In today’s chapter of “Facebook admin power goes straight to your head,” we bring you Cathy Stewart, the admin of Westford Friends.
Cathy is from Westford, but moved to Boise, ID and still runs the unofficial town gathering hole. It’s a small group with 6,000 members, and it’s mostly people posting about school closings, where to get Christmas trees, and who to hire for junk removal. Typical townie bullshit. Except Cathy lives in Boise, so she’s not really invested in the every day activities of people who live 2,500 miles from her.
Earlier in the week Cathy decided to do this.
Yes, that’s right – she started a $19 membership fee to join. Da fuq does this look like? Planet Fitness. It’s a fucking FACEBOOK GROUP. The day I pay $19 to be in a Facebook group with 6,000 people for the right to see posts about who’s the best chimney sweep in Chelmsford, is the day I literally start burning money.
The ego on this Karen.
It didn’t go over very well and the other three admins all left the group. A lot of people voiced their displeasure so a couple days later she announced that the fee was being waived.
And she made a long post explaining what happened.
First of all, you don’t have a large group. Six thousand people is child’s play on Facebook. It’s a small town you cut through when you’re traveling to Lowell, and nothing of value is happening in the group that would make it worth a penny.
Secondly, this whole, “I’m so busy because I CHOOSE to censor everyone and constantly monitoring feelings” is a crock of shit. Just do what Larry Boyd does in the Brockton Hub, or Sam Squalia does in Discussing Fitchburg Now – let people post whatever they want. If you get kicked out of one of those groups, you EARNED it. And coincidentally those are the best groups on Facebook. So no, you don’t get to whine about how busy you are as a Facebook admin when you’re the one who’s choosing to institute unenforceable rules that make you more busy.
Thirdly, being a Facebook admin is not a job. It’s amazing how many people think it is. You don’t deserve to get paid a dime for it, no matter how many hours you work.
Fourthly, the fact that she’d say it’s “none of your business” where the money goes, is further evidence that she deserves every last piece of public scorn directed her way.
Fifthly, spare me the “people wrote mean things about me” bullshit. You did something controversial on the Internet. That’s how it works. You tried ripping people off and profiting off of a de facto public forum that you pronounced yourself dictator of. Get over yourself. You’re not important in any way, shape, or form.
Sixthly, she also planned on charging businesses to advertise. Think about that for a minute. The members of the group are the product she’s selling, right? She’s accrued 6,000 people, and local businesses can market their products to them on the page. So then why is she also charging the members? She’s charging people so they can be targeted by ads. That’s not how any of this works.
Seventhly, you’re not providing anything of value. It’s not like she’s creating original content, or giving shit away. She literally just occupies a space that people have gravitated towards.
It gets better.
All the money goes to her. Sure, she has no overhead costs or any real reason to charge you other than making a quick book for doing nothing. But you’ll shut up and like it anyway.
She’s conducting phone interviews for admins.
Bragging about how people want to buy the group off of her so she won’t be handing it over.
Kicking people out for “liking” comments that were critical of her.
Totally not an insane, power hungry dictator.
Some have suggested that she not run a community page for a town she hasn’t lived in in over a year.
She’s also still selling ads for local businesses.
For the record, Facebook does let you do this. But you have to do it through them, because obviously they’re gonna want their cut too. Your Facebook group doesn’t actually belong to you. Mark Zuckerberg owns it and can take it whenever he feels like it. Trust me, I have extensive experience seeing that happen. This would be like opening up a store in the mall, charging people to come into your store, and then paying nothing in rent to the owner of the mall. So technically this policy violates Facebook’s terms of service, not that anyone gives a shit about that.
Either way, the idea that you think a Facebook page with 6,000 people is valuable real estate that businesses would pay to promote themselves on shows you just how much this little power has gone to her head. I could make a Facebook page with that many followers in less than 48 hours. There’s already a splinter Westford page with over 2,000 members. The Brockton Hub has 60,000 members and it’s free. This lunatic has gone full Greg Bates/North Shore Eats.
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