This was discussed briefly in another thread a few weeks ago. Now that most of us celebrated the 20 week milestone, I thought it would be nice to start discussing some type of platform migration in one centralized thread. My hope is that some kind of closed group will boost engagement, discussion, and support, as we move into our late second and third trimesters and prepare for the arrivals of our August 2021 babies!
Re: Private Group/FB Migration
My Aug 14 group moved to fb around Memorial Day weekend and we are still 90+ strong but not everyone posts often.
I agree, it feels a little early to move entirely off TB. My F'17 BMB moved to a private group on TB first and then in the third tri we moved to FB. But we definitely were posting birth announcements on TB and had labour buddies who posted on TB when we went into labour; so we stuck it out here for a lot longer. That being said, I totally get wanting to get a bit more privacy. Something about TB being generally less active, I do feel a bit more exposed than when there were 100s of people posting all day, every day.
There are 2-3 (out of 40ish) girls in F19 who created a FB account just for the group - we know their real names and have seen pictures so we know they aren't catfish (although there was a BANANAS catfish incident when we were still on the big BMB, but that is a story for another day), they just aren't connected to anyone other than group members on FB.
I was in BMBs for both my Sept 14 and Sept 17 babies, but neither group moved over, so this is new to me! I will say that my Sept 17 board got super quiet after the babies were born, and I was missing that support which could have possibly been offered on a different platform.
For those that don't like FB, we have members (in my Jan18 group) who downloaded FB JUST for the private BMB group. They have a private profile with no identifying information on it and only use it for our group. Maybe that's an option? I just would hate to lose the few members who don't use FB!
I've never used any other platforms really so one of these two would be my preference.
I definitely don't engage as much with it being a public forum.
Edit for clarity: one of us would have to create the group and then could add additional moderators.