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I work for a volunteer project and help them run their fan page. There is advice that if your project doesn't have any updates, post something interesting so that the fans won't forget you. However, I am skeptical about that.

Should I post interesting but irrelevant posts on the fan page in order to get interactions?

I have some observations but I can't really draw any conclusions. As you can see in the image, in one month, there are 14 posts. 5 of 14 are relevant, 2 of them don't get much interaction. 9 of 14 are irrelevant, 2 of them escalated to near the roof, the rest have low activity. Overall, should I conclude that the irrelevant posts are spam or not?

Is it true that keeping interactions, whether you don't have any update, is vital for a fan page? What if you just don't have any update for a month?

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Kind of project: it is a non-profit project aiming to collect STEAM college books for universities and all kinds of K-12 books for free libraries in my country (Vietnam).

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    That might depend on what kind of project it is, because “fans” of different things have different expectations. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jun 5 '15 at 21:50
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    added. I don't put it there at the first time because I'm afraid that this will make the question too local – Ooker Jun 6 '15 at 1:24
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Well the answer is "it depends". There are a number of things to consider:

  • If the page is high traffic then it might not matter that irrelevant posts are made. They'll be outnumbered by the on topic posts so people won't necessarily spot them. They'll be there for people to seek out, but they won't be "in your face".

  • If the page is low traffic then while they might keep people coming back to the page, there's a real danger that they'll overwhelm the real posts and people will miss those.

  • If the community is serious (by that I mean intent of discussing the topic in hand) then the irrelevant posts will be seen as a distraction and won't be welcomed.

  • However, if the community is more frivolous then they might well welcome them as long as they are somewhat related to the fan page's subject.

  • If serious, on-topic posts can be pinned or otherwise highlighted then the frivolous stuff might be OK as it won't crowd out the things people are there to discuss.

  • If there's a way for people to hide or ignore threads then this might be a way to allow the frivolous to be an opt-outed of. For example, if you can tag posts and people can ignore specific tags then this would give you the best of both worlds.

You need to take all these things into consideration and, most importantly, have a discussion within your community to see if you should allow the irrelevant stuff or not. You also might need to periodically revisit the discussion if circumstances change - for example if the irrelevant stuff seems like it might be taking over and actually driving people away.

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    Best advice in here "have a discussion within your community". Why do you want to have that forum and why do they visit it? – user732 Jun 9 '15 at 11:39
  • how should we open a discussion for that? We mostly post update in Facebook and it is just weird to post a post like "Do you think we post irrelevant stuff so much?" – Ooker Jun 9 '15 at 12:38
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    @Ooker - well that depends on your platform. I guess in most places you're just going to have to post on the main page itself and hope for the best ;) – ChrisF Jun 9 '15 at 12:41
  • I think the best way is making a feedback survey, and ask them what post do they like to see – Ooker Jun 9 '15 at 12:50
  • would you say my community is serious or not? – Ooker Jul 17 '15 at 17:41

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