(1) Removing dead link
. I would recommend updating the CODOH and CODOH-Forum's main page social media links to reflect this twitter banning. The current link goes to the "Account Suspended" page.(2) Reason for ban?
Has the person who controlled the @CODOHForum account checked into why it was banned? Often twitter will give a notification saying it was a specific offending post.(3) Dedicated CODOH social media staff person or volunteer?
Has CODOH considered assigning someone both savvy in and "in to" Twitter to run its social media? Either volunteer or paid.
Since maybe the mid-2010s, it seems like all organizations have some designated person(s) "running their social media." Social media as part of the job description of an employee on the payroll, or in some cases a volunteer -- and not just on the side for fun or as an afterthought. I have been part of organizations in which I've seen this in action. I have seen organizations make plans even down to the time of day tweets are released that maximize their hoped-for reach to certain audiences. An elaborate operation. The organization had the equivalent of ca. 20 to 30 person-hours' worth of full-time employees in any given week and one person among them had say about one-third of his tasks set to overseeing the organization's social media and making daily tweets, etc., which meant ca. 1.5% of person-hour resources were dedicated exclusively to social media on a daily (M-F) basis -- on paid time, at an organization with revenue and expenses in the millions per annum. I'd bet in some cases some organizations devote even more relative resources than that 1.5% I've just estimated. Even something like an account auto-reposting all the new forum threads and other activity on the main CODOH site would be useful for outreach. (4) Is social media necessary? Pro:
I recently posted in another thread
on the IHR's decline (which is all 'history' to me because the critical events occurred before I became aware of Revisionism and when I was too young to have been aware of them anyway):
Many will charitably say the IHR was an "analog" organization and failed to transition to "digital," whatever that exactly means. The IHR Youtube channel has two videos: One is a video of Mark Weber asking for donations in 2010. The second is of Mark Weber asking for donations in 2012. That's the end. Were other videos deleted by Youtube censors, or is that it?
I've come across a Germar Rudolf essay on the decline of the IHR written in summer 2002 and he makes the same points, that the IHR by the early 2000s was fifteen or twenty years behind its time in technology (See "The End of the Line" section of the essay "IHR: Is the Ship Sinking?"
by Germar Rudolf, July 2002). He says they were still laying out the Journal of Historical Review
(r.i.p.) using 1980s technology, scissors and paste. Organizations with a thin or no social media presence, punching below their weight on social media, are obviously open to this same criticism today.(5) Is social media necessary? Con
: At the same time, pouring lots of time and energy into Twitter is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. For one thing, accounts do, often, get banned arbitrarily. When that happens, all their tweets and replies vanish. As people associated with CODOH tend to like historical preservation of documents (and tweets are a kind of documents of our era), this is intolerable and high risk.