The Facebook page for MathOverflow is currently pulled from the Wikipedia article. The Twitter account has no avatar and only 90 follows. The most active is the Google+ account, which posted about moderator elections 5 months ago.

It would be nice to see MO have more of a social media presence.

Would you be interested in converting the FB page into an official page, and having it be managed by the MO community? Being a social-media manager (or content curator) for MathOverflow could be an elected position, like being a moderator on the site.

This could also tie into the thread on how to emphasize MathOverflow's best content: post it on social media, and target influencers to share it (e.g., Terry Tao).

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    $\begingroup$ What are the advantages of MO having more of a social media presence? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 5:01
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    $\begingroup$ It seems like a bit of a waste of time, and likely to attract the wrong kind of users. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 5:20
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    $\begingroup$ It seems that a social-media tag would suffice. No need for the specific tags. (In fact, I'm not sure that the social media tag is needed either.) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 5:24
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    $\begingroup$ I will add my voice to Asaf Karagila's suggestion of removing the tags 'facebook', 'twitter', and 'google+'. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 7:18
  • $\begingroup$ somewhat related tea.mathoverflow.net/discussion/1599/… $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 7:23
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    $\begingroup$ Personally I am not (yet) convinced of the idea, but to discuss it seems interesting so I upvoted. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 7:24
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila Perhaps the already existing (site-promotion) tag would be better here? (Instead of facebook, twitter, google+.) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 8:46
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    $\begingroup$ This older discussion seems related (to some extent): meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/1253/… $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin: Spot on, methinks. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 8:54
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    $\begingroup$ I find this one an entirely reasonable question; are the downvotes being used to mean "I disagree", rather than "it's a bad question"? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 10:58

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As a comparison, see the Facebook page for the American Mathematical Monthly.

When it was decreed from on high that there should be such a page, most of the old fogeys (who make things run at the MAA) were opposed. But you can see how it looks today after running for a year or so. Of course, they have far more people and budget for such things than MO does.

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    $\begingroup$ The first thing I see when I click on the link you provide is a request to register at Facebook, like always with Facebook links. I don't like this -- in my opinion, reading a webpage should be possible without getting requests to register, to subscribe or to buy something. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 18:09
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    $\begingroup$ A better example or model might be the AMS page on Google+, which currently has over 136,000 followers: plus.google.com/u/0/+AmsOrg $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 2:28
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    $\begingroup$ @Stefan: So, are you saying: because of the registration request, we should just leave the page as the boilerplate, and not do anything with it? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 15:06
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    $\begingroup$ @StefanKohl Facebook page would be for Facebook users. Not everyone is or wants to be on Facebook. But I don't see how it implies that there should be not MO community on FB. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 16:41

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