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BGG ... My Social Media Gateway Drug

Oliver Kiley
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So this is a bit of a departure from my usual material. However, I have a confession to make. I made a Twitter account. Tweet Tweet.

This is significant because it wasn’t something I ever considered doing, and in fact prided myself on not doing for no particular reason. It is only though the powers of BGG that I came to the realization that having such an account might be of mutual benefit.

Despite growing up with computers, designing webpages back in the wild-west of the internet’s early days, and being an avid forum user – I never really embraced the social media revolution. I have a facebook account – but mostly to post family pictures. My general activity level there is miserably low.

But I realized a little bit ago that BGG has become for me what facebook is for many others. At BGG I’ve met new people, made friends, shared thoughts and experiences, and leaned new things. And that isn’t much different at all from Facebook.

Certainly, BGG has a focus around Boardgames that intensifies coverage on the topic – and the overall experience of BGG’s interface and structure is a bit more old-school than the current social media mechanics. But the content and features are much the same. I have GeekBuddies. I have favorite Geeklists and Subscriptions. I have GeekMail. I have a Geek’d out profile. What more does a Geek need?

As I’ve come to rely on and use BGG more and more, I acknowledge that it provides only one of many channels for gathering and following information in the boardgame-o-sphere. Diversifying a bit can provide a broader spectrum of opportunity, hence the desire to finally look into the Twitter phenomenon. And, I won’t lie, I have a boardgame looming on the horizon that I feel merits spreading the word about.

In related news, I’ve done some slight tweaking and revamping to the Synergy Studios website (my internet home for game design/development). One function of the website will be to provide a mirror for this blog – although BGG will remain the primary hosting place for the blog and subsequent discussion.

So that’s my story. How about you? Does BGG fill the role as a social media outlet? Or have you found other services useful? And of course, follow me @Oliverkiley for all the updates and happenings you can stand.

That’s all folks!
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