscaping is when I tell them that's what I'm going to school for and it's a little disheartening.
Posted:  17 Feb 2012 20:15  
Part of the problem with this site is that you are permitted to be anonymous here.  That means you can say pretty much anything, including bashing other 'scapers and making rude comments about clients anonymously without fear of repercussions.

If non-interiorscapers were permitted on this forum, those of us who use our real names might as well put duct tape over our keyboards, because we wouldn't be able to speak freely anymore for fear that a client might be tuning in.

Some of you folks think it's no problem to post anonymously, but I disagree...if we don't know you and know your reputation in the industry, how can we judge the content of your posts?  And how can we take seriously anyone who won't put their name to their opinions?  So I'd feel that I would have to refrain from participating here if it were to become a free-for-all with no identity verification required.  After all, there is another forum that is strictly professional with respect to who is allowed to join and post and read certain threads, which is much more comfortable for people like me who like to speak our minds and own up to it.

Clem
Posted:  17 Feb 2012 22:23  
Amen, Clem.

Julie
Posted:  19 Feb 2012 18:18  
I think we could give it a try and use our good judgment and common sense before commenting.  If it's an anonymous person, perhaps we could encourage them privately to talk to us.  The more chances of us getting our industry to some degree of back on track is good with me. Try it - we might just "like" it.
Posted:  19 Feb 2012 19:11  
carol you should check out the other forum that clem mentioned
Posted:  20 Feb 2012 01:37  
Exactly, Carol! What's the harm in trying it? If it doesn't work out, we could just delete the page.
Posted:  20 Feb 2012 16:02  
The purpose of this site is to create an environment in which industry professionals can share their knowledge, ask questions of one another and discuss the issues of the day that affect them and their businesses.  Look down at the bottom of this page...what does it say?

"Welcome to our Interiorscape forum for Interiorscapers, Vendors, Suppliers, Florists, Interior Designers, Special Event Planners, Educators and Students!"

It doesn't mention anything about answering questions from people who bought ratty plants at Home Depot and want some free advice on how to rescue them (we could cover that with one reply: take them back for a refund!), or spammers trying to get a free plug in for their merchandise or website, or creating a houseplant hobbyist coffee klatch online.  The owners of the site are major suppliers to the trade and have spent a considerable sum of their own money acquiring the rights to the site and getting it back up and running after Interiorscape Magazine folded.  I know we're a small corner of the industry, but NewPro does a very significant business serving the trade, and that's why this site exists. 

In fact, if you click on the link to the NewPro website and scroll down the homepage to "Blog", you'll find the current and archived articles of their site that include lots of info and links to other info about plant care, containers, and other interior plant-related topics that are accessible to anyone who cares to search.  And there are plenty of other websites where people can ask houseplant questions and get answers from some very capable folks in the industry.  Why clutter this site with that?

Clem
Posted:  22 Feb 2012 16:24   Last Edited By: GuyRichardson 
This past November, I attended the HortEast 2011 event in Moncton, NB. One of the sessions I attended were geared specifically for the purpose of identifying the uses (etc) for social media. It was excellent and the speaker showed us excellent examples of good and bad usages and creation of the FB Business pages. These 'pages' can be customized to fit your needs. I seen some real nice ones that are in essence - web pages themselves, but they have that added kick - the power - of the social aspects it provides. The exposure just snowballs ... when done correctly. If you don't know how to program the code for it, there are webdev houses that do it and the price is not nearly as much as you would think. This is a great free name placement for your business and in this case free is not only good, but has a actual value to it that marketing data easily supports...

Just some thoughts of mine.
Posted:  03 Oct 2012 02:12  
I still think we should have a "Interiorscape Technicians" Facebook page. I have a friend who's a veterinary technician and she's a member of the Vet Tech Connections FB page. She's says it's very helpful for getting advice on certain things and helping other people out. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out; https://www.facebook.com/VetTechConnections Please, reconsider creating our own page.
Posted:  03 Oct 2012 02:19  
Why don't you go ahead and start it up?  I'd be interested in that, absolutely.

Clem
Posted:  11 Oct 2012 17:50  
I will try. I'm in school full-time with two part-time jobs while also managing two other FB pages... If anyone was interested in helping me get it started that would be very appreciated. Also, I wanted it linked to this site. I assume I need some sort of permission to do so??
Posted:  11 Oct 2012 18:15  
I created the page. Here's a link: https://www.facebook.com/PlantscapeProfession ...

It's pretty bare right now. Any input/advice would be greatly appreciated. And, if anyone would like to help admin the page, let me know. Also, I included the web address of this site in the page. If this is not allowed or not wanted, let me know and I will remove it. Remember though, it's a page for all plantscapers to come together and help each other out.
Posted:  12 Oct 2012 15:14  
I'm sure linking to this site from your new FB page won't be a problem.  Contact the admin of this site as a courtesy.

Clem
Posted:  08 Nov 2012 20:10  
Hi everyone. I am the Marketing Director for NewPro Containers (the sponsor of interiorscape.com). Italirican2003 and I have been working to develop a Facebook community for the folks of this forum. You can use this Facebook group to share articles, photos, and tips with other plantscaping professionals. We have heard your concerns and want to stress that this "community" will be strictly for industry professionals, as is this site. Once you request to join the group, an admin will need to approve your request. The community content will be view-able only to group members. We look forward to seeing you there!

http://www.facebook.com/groups/interiorscape/
Posted:  17 Nov 2012 04:15  
Glad to see people moving on the FB Page thing.  There might be a problem in navigating the new site, though.  I'm not very tech-sophisticated, so I'm probably doing something wrong, but...I clicked the link listed above, went to the site, clicked "join Group", and nothing else came up, except the "join group" changed to "cancel request"
Posted:  19 Nov 2012 15:49  
@theficuswrangler - you will have to be approved by a page admin before you will be granted access to the group. (Which is most likely why you only saw a "cancel request" icon). We have set it up this way in an effort to keep the page exclusive to industry professionals. That being said, it would be extremely helpful if those that are interested in joining mention something about their line of business in their Facebook profile. (It will help us qualify members). If you still haven't been accepted, please direct message me. I am happy to help.

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